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Hi, was hoping for some advice on accommodation!
is it true northumberland has a majority of PostGrads?
which is the best for 1st year undergrads?
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Hi, was hoping for some advice on accommodation!
is it true northumberland has a majority of PostGrads?
which is the best for 1st year undergrads?
Yes Northumberland does have a majority postgraduates. But if you like a quieter environment this may be better. Carr Saunders and Passfield are only undergraduate halls.

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(Original post by kuhlaireee)
Not really sure if this is a question that makes sense, but it's one that I couldn't find an answer to.

A couple of friends of mine who are in uni atm have told me how in certain modules, the professors make final adjustments to final module grades such that only a certain percentage of people get firsts, only a certain percentage of people get 2:1, etc. This would mean that if out of 200 people, 80 people got higher than 70%, those who were on the lower spectrum (say 40 out of the 80) would be 'bumped down' to 2:1s in order to maintain the set percentages. One even said this 'bell-curve' would be applied to the graduating class such that only a select percentage would attain firsts and a certain amount 2:1... get my drift?

I'm just wondering if LSE practices this - because if they do I'd start freaking out now - and if you've ever had your marks "ajdusted" or heard of people who were on track for a first being awarded a 2:1 instead? Hope that makes sense!

Also, two more things: are the LSE halls terribly 'cliquey' ie is it easy to just meet and talk with anyone during meals?
and have you had any encounters with LSE mature students and do you know if they've managed to adjust well? Just curious, because I'm going to be one Thanks so much for taking the time to do this btw!
Hi, I have not heard off this "bell curve" mechanism so unfortunately I can not advise you on the matter. I wouldn't be surprised if that did occur marginally to adjust results however I do not know so I don't want to give you incorrect information.
The mature students are fine because there are some other mature students on postgrad programmes and some also on undergrad programmes and additionally, mature students can become friends with everyone else. No worries .
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Favorite lecturer and what course?


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My favourite lecturer is Ioannis Kouletsis from MA100. Pretty much because he is ridiculously smart and a very good teacher. For me he's the best teacher/lecturer at LSE. I'm lucky because he's my class teacher and lecturer.
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Thank you for this thread which is really helpful.

I am actually so excited to see this thread because I have received an offer for the economics and economic history, the same as you!

Some of your answers really helps me to make the final decision, thank you again.

by the way, could you give any comments about Northumberland House where I plan to apply accommodation?

I wish I can see you in October.
No worries, I'm glad. You will have a great time I'm sure!
Northumberland is a nice hall and luckily you're only 10 minutes away frmo LSE. A good place to check for information is here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lifeAtLSE/accom...eHomePage.aspx
(check the FAQs also)
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Hello,

My name is Fizza and I got into LSE for my postgrad in Development Studies.

I applied for accommodation and my preferences were: Single en-suite, catered.

I have attained accommodation at Lillian Penson Hall. I looked it up and the hall and rooms look pretty nice to me. However, the hall is at a 25 minute distance from LSE through underground. Is it really that big an issue? How will that affect my budget?
Hi Fizza, congrats on your offer.
Lillian Penson is a nice hall but it is quite far. I think because the transport system is good is shouldn't be too much of an issue but it can work out to be a bit expensive. The best thing you can probably do is apply for an Oyster card if you dont already have one and check online how much the student fare will cost daily. If its an amount you are willing to pay then Lillian Penson is a good hall because 50% will be postgrads like yourself.
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Hello Aj_16

My son is looking at accommodation
Which is better?
Need en suite if possible and 38 weeks contract
Bankside High Holborn or rosebery
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Hi Fizza, congrats on your offer.
Lillian Penson is a nice hall but it is quite far. I think because the transport system is good is shouldn't be too much of an issue but it can work out to be a bit expensive. The best thing you can probably do is apply for an Oyster card if you dont already have one and check online how much the student fare will cost daily. If its an amount you are willing to pay then Lillian Penson is a good hall because 50% will be postgrads like yourself.
I checked the ticket costs and its 3 pounds for a one-way underground ride from Lillian Penson to LSE. Thats the cost without the Oyster card discount though. Will it amount to a lot for the year? Besides, LSE doesn't really give any options after it has allocated the accommodation. Is there any other way to go about it?
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Hey AJ, hope you don't mind me jumping in on this threat but I think it'd be nice to give a second perspective too.

