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Student life

Your student experience. 

 

Our students not only benefit from being part of the LSE community, but can also take advantage of all of the benefits that come with living in London. 

Watch the videos below to find out more about the LSE Students' Union and being part of student societies. 

David Gordon LSE Students’ Union General Secretary 2020-21 explains what the LSE Students' Union (LSESU) has to offer. David Gordon LSE Students’ Union General Secretary 2020-21 explains what the LSE Students' Union (LSESU) has to offer.
Student vlogger Emma is joined by five LSESU Society Presidents, to give you an insight into student societies and student life at LSE. Student vlogger Emma is joined by five LSESU Society Presidents, to give you an insight into student societies and student life at LSE.
Student vlogger Emma is joined by five LSESU Society Presidents, to give you an insight into student societies and student life at LSE.

Why LSE?

We asked our students to share their LSE experiences with us. Take a look at their responses.

Our staff and students share why they're proud to be #partofLSE

Student life and activities on campus

Our campus is both a place for students to focus on their academic studies and a place which enables them to engage with interests and activities outside of their degree.

  • Watch the LSESU's IGTV video with LSESU General Secretary 2021-22, Josie Stephens, to hear about the LSE's Students' Union and student life.
  • We have 200+ societies run by the LSE Students' Union, covering a wide range of academic, career, charity, faith, media, creative, national, cultural and activity based interests. Watch the Virtual Undergraduate Open Day Q&A session with LSE Students' Union to find out more.

  • Whether you're a beginner or a top-level athlete competing at national level, the LSESU have you covered! There are over 40 Athletics Union sports teams, an on campus gym and fitness studio, fitness classes and a dedicated Sports Performance Programme. The Marshall Building, due for completion by Lent term 2022, will include a Sports Centre with multipurpose sports hall, squash courts and dynamic weights room.  

  • The LSESU media channels include a radio station (PuLSE Radio), student newspaper and journal.

  • Although we are a specialist social science institution, there is a lively and vibrant cultural side to life at LSE! LSE Arts and Music run art and photography exhibitions, hold weekly lunchtime music concerts and performance nights. We also have a choir and orchestra and a dedicated music practice room located in the historic Shaw Library. Our new Marshall Building, due for completion for Lent term 2022, will also be home to arts rehearsal facilities and music practice rooms. 

  • There are lots of ways to get involved in volunteering and campaigning at LSE. LSESU RAG (LSE Students' Union Raising and Giving) and the LSE Volunteering Centre can help you explore your options and find placements. 
  • Our public events enable our students and members of the public to hear from some of the world’s leading academics, presidents, prime minsters, international business leaders and policy makers. These events are free to attend and open to all. These lectures are currently taking place online, so they're easier than ever for you to attend!
  • Several departments offer undergraduate students the chance to get involved with research projects and internships, within academic departments, or with external organisations and businesses. 
  • LSE Careers run events throughout the year both on and off campus. Events include career and internship fairs, sector specific events, employer and alumni insight sessions, professional development workshops as well as one-to-one appointments with a careers consultant. Read the LSE Careers guidance for applicants here
  • The School's centre for personal, professional and academic development, LSE LIFE, run workshops, talks and events designed to help students develop skills that will benefit them during their time at LSE and beyond. Their LIFE in London series of social events are designed to help students make the most of their time in the city, meet new people and have fun!
  • Living in a hall of residence is a great way to meet new people and quickly become part of a student community. Each residence will have their own programme of social activities throughout the year, from brunches to bar crawls. 
  • Departments will also run their own activities and events for their students, including pizza parties, film screenings, formal balls and boat cruises.

Watch our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day student panels to find out more about our student life at LSE.

Find out more on our campus life pages.

London life

There are countless benefits to being a student in London, whether academic, professional or social. Whatever your interests, you will find plenty to do in the city! 

Every area of London has its own identity and something different to offer. Use the resources below to find out more about being a student in London.

Your finances

What I spend in a week as an LSE student (lockdown edition) What I spend in a week as an LSE student (lockdown edition)
What I spend in a week as an LSE student (lockdown edition)

We know that students can have concerns about the cost of studying in London. 

We would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our fees and funding pages to find out more about the financial support offered by LSE, government loans and tuition fees.

The number of awards, their value and the eligibility criteria vary from year to year. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need in the first instance. Scholarships being offered for 2021 entry include:

  • Uggla Family Scholarships: 7 scholarships for new UK undergraduate students (£20,060 per year) and 3 scholarships for new overseas undergraduate students (£27,526 per year). Awards will be renewed for each subsequent year of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • LSE Stelios Scholarships: Award value of £10,000 per year for students from the UK, Greece and Cyprus on business related degrees.
  • Undergraduate Support Scheme: Awards are usually between £6,000 and £15,000, renewable for each year of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

We typically recommend that students budget for £1100 - £1300 a month for living expenses, including accommodation, food, travel and other personal expenses. This amount that you spend will vary depending on your lifestyle, personal preferences and requirements, so it's important you do your own research. There are lots of budgeting tools that can help you plan your budget. 

Part-time work may also be an option for some students, and there are often on-campus opportunities available including event stewarding, administration and our Student Ambassador Scheme. Read our student blog posts to find out more about part-time work opportunities. 

Our ‘London on a budget’ guide offers information about budgeting and includes tips and advice from LSE students. If you plan carefully, it is possible to live economically whilst making the most of what the city has to offer.

Virtual Undergraduate Open Day videos

Watch the videos below to find out more about student life at LSE and the Students' Union:

An introduction to the LSESU: 

Watch the Student Life: an introduction to the LSE Students' Union session from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 Watch the Student Life: an introduction to the LSE Students' Union session from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021
Student Life: an introduction to the LSE Students' Union

UK student panels

Watch the UK student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 1 Watch the UK student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 1
Session 1: Watch our UK student panel to hear more about life at LSE from a UK student's perspective

 

Watch the UK student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 2 Watch the UK student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 2
Session 2: Watch our UK student panel to hear more about life at LSE from a UK student's perspective

International student panels:

Watch the international student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 1 Watch the international student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 1
Session 1: Hear more about student life at LSE from an international student's perspective

 

Watch the international student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 2 Watch the international student panel from our Virtual Undergraduate Open Day in June 2021 - Session 2
Session 2: Hear more about student life at LSE from an international student's perspective