Student accommodation near London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

London School of Economics and Political Science, or LSE as it’s commonly known, is considered one of the best universities in the UK and internati…

London School of Economics and Political Science, or LSE as it’s commonly known, is considered one of the best universities in the UK and internationally. With an impressive reputation, LSE is the only university in the UK focused on the study of social sciences and is consistently ranked in the top 5 universities according to the Complete University Guide. Home to approximately 15,000 students, LSE is popular not only because of its credentials but also because it’s located in London, one of the most exciting cities globally, and provides students with countless options for student accommodation near LSE.

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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Student accommodation near LSE

All LSE first-year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place for their first year of study, with most students choosing to live in private student accommodation in London from their second year.

One of the major benefits of studying in a capital city is the abundance of student accommodation on offer. When it comes to LSE private accommodation, students can live near campus in the heart of London, which comes with a higher price tag but saves on travel costs as you have everything you need right on your doorstep or further afield. Check out Helen Graham House or Northumberland House to get a feel for the types of student accommodation near LSE.

Other great options for students who prefer not to live right in the buzz of the city include moving into the outer London zones. These areas are not only more affordable but come with more of a community atmosphere. Areas like Hoxton, Shoreditch, and Hackney are popular, eclectic suburbs in east London and have accommodation providers like The Hive and iQ Shoreditch that provide convenient and comfortable facilities while still being close to the city centre for lectures and social activities.

Students also choose to go south of the River Thames to areas like Waterloo, Battersea, and Clapham; check out Spring Mews, for example. While your commute is longer, the cost of living is much more affordable, and the community atmosphere of south London is electric.

About LSE

LSE is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the UK and is known for its esteemed reputation as one of the best institutions to study social sciences globally. Famous alumni include Sir David Attenborough (conservationist), Mick Jagger (musician), and Janet Napolitano (US politician).

LSE Ranking

According to the Complete University Guide, LSE is ranked 3rd out of 130 higher educational establishments and ranks 2nd in both graduate prospects – outcomes and research quality.

Location

LSE is located in London’s west end, in the heart of the buzzing city. LSE has several guided and self-led campus tours available for students wishing to explore their facilities. In addition, being in the city centre, many great LSE dorms are available for students wanting to live close to campus.

Employability

LSE is ranked highly for employability, coming in 2nd for graduate prospects – outcomes and 10th for graduate prospects – on track. LSE also provides students with a number of career support options, including one-to-one mentoring, seminars and events, alumni support, and volunteering opportunities.

Student Fees

For information on LSE fees, visit the fees and funding page on the LSE website.

Bursaries and Scholarship Opportunities

LSE provides several bursaries and scholarship opportunities for students, including low-income support, private business scholarships, and discretionary bursaries available for students with exceptional financial needs, whether for student fees or to support LSE accommodation costs. Visit the LSE website for more information.

Student life at LSE

Studying in one of the most exciting cities in the world certainly comes with its benefits, so it’s no wonder both local and international students choose to attend LSE. Along with great academic support, LSE has an active student union that provides great social support to LSE students, creating a lively and inclusive community. In addition, LSE has over 300 clubs and societies to match all student interests, such as anthropology, literature, poetry, and climate justice, to name a few. Check out the full list of clubs and societies on the LSESU website.

LSE has its own student bar, The Three Tuns, which is a popular place for students to meet up on campus and take a break from the stresses of studying. It also has an active events calendar, including karaoke and quiz nights. Students are not restricted to just the student union bars, however, as being in the big city means you have endless options for restaurants and nightlife. Depending on how you like to spend your free time, there are many great things to do in the heart of the city and the outer zones closer to some LSE accommodation.

If you prefer a more cultured afternoon rather than a bar, some great options not far from LSE can help you unwind. Why not check out some of the more famous museums and galleries in London, such as the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, or the Tate Modern, or visit the lesser-known spaces such as Sir John Soane’s Museum (which is just around the corner from LSE), the Photographers’ Gallery or the Cartoon Museum. All of which are not far from campus or your LSE accommodation.

For less conventional weekend activities, check out our guide to 35 unusual places to visit for free in London.

LSE accommodation FAQs

Where do students who go to LSE live?

First-year students are eligible for LSE halls. However, second-year students generally choose to live in private student accommodation near LSE. Popular areas include right near campus in the west end in accommodation like Helen Graham House, or further afield in more affordable areas in accommodation like Spring Mews.

How much does it cost to live at LSE?

Your cost of living will differ depending on which accommodation provider you choose. For example, LSE accommodation close to campus will come at a higher price point than in the city, but accommodation in zones 2 or 3 will come at a lower price point. LSE accommodation can range from £150 per week to £450 per week.

Which is the best student accommodation near LSE?

Depending on your needs and budget, there are several great options for LSE dorms either within walking distance or a short tube ride to campus. Our favourites include The Stay Club Kentish Town and Scape Shoreditch.

Which off-campus student accommodation is closest to the London School of Economics and Political Science?

The closest LSE accommodation to campus is Northumberland House or Helen Graham House. However, there are several great options close by. Check out Mystudenthalls.com for more providers.

When should I book my accommodation for the September intake of LSE?

As soon as you’ve been accepted to LSE, you should book your accommodation. Providers take bookings all year round, but the popular places will fill up quickly.

Can I view the room options near the London School of Economics and Political Science before I book?

Of course. Each student accommodation provider will offer different types of accommodation tours, generally offering both online and in-person viewings. Check with the individual provider for details.

Can postgraduate students rent accommodation near LSE?

Absolutely. There are several great student accommodation providers near LSE that provide housing to all students. Check out Mystudenthalls.com for providers.

How do I pay for my LSE student accommodation?

Each accommodation provider will have its payment method, so consult your chosen provider's website for details. For advice on how students pay for their student accommodation, read our handy guide. If you’re struggling with cash flow, look to the LSE website for information regarding bursaries and student support schemes.