London School of Economics and Political Science

Request FREE information about this University & its courses

What will you receive if you complete this form
  • When we receive a completed form from you, we will email you to make sure we have fully understood what you want to know, if anything is unclear.
  • We will also confirm that the request for information has come from a parent/guardian, not a child (under 16). If this is unclear from the information provided, we will separately email the respondent and ask for a return email copying in a parent/guardian, or ask for added confirmation of the age of the respondent. If necessary, we will then verify the identity of the parent/guardian with a separate email requesting confirmation of this relationship before any further information is sought from the respondent and before any data is shared with any 3rd party (requested school/university). Also, all ongoing communications will be copied to the parent.
  • We will then email the right person within the faculty office of the chosen University or Boarding school admissions department, you want to make contact with, and copy you on the email, so you can see your request has been actioned.
  • The chosen University or Boarding school will then seek your permission (EU regulations, relating to EU data subjects) to send you the information you have requested and will make you aware of their own data protection policies.
  • If you have given permission for the Boarding School or University to contact you (EU regulations, relating to EU data subjects) we will ensure you get a reply from the University or School of interest.
  • We will then follow up with you to make sure your questions have been answered and you feel able to move forwards with your planning. 
  • We are happy to provide any further assistance we can offer at any stage of your application process to any UK educational institution featured on the site.
  • Please find a link below to our own privacy and data protection policy.
Request FREE information about this University & its courses
  • International Fees From

    £22,430 UG

  • World Ranking

    27th in Times HE
    151-200th in Shanghai

  • Students

    5,330 UG
    5,030 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation


Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom

LSE is situated in Westminster, central London, and is a constituent college of the University of London. London is the capital city of Great Britain, and has a population of 8.3 million (or over 13 million in the wider metropolitan region). The major international airports London Heathrow and London Gatwick are an hour’s tube ride (Heathrow) or an hour’s rail journey (Gatwick) away. London is well served by the underground and bus system and its major rail and coach stations offer connections to the rest of the UK as well as to France and Brussels via the Eurostar train from London St Pancras station.

The average lowest temperature in London is 3 degrees in January. The average highest temperature is 22.5 degrees in July.

  • History

    London School of Economics was founded in 1895 by members of the socialist Fabian society, (including the playwright George Bernard Shaw) to procur the betterment of society through the study of economics especially of poverty. In 1900 LSE became the Faculty of Economics for London University and issued its first degrees in 1901. Over the decades its relationships and influence in business, politics and law has had a wide impact within British society. Whilst its reputation was originally for law, mathematics, economics, history and philosophy, the School has become known in more recent years for its teaching of business and the social sciences.


    LSE is a campus university – the main campus being the site at Westminster, off Aldwych and next to the Royal Courts of Justice and Temple Bar. All the halls of residence are well situated near to many of London’s attractions and facilities eg: Butlers Wharf hall is next to Tower Bridge, Rosebery Hall in Islington is near to the famous Sadlers Wells theatre, whilst Bankside hall on the south bank of the Thames is very near the Tate Modern art gallery. Travelling to and from campus is easy since London is well served by buses and tube running until the early hours of the morning.


    LSE is ranked 27th in the Times Higher Education rankings. It is ranked between 151-200th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong Rankings. LSE is a member of the Russell Group of universities.

    LSE is ranked 53rd in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    Latest figures show that there are currently over 5,900 international students studying at LSE, coming from 142 countries, and representing 55% of all students.


    Latest figures indicate a total student population of just over 10,000, of which over 5,300 were undergraduates, and 5,030 were postgraduates.


    92.4% of LSE graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    On its main Aldwych campus the LSE has a library, 2 pubs, a nursery school and the main teaching buildings. Around the corner on Sheffield Street, the new Saw Swee Hook Centre is home to a bar, café, media centre, dance studio, performance venue and gym. LSE also owns the Peacock Theatre in London’s west end. The Student Union supports 200 societies and 40 sports clubs as well as running tv and radio stations and the country’s oldest student newspaper.

    Its central location means that access is easy to all of London’s famous landmarks, museums, theatres, galleries, shopping, restaurants, clubs, bars and nightlife.


    LSE owns 12 halls of residence and has shares in eight further intercollegiate halls managed in partnership with constituent colleges of the University of London . This means that up to 4000 places are available for LSE students in 17 locations across the capital. These range from a 5 minute walk from the main Aldwych site (the Covent Garden hall), to a 30 minute journey by tube or bus (the Nutford and Butlers Wharf halls). All first years and most postgraduates are guaranteed accommodation in either catered or self catered halls. Contracts are for 31, 40 or 50 weeks depending on need. Some halls are specifically for undergraduates (and these are primarily the catered halls), whilst others are purely for postgraduates, and some are mixed.

    Accommodation costs are very varied depending on the site.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £239.41 per week.

    An example price for catered accommodation is £235.13 at Connaught Hall.


    International students

    International undergraduate tuition fees:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses are all priced at £22,430.

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Anthropology and Development Studies
    • Area Studies
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Social Work and Social Policy
    • Sociology

    Online Courses

    Through the University of London, LSE offer Undergraduate Programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences. A variety of BSc courses are available, including Economics, International Relations, Accounting and Finance, and Business and Management. They also offer a range of online certificate courses, and online Masterclasses.

  • Sign up to get the best from the guide

    Get our monthly email newsletter

    Sign Up
    FutureLearn Limited