The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence.
LSE is a global community of people and ideas in the heart of central London. We're a specialist social sciences university, ranking first in Europe and second in the world in the QS subject rankings 2021.
LSE's motto "rerum cognoscere causas" means "to know the causes of things". It was chosen to support the School's founding purpose, "for the betterment of society".
Our ambition today is to be the leading social science university with the greatest global impact. Led by our Director, LSE alumna Minouche Shafik, our strategy LSE 2030 lays out the guiding principles that will help us achieve our goals and shape the world’s future.
LSE students are members of one of the largest economic and social science libraries in the world. Initiatives such as LSE LIFE, the PhD Academy, Student Futures, Careers, Volunteering and Generate provide academic, personal and professionalsupport for studentstoo. The student-led Houghton Street Press is one of many ways LSE students engage with the world.
LSE is based on one campus in the centre of London. Despite the busy feel of the surrounding area, many of the streets around campus are pedestrianised, meaning the campus feels like a real community.
LSE has one campus in central London near to the River Thames, Covent Garden and Theatreland, the Royal Courts of Justice and many other London sights. All of our buildings are located within the same few streets meaning that the campus has a real community feel. There's also plenty of support services to help make sure you get the most out of your LSE experience.
Your time at LSE is not just about studying, there are plenty of ways to get involved in extracurricular activities. From joining one of over 200 societies, or starting your own society, to volunteering for a local charity, or attending a public lecture by a world-leading figure, there is a lot to choose from.
Join the great student community in LSE halls. Each year, we allocate accommodation to over 4000 students in our own halls, in University of London intercollegiate residences and in private halls. We can also help you find a privately rented place in London, and we offer short-term rooms in halls over the summer. Here is all you need to know about accommodation at LSE.
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