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Information for inbound GO LSE students

Welcome to the LSE community


As a GO LSE student, you'll soon be entering one of the most diverse and academically renowned universities in the world.



New students should follow the link below to visit the GO LSE student homepage. You will need to have complete pre-enrolment and set up your LSE network account in order to access the page.

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Congratulations on your offer to study on a GO LSE exchange programme. We can't wait to welcome you to campus soon!

The information below outlines some of the key things you'll need to do next, as well as what you can expect in the lead up to your arrival.

Your next steps:

Accept your offer on LSE for You

You should accept or decline your offer to study with us online via your LSE for You account. We must receive the form to officially record your acceptance of our offer. 

  • If you do not receive an invite to set up your LSE for You account within two weeks of receiving an offer, please email ard.exchanges@lse.ac.uk (including your LSE ID number) for support.
  • Accepting your offer is not binding, and should you subsequently wish to decline your offer before registration you will be able to do so without incurring any penalty.
  • There is no formal deadline for accepting your offer, however we cannot continue processing your application until you have accepted. This will delay us sending you important documents and may impact your visa application timeline.

Read through important information

We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with a number of key sources of information.

  • The GO LSE Offer Pack is your essential guide to finding answers to frequently asked questions and learning more about what to expect during your programme.
  • The LSE Welcome Guide provides information on what to expect once you arrive in the UK and at LSE.

Send us any requested documents

In your offer email we may have let you know that we need additional or official copies of certain documents. It is essential that you provide these as soon as possible as you won't be able to register as an LSE student until we have received and approved them.

  • Check your offer email and ensure that we receive all outstanding documents as soon as possible. 
  • Send official documents and transcripts directly from your institution or study abroad adviser. This includes transcript services such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Any requested documents should be sent to ard.exchanges@lse.ac.uk.
  • We cannot accept hard copy documents

Arrange your accommodation

LSE accommodation:

All GO LSE students participating in a year-long exchange who have accepted their offer and made their accommodation booking by the deadline of 9 June 2023 are guaranteed a place in LSE or University of London accommodation (subject to availability).

Bookings continue to be accepted after 9 June whilst rooms remain available so offer holders are encouraged to make their booking as soon as possible.

  • Browse and learn more about our available student accommodation on the accommodation webpages.
  • Apply for accommodation using the LSE Student Accommodation System.
  • You must have accepted your offer in order to be considered for guaranteed accommodation.
  • Plan to arrive in London and move into your accommodation by Sunday 17 September 2023. Welcome activities on campus will start on Monday 18 September 2023.

Private accommodation:

GO LSE students can also opt to find housing in the private sector.

  • If you wish to live in private accommodation, please visit our accommodation pages for further information and advice.

Complete the Financial Undertaking Form

Students on the GO LSE exchange programme pay no tuition fee to LSE. However, GO LSE students from some institutions will still have to complete parts of the Financial Undertaking Form (FUF).

For GO LSE students from Sciences Po and Berkeley:

  • You will receive an email requesting that you complete an online Financial Undertaking Form. Please complete the form as soon as possible once you receive it.
  • You will only be required to complete the data release section of the form.
  • You will need to fill out this form before we can issue your CAS number (see 'Applying for a visa' below), which you will need for your visa application.

For GO LSE students from all other institutions:

  • You are not required to complete any sections of the FUF as you will provide the required information as part of your initial application.

If you have any questions, please contact ard.exchanges@lse.ac.uk.

Apply for a Student Visa from the end of June

Obtaining a visa:

The GO LSE team is not legally permitted to give you advice on obtaining a visa to enter the UK.

Visit the LSE Student Advice and Engagement Team webpages for information about visas. If you have any questions regarding visas then please contact the team by completing their online enquiry form.

Your CAS number:

Receiving a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number is essential before you can complete your visa application. In order to be able to receive your CAS by the earliest possible issue date, ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • You hold an unconditional offer.
  • You have accepted your offer on LSE for You.
  • You have returned a scanned copy of your passport photo page to ard.exchanges@lse.ac.uk (we will email you to request this in the coming months).
  • You have completed the Financial Undertaking Form (where applicable).

Indicate your course preferences

To help us better plan for the coming academic session, we require all GO LSE exchange students to confirm their course preferences prior to the formal course registration period in September.

  • You will be emailed and asked to complete an online survey to indicate your course preferences. These will then be reviewed and you will be contacted over the summer months should we have any comments or concerns. 
  • The courses you select at this stage will be used to allocate you to an academic department at LSE.
  • Please note that your course preferences are not guaranteed. However, we will do everything possible to ensure that you can join your preferred courses.
  • You will be asked in early September to officially register for your chosen courses.
  • When making your final course choices please consult the Undergraduate Course Catalogue and the additional guidance provided on course levels and economics options.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the courses you have chosen fit with your home university’s academic requirements. It is the responsibility of your home institution to determine whether credit will be awarded.

Consider health insurance

You are eligible for National Health Service (NHS) treatment once you have paid the compulsory immigration health surcharge.

Even if you are entitled to free NHS healthcare during your time in the UK, you may like to take out private health insurance. Private health services are often able to offer treatment faster than if you went through the NHS.

There are many companies who provide private healthcare insurance, but LSE is unable to make recommendations about the best provider for your needs. 


 Get ready for LSE:

Attend our pre-arrival events

Before you arrive, we'll be hosting informal sessions to help answer your questions and give you the opportunity to meet other GO LSE exchange students.

Our annual series of Destination LSE events took place in July.  

If you missed the events, you can catch up on the Destination LSE resources page.

Connect on social media

Join the GO LSE Offer Holders' Facebook group:

Joining the GO LSE Offer Holders' Facebook Group is a great way to network with your fellow classmates before and after you arrive on campus

See more of life at LSE on social media:

To see what it's like to be a study abroad student at LSE, follow @LSE_GeneralCourse and #LSEStudyAbroad on Instagram.


Watch our offer holders videos

Countdown to LSE

This short video covers everything you need to have done before arriving at LSE.  Watch the video on Youtube.


This page was last reviewed on 16 December 2022.