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Received an unconditional offer at postgraduate level today. I'm currently wondering about the following:

1. Is it common for full-time students to do internships during their studies?

2. I have heard that many prospective students tend to begin applying for internships or after-graduation jobs before they've even started their studies at LSE - is this true?
1. I asked my academic adviser for a reference for a term-time internship and he refused me because the commitment was 15 hours a week and he thought it was too intensive. The school doesn't like you doing more than 10 hours of employment a week during term regardless if it's Maccy D's or Goldman Sachs - but they don't officially ban it, they just try and dissuade you.

Interships are more common in term-time for politicky/public policy kids because most of the firms offering internships in auditing, finance, banking, consulting w/e w/e tend to structure their internships around the university term structure because they're not time sensitive, whereas a think-tank, NGO or charity might need employees for a specific time frame for a specific project.

2. For undergrads? Nah. For post-grads? Some do.

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Looking at accommodation for my first year. Could you help me with a few things?

1. Where are/did you stay and did you like it and why? Bankside?

2. Which halls are the best and why?

3. Is Roseberry Middyton wing mainly filled with postgrads?

4. What's the typical food at Bankside and is it nice?

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1. Rosebery. I like it. The location is great, the price is cheap, the staff are quite nice and there's a good mix of people. The reputation of it being the sociable hall is accurate, but bear in mind that often comes with strings attached (loud and messy at times)

2. I love Rosebery for the above reasons. My ex was at NH and although it was fancy and an an amazing location I hated it - it felt so isolated. HH is also really antisocial - the layout is 'pods' of flats clustered around a shared kitchen so it's often quite difficult to get to know your neighbour behind the 4 rooms you share a kitchen with. In contrast Rbery, CS, Passfield and Bankside all have rooms along a corridor which I think is better.

3. Middlyton is 100% post grad. Rbery wing is 100% UG. The canteen/cafeteria, games room, telly room are all in Rbery wing and used by both sets of students. It's not necessarily always the case, but certainly in my friendship group there's a good mix of UG and PG.

4. Can't answer for bankside but at Rbery there's always a meat, fish, veg and Halal option. There's always a desert (hot, cold, or yoghurt) and a fairly decent salad selection. I think the veg sides are usually crap as the boil the sodding vitamins out of them, and sometimes the food combos are weird as ****. Otherwise, no complaints

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Hi,
I've received an invitation to sit for the UGAA test for accounting and finance and am not sure how long my essay should be. Any advice ? Suggestions ?
I'm a Gov student so I completed sections A, B2 and C last year; meaning that my essay element (B2) was worth 50% of my grade. I'd estimate I turned in about 800-1000 words. If you want a bit more guidance feel free to PM
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Hello Aj_16

My son is looking at accommodation
Which is better?
Need en suite if possible and 38 weeks contract
Bankside High Holborn or rosebery
I know you asked Aj that question but I was looking for similar as well. Does your son want food as part of the contract?
If so, he won't get it at HH. I applied for Bankside shared ensuite as first choice and Bankside single ensuite as second choice with Roseberry shared ensuite as third. I got my first choice of a shared ensuite at Bankside so I know my weekly rent is between £127 and £141 and I can start my budgeting knowing what my costs are.
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Hi - I know this has all probably been asked before, but if you don't mind me asking, that'd be great.

1. How does the social life and workload compare to other london unis? (UCL/KCL)?
2. Do you find that nationalities are cliquey?

Thanks!
1. One of my besties is at an ICH and he hates it because even the UCL students have a much smaller workload than he does. That said, I have 9 contact hours a week and I probably follow that through with about 10 hours of independent study (general reading, rewriting notes, doing essays) and I'm hovering between a 2:1 and a first over all my modules so it's not too bad at all. (I'm not including the massively ****ing pointless LSE100 in my calculations here).

