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Student life

Discover what LSE and London have to offer to you as a student.


As a student at LSE you'll be part of the LSE community and part of the wider community of London. Read on to discover what student life in the UK's capital city has to offer.

To start off with David Gordon, LSE Students’ Union General Secretary 2020-21 explains what the LSE Students' Union (LSESU) can offer.

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David Gordon LSE Students’ Union General Secretary 2020-21 explains what the LSE Students' Union (LSESU) can offer our students.

Why LSE?

Recently we asked our students past and present a few questions about what they thought about the LSE experience. Take a look at what they said.

Student life and activities on campus

Our campus is both a place for students to focus on their academic studies and a place which enables them to engage with their interests and passions beyond the world of academia. As an LSE student you'll be spoilt for choice, in terms of how to spend your free time. Students often say that there are almost too many options!

  • You might like to join one or more of the 200+ societies run by the LSE Students' Union

  • Perhaps you want to continue playing a sport you have been playing at school or try out an entirely new one - if so then the LSESU have 40+ athletics union sports teams for you to get involved with. Take a look at what sports are on offer on their webpages. For serious sportsmen and women the LSESU also offer a Sports Performance Programme, which offers financial aid, strength and conditioning support and tailored workshops to participants.

  • Alternatively you could join the LSESU Gym or get involved with the LSESU Active LifeStylE programme

  • Perhaps you would like to join one of the LSESU run media channels, writing for one of their publications, getting involved in their TV channel LooSE TV or with the radio station PuLSE radio.

  • You could also spend your time volunteering through opportunities offered by either LSESU RAG (LSE Students' Union Raising and Giving - this is the charity arm of the LSESU) or the LSE Volunteering Centre.

  • LSE Events run a series of public lectures on campus, which as an LSE student you are excellently placed to attend! The lectures are usually free and are open to the public and enable our guests and students to gain exposure to some of the world’s leading thinkers and speakers. There is normally an event held on campus every week day during term time.

  • If you're interested in art or music then LSE Arts and Music run art exhibitions on campus, hold weekly lunchtime music concerts and more. 

This list is by no means exhaustive and there is plenty more to explore. Find out more about life on campus on our campus life pages.

Your department will also have its own offerings of events and things to get involved in. Read more about this in the 'our departments and programmes' section.

London life

There are countless benefits to being a student in London, whether academic, professional or social. Whatever your interests, you will find plenty of things to do in the city! 

Each area of London has something different to offer. Read our recent graduate Thuy’s guide of what to eat, visit and do and where!

Have a look at our top reasons to study in the city, our essential guide to London and explore the city using our tailored google map.

Your finances

We know that students can sometimes have concerns about the cost of being a student in London. 

We would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our fees and funding pages to find out more about the financial support offered by LSE, government loans and tuition fees.

We typically recommend that students budget for £1100 - £1300 a month for living expenses, including accommodation, food, travel and other personal expenses. Our ‘London on a budget’ guide offers information about budgeting and includes tips and advice from LSE students. If you plan carefully, it's possible to live economically whilst making the most of what the city has to offer.

Ask a student a question at one of our live Q&A sessions

Meet the LSE Students' Union at their live online sessions