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Student life

Your student experience. 


Our students not only benefit from being part of the LSE community, but can take advantage of all of the benefits that come with living in London. 

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?

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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 interests and activities outside of their degree.

  • We have 200+ societies run by the LSE Students' Union, covering a wide range of academic, career, charity, faith, media, creative, national, cultural and activity based interests. Watch the LSE Students' Union Q&A sessions from our 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Open Day to find out more: Session 1Session 2

  • Whether you're a beginner or a top-level athlete competing at national level, the LSESU have you covered! There are over 40 Athletics Union sports teams, an on campus gym and fitness studio, fitness classes and a dedicated Sports Performance Programme.

  • The LSESU media channels include a radio station (PuLSE Radio), student newspaper and journal.

  • Although we are a specialist social science institution, there is a lively and vibrant cultural side to life at LSE! LSE Arts and Music run art and photography exhibitions, hold weekly lunchtime music concerts and performance nights. We also have a choir and orchestra and a dedicated music practice room located in the historic Shaw Library. 

  • There are lots of ways to get involved in volunteering and campaigning at LSE. LSESU RAG (LSE Students' Union Raising and Giving) and the LSE Volunteering Centre can help you explore your options and find placements. 
  • Our public events enable our students and members of the public to hear from some of the world’s leading academics, presidents, prime minsters, international business leaders and policy makers. These events are free to attend and open to all. These lectures are currently taking place online, so they're easier than ever for you to attend!
  • Several departments offer undergraduate students the chance to get involved with research projects and internships, within academic departments, or with external organisations and businesses. 
  • LSE Careers run events throughout the year both on and off campus. Events include career and internship fairs, sector specific events, employer and alumni insight sessions, professional development workshops as well as one-to-one appointments with a careers consultant. Read the LSE Careers guidance for applicants here
  • The School's centre for personal, professional and academic development, LSE LIFE, run workshops, talks and events designed to help students develop skills that will benefit them during their time at LSE and beyond. Their LIFE in London series of social events are designed to help students make the most of their time in the city, meet new people and have fun!
  • Living in a hall of residence is a great way to meet new people and quickly become part of a student community. Each residence will have their own programme of social activities throughout the year, from brunches to bar crawls. 
  • Departments will also run their own activities and events for their students, including pizza parties, film screenings, formal balls and boat cruises.

Watch the student panels from our 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Open Day to find out more about our student life at LSE:

Find out more on our campus life pages.

London life

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

Every area of London has its own identity and something different to offer. Use the resources below to find out more about being a student in London.

Your finances

We know that students can 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.

The number of awards, their value and the eligibility criteria vary from year to year. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need in the first instance. Scholarships being offered for 2021 entry include:

  • Uggla Family Scholarships: 7 scholarships for new UK undergraduate students (£20,060 per year) and 3 scholarships for new overseas undergraduate students (£27,526 per year). Awards will be renewed for each subsequent year of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • LSE Stelios Scholarships: Award value of £10,000 per year for students from the UK, Greece and Cyprus on business related degrees.
  • Undergraduate Support Scheme: Awards are usually between £6,000 and £15,000, renewable for each year of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

We typically recommend that students budget for £1100 - £1300 a month for living expenses, including accommodation, food, travel and other personal expenses. This amount that you spend will vary depending on your lifestyle, personal preferences and requirements, so it's important you do your own research. There are lots of budgeting tools that can help you plan your budget. Part-time work may also be an option for some students, and there are often on-campus opportunities available including event stewarding, administration and our Student Ambassador Scheme. 

Our ‘London on a budget’ guide offers information about budgeting and includes tips and advice from LSE students. If you plan carefully, it is possible to live economically whilst making the most of what the city has to offer.