In terms of social life, you can make it as little or as much of it as you want. I go out about 4 times a week and the only reason it isn't more is I physically don't have the money. In terms of more 'regular' socialising, I meet with different friends on campus nearly everyday for an event or a cheeky pint. Of the mates I have at other Unis, I'd say the only ones who have more of an active social life than me are my SOAS mates and that's because they're stoned 24/7 (all the soas stereotypes are true)

2. Sorry if this offends anyone, but south east Asian nationalities are, generally speaking, massively cliquey. Even people I've been sharing a floor and a kitchen with for 6 months will still occasionally ignore me when I try and make small talk and I think that's bang out of order. On a wider point? I wouldn't call a lot of what goes on cliquey. Yeah, certain students will talk each other in their own language and join the national society; but in the last few weeks of term I went to an Irish St. Paddy's day event, a Mexican-Soc pub quiz, and a joint Scandi-Soc/Latin American-Soc boat party and never felt less than 100% welcome. On top of that, my immediate circle of friends consists of 8 nationalities. Can't argue with that.

(Original post by kuhlaireee)
Not really sure if this is a question that makes sense, but it's one that I couldn't find an answer to.

A couple of friends of mine who are in uni atm have told me how in certain modules, the professors make final adjustments to final module grades such that only a certain percentage of people get firsts, only a certain percentage of people get 2:1, etc. This would mean that if out of 200 people, 80 people got higher than 70%, those who were on the lower spectrum (say 40 out of the 80) would be 'bumped down' to 2:1s in order to maintain the set percentages. One even said this 'bell-curve' would be applied to the graduating class such that only a select percentage would attain firsts and a certain amount 2:1... get my drift?

I'm just wondering if LSE practices this - because if they do I'd start freaking out now - and if you've ever had your marks "ajdusted" or heard of people who were on track for a first being awarded a 2:1 instead? Hope that makes sense!

Also, two more things: are the LSE halls terribly 'cliquey' ie is it easy to just meet and talk with anyone during meals?
and have you had any encounters with LSE mature students and do you know if they've managed to adjust well? Just curious, because I'm going to be one Thanks so much for taking the time to do this btw!
As far as I know this doesn't occur at LSE. It definitely doesn't on my program/any of the classes that I take but I couldn't guarantee that it doesn't anywhere else, but I've not heard of that being the case.


http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calen...ergraduate.htm

For a lot of modules on that link, they indicate the breakdown of results.

I'm at Rosebery, I tend to sit down with the same people most nights simply because they're my closest friends. That said, there's only 350 people in the hall and you tend to know most of them. If I go down to dinner and I'm on my own, I'll plonk myself down to someone and start chatting - it's nbd.

Also, I'm a couple of years older than the average undergrad. Never been a problem.

(Original post by SarcasticMel)
Favorite lecturer and what course?

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Simon Hix, GV101 (intro to political science)
As a first year undergrad it's pretty amazing to have a dept. head lecturing you, and this guy is also a pretty big heavyweight in European politics and comparative politics; he allocates 10 minutes at the end for questions about anything (recent events, his opinion on something you heard in another class, the lecture he just delivered) which is freakin' awesome.

Sir John Hills, SA100 (foundations of social policy)
I don't have this dude every week, only for specific lectures, but he is awesome. He is the director of 'the centre for analysis of social exclusion' and has led a few serious reviews for the government so to have him lecturing you as a first year undergrad is, again, quite a privilege. It's awesome when you're learning not from a textbook, but from current research from an academic who hasn't even published yet.

(Original post by fizzabangash)
I checked the ticket costs and its 3 pounds for a one-way underground ride from Lillian Penson to LSE. Thats the cost without the Oyster card discount though. Will it amount to a lot for the year? Besides, LSE doesn't really give any options after it has allocated the accommodation. Is there any other way to go about it?
A zone 1 travelcard is £86.10 monthly; so you'd probably save yourself about 35 quid a month if you were going to campus every single day. You probably won't go to campus every single day, but it's worth considering how much you think you'll travel within zone 1 for non-school reasons. I'd probably say it's worth it.

