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Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London

LSE- elitism, lack of social life, competition?

ive got an offer at LSE but im really worried about the lack of social life and so called elitism present at the university. I have a strong work ethic but i feel like i just wont fit in with the students present there and that i wont make friends.
Im not going to gooing to lie but you need to know certain things and have certain things to fit in with the elite. same hobbies, same holidays, same dialect. Not something you can learn just being honest, because you cant keep up a facade forever especialy if you financially cant afford to eat in covent garden, soho, mayfair every other day.
that being said there are people from all walks of life at LSE you will find your people, maybe not the elite, or international elite.
just being honest.
Carr Saunders Halls, LSE
London School of Economics
London
Original post by Anonymous
ive got an offer at LSE but im really worried about the lack of social life and so called elitism present at the university. I have a strong work ethic but i feel like i just wont fit in with the students present there and that i wont make friends.
and about the social life: those who can afford to have a social life now people, so don't face the corporate world at the same levels of competition as normal people do. Its just the way it is :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
and about the social life: those who can afford to have a social life now people, so don't face the corporate world at the same levels of competition as normal people do. Its just the way it is :smile:

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Original post by Anonymous
ive got an offer at LSE but im really worried about the lack of social life and so called elitism present at the university. I have a strong work ethic but i feel like i just wont fit in with the students present there and that i wont make friends.

i am in first year doing pbs at LSE. the social life isn't always great but it can be good if you find the right people. sixty something % are internationals from China/India/Singapore/Dubai. they tend to stay in their own groups. of the uk students like a third are posh/old money and r also going to stay amongst their own. LSE is kina cliquey so u need to find ur people as quickly as possible as it's hard to move groups after the first month or so. therefore if u know you're not going to be longterm friends with someone, don't waste ur time. every year, the posh ppl and Asian internationals gravitate towards each other after a few weeks so invest ur time in people who are realistically gonna be friends with u instead. of the two thirds of uk students who aren't the old money type, people often tend to get into groups based on aesthetic or race or area like up north or down south. e.g. the brown girls from London form a group etc. try and find ur group quickly and you'll be okay. It can be rly annoying if you don't fit into any particular category but just make an effort to talk to a range of people on your course before and after lectures and at any events ur department hosts during freshers and you should be ok. there are also societies where you can make friends although in they don't always run very often. therefore try and go to some events at the beginning of the year when they will be running and if you click with people there, make an active effort to stay in touch. reach out to them and ask if they want to study with you, go to get coffee etc. don't passively wait until another society event to get the chance to talk to them as they are often held a month apart, by which point it will be awkward to have to start all over again. theres a society specifically for those from a more socially mobile background called the 93% club so you can check that out. there are also societies for most ethnic groups like a desi society, afro caribbean society etc
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Original post by Anonymous
i am in first year doing pbs at LSE. the social life isn't always great but it can be good if you find the right people. sixty something % are internationals from China/India/Singapore/Dubai. they tend to stay in their own groups. of the uk students like a third are posh/old money and r also going to stay amongst their own. LSE is kina cliquey so u need to find ur people as quickly as possible as it's hard to move groups after the first month or so. therefore if u know you're not going to be longterm friends with someone, don't waste ur time. every year, the posh ppl and Asian internationals gravitate towards each other after a few weeks so invest ur time in people who are realistically gonna be friends with u instead. of the two thirds of uk students who aren't the old money type, people often tend to get into groups based on aesthetic or race or area like up north or down south. e.g. the brown girls from London form a group etc. try and find ur group quickly and you'll be okay. It can be rly annoying if you don't fit into any particular category but just make an effort to talk to a range of people on your course before and after lectures and at any events ur department hosts during freshers and you should be ok. there are also societies where you can make friends although in they don't always run very often. therefore try and go to some events at the beginning of the year when they will be running and if you click with people there, make an active effort to stay in touch. reach out to them and ask if they want to study with you, go to get coffee etc. don't passively wait until another society event to get the chance to talk to them as they are often held a month apart, by which point it will be awkward to have to start all over again. theres a society specifically for those from a more socially mobile background called the 93% club so you can check that out. there are also societies for most ethnic groups like a desi society, afro caribbean society etc

thank you for this, youve basically given me everything i wanted to know. i see okayy. i guess it just means you have to put double the effort in to meet people haha which i feel like i might struggle with. im a brown girl myself ( born and raised here though) so i hope i can meet more people like myself through societies. did you find it easy to integrate when you first startedd? ( im assuming you're a home student too).

im from a state school middle class background so the old money lot will be interesting to say the least! i just wanna go to a uni that maintains a healthy social-academic balance and yeah the cliqueness is what kinda puts me off.
Original post by Anonymous
thank you for this, youve basically given me everything i wanted to know. i see okayy. i guess it just means you have to put double the effort in to meet people haha which i feel like i might struggle with. im a brown girl myself ( born and raised here though) so i hope i can meet more people like myself through societies. did you find it easy to integrate when you first startedd? ( im assuming you're a home student too).
im from a state school middle class background so the old money lot will be interesting to say the least! i just wanna go to a uni that maintains a healthy social-academic balance and yeah the cliqueness is what kinda puts me off.

no problem! ive found it a bit difficult to integrate but thats because i didnt put as much effort in as i should have at the beginning. youll hear on tiktok that freshers isnt important and the friends you make in first term are not going to be your friends throughout the year but its honestly different at lse because being in a busy city like london where everyones living all over the place so you try and find ur group quickly. i think youll be fine though esp as there is a big community of brown uk students at lse. if youre staying in accom that will make it a bit easier too. also, most of the student clubs (saucys,ministry of sound) do desi nights which lots of ppl from lse go to so if you find a social group youll have fun.
What other offers do you have?

I’m a first year and I was so naive coming to LSE, I thought that elitism was a made up stereotype to bash rich people… Boy was I wrong. I cried a-lot in first term, in second term I learnt to get on with it and focus on the bright-side of the long term opportunities that LSE will give to me and forgot about social sides of things. If you want to go into finance or law it’s a great way to feel the pain now and not be shocked when you enter the working environment. You will be much more prepared and resilient. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
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Original post by Rebelism19
What other offers do you have?
I’m a first year and I was so naive coming to LSE, I thought that elitism was a made up stereotype to bash rich people… Boy was I wrong. I cried a-lot in first term, in second term I learnt to get on with it and focus on the bright-side of the long term opportunities that LSE will give to me and forgot about social sides of things. If you want to go into finance or law it’s a great way to feel the pain now and not be shocked when you enter the working environment. You will be much more prepared and resilient. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

i've firmed LSE now but damn your experience seems like something i will go through . didn't realize it was that bad. im a state schooler and am worried i wont fit in. any way i can find out more from you about your experience and why you struggled initially and maybe any tips? what course do you do?
Original post by Rebelism19
What other offers do you have?
I’m a first year and I was so naive coming to LSE, I thought that elitism was a made up stereotype to bash rich people… Boy was I wrong. I cried a-lot in first term, in second term I learnt to get on with it and focus on the bright-side of the long term opportunities that LSE will give to me and forgot about social sides of things. If you want to go into finance or law it’s a great way to feel the pain now and not be shocked when you enter the working environment. You will be much more prepared and resilient. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Sorry to hear this 😞. Are you economics ?
Original post by Anonymous
ive got an offer at LSE but im really worried about the lack of social life and so called elitism present at the university. I have a strong work ethic but i feel like i just wont fit in with the students present there and that i wont make friends.

hey i firmed lse too, what course did u apply for?
Original post by Anonymous
hey i firmed lse too, what course did u apply for?
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