The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is a world leading social science institution. We offer 40 undergraduate programmes, over 140 taught and research postgraduate programmes, summer schools and our year-long undergraduate study abroad programme, The General Course.
We have an excellent global reputation in teaching and research in a variety of subjects including law, politics and sociology – not just economics! LSE has the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the UK, reflecting the key role that our academics play in shaping the world and upholding our School motto “to know the causes of things”. You can hear from some of our academics, as well as a number of prestigious guest speakers, at our public events.
London is an exciting place to be a student, with the city offering great social, academic and career development opportunities. Our central location means that students are ideally placed to make the most of all that London has to offer, in addition to LSE’s own on campus leisure, study and entertainment facilities. The LSESU play an important role in shaping the student experience, running over 200 societies, 40 sports clubs and numerous campaign networks to ensure that all students feel part of LSE. Visit our London Life webpages to find out more.
Our student body is diverse, with over 140 countries represented. This diversity encourages students to engage with the social sciences from a truly global perspective.
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The LSE Library is the largest library in the world dedicated to the social sciences, offering students excellent resources and study spaces. LSE LIFE is located here, providing students with academic, personal and professional support during their studies.
Study spaces are available across the campus, designed to support a variety of study styles, from collaborative group discussions to silent study.
Sports clubs and facilities
Being in central London doesn’t mean you have to miss out on sports. There are over 40 sports clubs at LSE, all of which form part of the Athletics Union. The AU caters for all sporting abilities, from beginners to top-level athletes. The Students’ Union run a Sports Performance Programme for individuals or teams competing at a high level.
On campus facilities include a gym, fitness studio and badminton courts. Netball and tennis courts are also available for use in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. A Sports Centre will be a feature of our latest building project, The Marshall Building, due for completion in 2021.
LSE’s Sportsground, Berrylands, is a 30 minute train ride away from Waterloo. Facilities include rugby and football pitches, netball and tennis courts and cricket squares and nets.
A wide range of food and drink options are available on campus, from vegan cafés to pubs and bars, catering for all tastes.
The SU’s bar and club play host to a variety of events including live music, dance performances, film showings and club nights. As LSE is part of the University of London, students can also enjoy the additional facilities at Student Central. Of course, being in London means there’s no shortage of things to do, no matter your interests!
Our Careers Service are there to support students at all stages of their time at LSE, whether it’s helping to find part time work, volunteer positions, internships, entrepreneurship opportunities or graduate roles. This support continues for up to five years after graduation.
With over 93% of our graduates in work or further study six months after graduation, LSE is a great place to start planning your future and achieve your career goals.
LSE offers generous financial support for undergraduate and graduate students every year. Funds are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need. Financial support schemes include:
- LSE Bursary - up to £4,000 per year (UK students)
- Uggla family scholarships - £20,060 (UK students) per year; £27,526 (overseas students) per year
- Undergraduate Support Scheme - up to £15,000 per year (overseas students)
- LSE Access to Education scholarships
- Graduate Support Scheme
- Anniversary scholarships
- LSE Master's Awards
- LSE PhD Studentships - full fees plus annual stipend
- ESRC Studentships - full fees plus annual stipend
- AHRC Studentships - full fees plus annual stipend
All new undergraduates who select LSE as their firm choice are guaranteed accommodation in their first year. Accommodation for graduates is not guaranteed but is available.
Students can select their residence based on their individual preferences, including catering provision, room type, contract length, facilities and cost. Some residences will include their own bars, common rooms, cinema rooms and fitness facilities. All first year residences are within walking distance of campus or easily accessible by public transport.
Living in halls is a great way to meet new people, socialise and adjust to university life. Each residence will run its own programme of events throughout the year, from boat parties to meditation workshops. Residences compete for the coveted Halls Cup, awarded to the most active hall community.
Visit our accommodation webpages to find out about the variety of accommodation available, costs and view our 360° tours.
There are lots of opportunities to visit LSE, including Open Days, campus tours, drop-in sessions and subject specific taster events. Find out more at our Visit LSE webpage.
We also offer a number of ways for prospective students to experience LSE from home. You can attend admissions and career related webinars, listen to podcasts from previous Undergraduate Open Days and watch our student profile videos. Our student blogs and video diaries give you an insight into what it’s really like to be an LSE student.
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