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Information for parents and carers

We understand that starting university can be an anxious time for parents and carers, as well as for students. These web pages help to answer some of your questions and flag other useful resources available at LSE.

 

Studying at LSE

Studying at LSE will be a challenging, stimulating and eye-opening experience. We expect our students to critically engage with their degree and consider the real-world application of the academic topics they are studying.

Our academics: Our students are taught by world-leading academics whose research plays a key role in informing public debates and shaping the world we live in. Over 97% of our academic staff are actively engaged in research, with many acting as expert advisers to political parties, the Civil Service and policy pressure groups. 

Our programmes: We offer 40 undergraduate degrees, many of which are joint or combined honours programmes such as BSc International Relations and Chinese. As we are keen for students to develop transferable skills and understand the interdisciplinary nature of social science, almost all programmes allow students to select “outside” options during their studies. These could be courses from other academic departments, or language or literature courses offered by our Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

LSE teaching and learning, 2021-22 

LSE is committed to offering you the best possible teaching and learning experience within the constraints of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our expectation for the 2021-22 academic year is that all LSE students will be in London and studying on campus, where we will provide flexible teaching and learning which blends both in-person and online elements. This flexible approach has been informed by our student and academic community and builds upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year. 

We aim to run in-person teaching for the vast majority of seminars and classes, alongside face-to-face community-building and networking activities. You will also have opportunities to interact with fellow students and academic faculty outside of the classroom in LSE’s many social spaces, halls of residence, cafés and Students’ Union societies. The Library, support services and all campus buildings will be open for you to use and enjoy. 

Larger group teaching, such as lectures, will be largely delivered online, either synchronously or asynchronously. Some other aspects of your programme may also be online but, when this happens, we will always prioritise opportunities for interactive engagement between students. Department and programme teams will develop the balance of their teaching, learning and assessment to enable you to learn effectively and benefit from your programmes of study. It may be possible to deliver more lectures in-person in the Lent Term.  

Students are expected to arrive in London from the start of their programme for in-person teaching. However, some students may, exceptionally, not be able to arrive in London at the start of their studies due to coronavirus travel restrictions. If this were to affect you, we will support you by offering flexible arrangements at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. However, students should aim to arrive in London as soon as possible to join their programmes for in-person teaching.  

We expect the government to share more guidance about social distancing and COVID safety measures in the coming weeks as we follow the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown. Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community and our flexible approach to teaching and learning means that we will be able to flex and adapt our campus to the evolving COVID situation. We will provide further updates to our approach to teaching and learning as government advice is issued. 

More information about LSE’s flexible approach to teaching and learning and how we are keeping our community safe can be found on our website.  

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Student support

LSE provides a range of academic, personal and pastoral support systems. 

Academic 

Every student is allocated an academic mentor who is responsible for maintaining an overview of their academic progress and general wellbeing throughout their time at School. 

Students can also seek guidance from their academic departments, class teachers, seminar leaders and academic support librarians. 

LSE LIFE our centre for academic, professional and personal development, offers support in a variety of ways. These include one-to-one advice sessions, study skills workshops and peer-to-peer mentoring. 

Our Language Centre offer modern language courses, a proofreading and translation service and English language support. 

Personal and pastoral  

Personal and pastoral support can be provided by lots of teams at the School, including:

  • Student Services Centre: This is the first point of contact for most general queries, including admissions, financial support, immigration and visas and exams.
  • Disability and Wellbeing service: The Disability and Wellbeing team offer support to students with disabilities and long-term medical conditions.
  • Student Wellbeing and Counselling service 
  • Peer Support Scheme: The Peer Support Scheme offers students the chance to talk to other students about anything they are worried about. 
  • LSE Students’ Union Advice Service 
  • Off Campus Support Scheme: This scheme is designed to provide first year students not living in LSE halls support settling into LSE. Students are allocated a student mentor and can meet other students not living in LSE halls. 
  • Careers Service: The Careers Service offer support in finding part time jobs, internships, volunteering opportunities and graduate roles. They offer career advice appointments, run events and help students explore their different career options.
  • Residential Services: Every hall of residence has its own team of wardens and a hall committee, who are there to provide practical and pastoral support. They also have a private housing service who can help students find private accommodation.  
  • Faith Centre 
  • Medical care 

Parents or carers of international students may find our guidance for students moving to the UK and overcoming culture shock helpful. 

Find out more about how we support students at LSE.

Careers

Our Careers Service provides a great deal of support, from helping students begin their career research when they first arrive at the School, to providing guidance to alumni up to five years after graduation.

The Careers Service offer a range of events, information and advice to help the personal and professional develop of each individual student at the School. Career seminars, sector specific events and employer presentations are designed to help students investigate their career options and start building their career. They also run overseas events in in Brussels, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, reflecting the global opportunities for our students. 

Employers value an LSE education because of the intellectual rigour, real-world application and global outlook of our programmes. A degree from LSE is widely recognised internationally and our students go on to work all over the world. 

Visit our Graduate destinations database to find out more about what LSE graduates do.

