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Social Programme, student life and Professional Skills

I thought meeting new people was going to be challenging. However, you're in such welcoming surroundings that meeting like-minded people and making friends has been easy

Aleksa Antic, Tax, Justice and Society, 2019

Our bespoke Social Programme will help you make life-long friends and build valuable networks. This will be an essential starting point for those of you keen to discover London We have an exciting array of free and ticketed events and recommendations of things to do around London. Our Professional Skills Programme will help you to develop your career potential and get to grips with different industries. 

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Social Programme; Professional SkillsCultural events in London; Around Campus; Food; Getting around London



Social Programme

We arrange a variety of events for you to get to know your peers and discover London.  Make the most of our free and ticketed events and our recommendations of things to do, from sampling the thriving food scene to discovering unique events!



“The Social Programme was so well organised and I met so many friends through the different events. I would definitely recommend putting yourself out there and attending as many as you can.”

Megan, ME117: Further Statistics for Economics and Econometrics



Professional Skills

Our Professional Skills programme complements your academic programme, and comprises workshops, events and resources to help you develop your job search strategy, understand key industries, grow digital, and data skills, become more entrepreneurial, and better understand yourself in the context of your future career.

Take a look at our Professional Skills events and resources for summer 2022.



“I participated in the CV workshop which was really helpful in guiding me in my current internship application. I'm really glad I could take advantage of these Professional Skills resources during my time here.”

Katharina, IR100: Great Thinkers and Pivotal Leaders: Shaping the Global Order



Cultural events in London

There are plenty of things to do in a city as diverse and energetic as London, and we’ve got a few recommendations so that you can make the most out of your time here:

Discover some of London's best art galleries, including Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery and more. Many galleries run special evening events where you get the chance to explore after hours whilst enjoying the party atmosphere.

For the film buffs of you, there are many cinemas in London to visit on a rainy day, with the old-school Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square screening reruns, all nighters and double bills. The BFI on Southbank offers all you could want, with movies old and new, as well as £3 tickets for under-25s!

London is also host to numerous day-long music festivals in the summer months, including Field Day, Lovebox and Wireless.

Find more inspiration with the LSE ‘Essential London’ guide.


"London is such a cosmopolitan city with so many events and experiences on offer. You are never stuck to find something to do here at any time of day. I particularly enjoyed going for walks around the city and discovering something new around every corner.”

Benjamin, LL204: Cyberlaw



Around Campus

If you’re looking for a quiet study space…

Try the library, located in the Lionel Robbins Building.

If you’re looking for some food or drink…

We have plenty of cafés, which are in nearly every campus building. There are also spaces to eat your own food and water fountains to keep hydrated in the summer months.

Take a look at our Food and Drink guide.

If you’re in need of some exercise…

We have state-of-the-art gyms, netball, tennis and badminton courts for you to enjoy all over campus.

Take a look at our Gym guide.

If you need some fresh air…

We are located right next to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a favourite for students on a hot summer’s day!

Take a look at our Social and Green Spaces guide.



“I've been amazed by the facilities at LSE. The campus is very modern and all of the buildings are close by. There are also plenty of cafes and social spaces to relax and study at.”

Ina, FM255: Financial Markets and Portfolio Management



Although there are plenty of food options for you to choose from on-campus, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the abundance of cuisines available around the city.

The Strand, Aldwych/Kingsway and Ludgate Circus are all on your doorstep if you’re looking for a quick lunch. Head a little further out and you’ll hit Chinatown, Soho, and Covent Garden,  three metropolitan hubs of culture, good food and exciting nightlife.

There are also plenty of food markets all over London to visit, including: Borough Market, Southbank food stalls, Metropolitano Mercato, Boxpark Shoreditch and Broadway Market. Or you can discover a tantalising selection of London’s top restaurants at the Taste of London festival in Regent’s Park.

Find more inspiration with the LSE ‘Essential London’ guide.

Jessica Lee (4)

'The amazing thing about London is that there are so many different restaurants and cuisines that are all within walking distance. It's pretty amazing and extremely convenient to have so many different options on your doorstep." 

Jessica Lee, International Relations Childhood Across Cultures and Wealth Across Nations



Getting around London

London has a brilliant transport system, which is easy to navigate once you get a hold of the basics. If you’re on campus, or at one of our halls of residence, most of the major central London destinations will be within walking distance.

If you’re looking to travel on public transport you should avoid using cash to get the best value for money (buses in London are now cashless). We recommend using a bank issued contactless credit or debit card, an Oyster card or the Apple/Google Pay app on your phone.

You can buy Oyster cards at any underground station for a small fee, which is refundable if you return your Oyster card at the end of your trip. You can add money to your Oyster card as often as you like online or at underground, overground and DLR stations as well as at some newsagents. 

If you’re looking to travel in style, you can also hop on a River Bus along the Thames or the Emirates Cable Car between Royal Victoria and Greenwich.

A few things to remember:

  • You cannot buy a ticket directly from bus drivers, all London buses are cashless and you will either need a travelcard, an Oyster card with money on it, a contactless credit/debit debit card or your phone via Apple Pay or Google pay.
  • Peak hours are the busiest time to travel, and the cost of tube travel is higher at these times. Try and avoid taking the tube between peak hours (Monday to Friday (not on public holidays) between 06:30 and 09:30, and between 16:00 and 19:00).
  • At present, under COVID-19 guidelines, everyone travelling on public transport must wear a face mask, unless they have certain health conditions that make them exempt.

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