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Social calendar

 An exciting range of subsidised social activities for General Course students.

During your time as a General Course student you'll be able to access a full calendar of social events, with something new every week, that has been designed and subsidised exclusively to help you make the most of your time at LSE.

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Anusha's experience of General Course social life Anusha Agarwal (2019-20) & LSE

Below are a few key highlights of social events held throughout the year. 

Welcome Week Boat Party

Held in the week prior to the start of Michaelmas (Autumn) term, this popular icebreaker is a great way to meet your fellow students whilst enjoying the beautiful views of London from the river Thames.

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Tower Bridge on the River Thames

Cumberland Lodge Academic Retreat

Located 27 miles to the West of London, Cumberland Lodge is the largest house in Windsor Great Park. The General Course visit acts as an introduction to both the School and the UK and involves a mixture of academic seminars and social activities, as well as the opportunity to explore the Park and Windsor itself. Held over a weekend in the October it is open to around 50 students each year, with the cost subsidised by the School. You can read through the programme of events from 2019 here.

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General Course Cumberland Lodge visit, October 2019
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Cumberland Lodge
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Anusha talks about her weekend at Cumberland Lodge


Experience London's famous West End in one of its 38 theatres! In 2016/17 General Course students saw Wicked, Les Miserables, Phanton of the Opera, the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Billy Elliott, Lion King, Matilda, School of Rock and Aladdin the Musical. 

Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and the Lion King

Walking Tours

One of the best ways to explore the distinct areas of London is by foot. Students can participate in a number of tours including the Camden Music Pub Tour, Alternative London Walking Tour, Greenwich, London Treasure Hunt, Southbank, a Perfect Day in London, Hidden Pubs of London and the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour.

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The Southbank with iconic landmarks including the London Eye
View from Greenwich Park

Famous landmarks in the UK

A number of must-see locations and sites are included in the calendar including trips to Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Stonehenge & Bath and the Ultimate Harry Potter Experience.

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Hampton Court Palace
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UK Cities

London is a great base from which to explore the UK at the weekend with visits to Dover Castle & Canterbury, York, Cambridge, Brighton, Oxford & Cotswolds, Edinburgh & the Highlands and Cardiff & the Brecon Beacons. 

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Dover Castle sits atop the famous White Cliffs

European trips

London is ideally situated to explore some European cities. As part of the social calendar you can visit picturesque Paris, beautiful Bruges and exquisite Amsterdam. 

Paris, France
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Bruges, Belgium