The bus route to get from LP to campus is too much of a ballache to consider; but it's only about 15 minutes on the bike or 40 minutes walking. I'd definitely recommend that tbh because it's a really nice route.
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I have an offer for Lilian Knowles 50 weeks. Which is the best way to travel from Lilian Knowles to LSE. . as it takes around 40 mins by walk and 15 mins by tube or 20 mins by bus I guess, as per the Google maps !! I don't really want to spend much on travelling !! But at the same time 40 mins walk up and down would be sick !??

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My favourite lecturer is Ioannis Kouletsis from MA100. Pretty much because he is ridiculously smart and a very good teacher. For me he's the best teacher/lecturer at LSE. I'm lucky because he's my class teacher and lecturer.
Indeed, when I was there he wasn't even teaching it but teaching classes. I didn't have him but heard he was great.
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I have an offer for Lilian Knowles 50 weeks. Which is the best way to travel from Lilian Knowles to LSE. . as it takes around 40 mins by walk and 15 mins by tube or 20 mins by bus I guess, as per the Google maps !! I don't really want to spend much on travelling !! But at the same time 40 mins walk up and down would be sick !??

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Monthly student bus pass is £56, PAYG bus is £1.50 so if you think you'll get on the bus (for any reason) more than 38 times in a month then it's definitely worth it. The bus passes are valid on any journey/any zone too.
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Indeed, when I was there he wasn't even teaching it but teaching classes. I didn't have him but heard he was great.
Nice, who was the lecturer at the time?
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Hello Aj_16

My son is looking at accommodation
Which is better?
Need en suite if possible and 38 weeks contract
Bankside High Holborn or rosebery
Hello AQUF42,

In terms of your two requirements:
Roseberry would be your cheapest option if you could get a 38 week contract. Also Rosebery is about a 25 min walk from LSE.
High Holborn is closest to LSE but it is the most expensive and it tends to be quite international so this depends on whether your son is British or international.
Bankside is very sociable and is where I stay now. It is cheaper than High Holborn but more expensive than Rosebery. I would personally choose Bankside because it hasn't let me down yet and its nicer than Rosebery where I have stayed before.
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Nice, who was the lecturer at the time?
Michelle Harvey and Jan van den Heuvel.
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How difficult would it be for one to acquire a place to study law at LSE?
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How difficult would it be for one to acquire a place to study law at LSE?
This isn't aimed at you in particular because I posted it yesterday in another thread -
Bad mood today so this may come off as a bit of a rant

Why do people persist in coming on here and asking if they could get into LSE? Haven't any of these people done any research on what it takes to get into LSE? Haven't they scoured the LSE website for every scrap of information about the course they intend to apply for? Haven't they been to an LSE Open Day or a Student Shadowing session?
There is nobody on here who can categorically say if any applicant will or will not get into LSE or any other Uni. Nobody knows the standard of the other people who will also be applying or how many places will be available. Nobody knows how good or bad everyone's PS will be. Nobody knows if each PS will show the requisite passion that LSE look for or be able to define what that passion actually is and how you write it down in words.

I did my research and sent off my UCAS application before I joined here. I chatted to many people in the LSE Entry thread who had excellent grades, superb extra curricular activities and work related experience and they had been told that they had good to excellent Personal Statements yet they rejected. If there was some magic piece of wisdom that could be passed along to every applicant to ensure they got accepted, then nobody would be rejected.

Get the best grades you possibly can ( but it still might not be enough)
Get as much extra curricular/work experience as you can ( but it still might not be enough)
Write a unique, individual and passionate PS (but it still might not be enough)

Send off your UCAS form - and roll the dice. You either get in or you don't.

For the record this is what this page says -http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=1995-London-School-of-Economics-guide
The clue’s in the name really: the London School of Economics and Political Science is the place to be for financial and social sciences courses. Notoriously difficult to get into, the university doesn’t rely on the UCAS points system but judges applicants on their grades. You’ll know you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the cream of the crop if you’re accepted here - after all, more than 35 different world leaders and 18 Nobel laureates are alumni of LSE.
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