Our International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) can provide information for international students who wish to work in the UK post-graduation. More information can be found in their information sheets and FAQs for international students.

You may also find the advice from the LSE Careers service for prospective students helpful. 

Fees and funding

For many of our undergraduate students this will be their first time living away from home. LSE has advice and guidance on hand to help them manage their money and to make their budgets go further. 

We recommend that students allow around £1,100-£1,300 per month for all living expenses, including accommodation, travel, food, laundry, study costs, and other personal expenses.  More information about living costs and preparing (and sticking to!) a budget can be found on our London on a budget page.

Tuition fees 

All LSE tuition fees are published on the Table of fees. This is updated in Spring each year. 

Home/UK students

The 2021 fee for new UK students is £9,250. The fee may rise with inflation in subsequent years of study. 

EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that students from the EU, other EEA countries and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate: www.gov.uk/guidance/studying-in-the-uk-guidance-for-eu-students.

It is our current understanding that this does not apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. We are waiting for further clarification on the fee status rules from the UK Government and UKCISA. 

Please refer to the Department for Education Policy document and FAQs

Information for UK nationals living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

Overseas students

The 2021 fee for new overseas students (including EU) is £22,430 per year. Overseas students are required to pay this fee in instalments or in full at the start of each year. 

If students have any queries about their tuition fee payments they should contact the Fees Office

Tuition fee loan 

UK students who begin their undergraduate studies in 2021 can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fee for the duration of their undergraduate programme. The money is paid directly to the university through the Student Loans Company. Students apply for the loan annually, for each year of their studies. The loan is repaid once the student has graduated and is earning over the repayment threshold.

EU/EEA students

EU, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals starting a programme on or after 1 August 2021 with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligibile for student finance.

Please refer to the Department for Education Policy document and FAQs

Information for UK nationals living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

Full details of eligibility criteria for funding

Find out about interest rates and repaying loans

Maintenance loan 

UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan from the UK government to assist with their living costs. Students apply for the loan annually, for each year of their studies. This is repaid once the student has graduated and is earning over the repayment threshold. 

The Maintenance Loan value will be determined by household income, UK government funding arrangements where the student normally lives (arrangements will be different in England and Wales for instance) and whether the student will be living at home or not. 

The maximum Student Finance England Maintenance loan for students studying in London and living at home is £7,987 (2021 entry). The maximum loan amount for students studying in London and living away from home is £12,382 (2021 entry). 

Students should apply initially for both loans (maintenance and tuition fee) in the spring before starting university. 

Please check the government website for more information about eligibility, applying for loans and repayment. 

LSE Financial Support 

LSE offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to new students each year. Applicants apply for these awards before they enrol at the School. However, the School can also offer assistance to students who encounter unexpected financial difficulties once they have enrolled. Further information and guidance, along with contact details, can be found on our Financial Support Office website. 

LSE Students' Union 

The LSESU can also provide guidance and support on financial matters and administers a hardship fund for students facing unexpected financial difficulties. Further information can be found on the LSESU website. 

Offer holder newsletters

Over the past few months we have sent out newsletters to our undergraduate offer holders containing useful information about the admissions process and about life at LSE. You can find all of the updates on our offer holders' pages here.

LSE News and COVID-19

Follow the latest news from LSE and its world leading academic community here.

LSE teaching and learning, 2021-22 

LSE is committed to offering you the best possible teaching and learning experience within the constraints of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our expectation for the 2021-22 academic year is that all LSE students will be in London and studying on campus, where we will provide flexible teaching and learning which blends both in-person and online elements. This flexible approach has been informed by our student and academic community and builds upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year. 

We aim to run in-person teaching for the vast majority of seminars and classes, alongside face-to-face community-building and networking activities. You will also have opportunities to interact with fellow students and academic faculty outside of the classroom in LSE’s many social spaces, halls of residence, cafés and Students’ Union societies. The Library, support services and all campus buildings will be open for you to use and enjoy. 

Larger group teaching, such as lectures, will be largely delivered online, either synchronously or asynchronously. Some other aspects of your programme may also be online but, when this happens, we will always prioritise opportunities for interactive engagement between students. Department and programme teams will develop the balance of their teaching, learning and assessment to enable you to learn effectively and benefit from your programmes of study. It may be possible to deliver more lectures in-person in the Lent Term.  

Students are expected to arrive in London from the start of their programme for in-person teaching. However, some students may, exceptionally, not be able to arrive in London at the start of their studies due to coronavirus travel restrictions. If this were to affect you, we will support you by offering flexible arrangements at the beginning of Michaelmas Term. However, students should aim to arrive in London as soon as possible to join their programmes for in-person teaching.  

We expect the government to share more guidance about social distancing and COVID safety measures in the coming weeks as we follow the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown. Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our community and our flexible approach to teaching and learning means that we will be able to flex and adapt our campus to the evolving COVID situation. We will provide further updates to our approach to teaching and learning as government advice is issued. 

More information about LSE’s flexible approach to teaching and learning and how we are keeping our community safe can be found on our website.  

19 April 2021