LSE University Guide

The London School of Economics and Political Sciences, frequently abbreviated to LSE, was established in 1895 and has gone on to become one of London’s leading Universities. LSE attracts students and staff from all over the United Kingdom and across the world with its outstanding reputation for teaching and research, particularly in the social sciences. 

In the latest CBRE Residential University Guide we’ve taken an in-depth look at the London School of Economics to provide you with all kinds of vital information about studying at the University and student living in London. In our guide you’ll find everything from a history of the University to transport links and details about student rentals near LSE to ensure that you have everything you need to know before you apply for your place in the coming academic year.

Studying at LSE

Situated in the very heart of London, LSE is in a prime location within central London. With notable tourist attractions, educational facilities and vibrant areas to explore, those living in student rentals near LSE have the opportunity to reside in a thriving part of the city as well as studying in one of the most popular Universities in the world.

According to the latest QS World University Rankings for the 2016/17 academic year, LSE is ranked as the joint 37th best University in the world. This equates to being the 8th best University in the United Kingdom. In its primary field of Social Sciences, LSE is ranked as the second best University in the world behind the infamous Harvard University in the United States.

Now more than 125-years old, LSE is recognised around the world for offering a fantastic student experience both inside and outside the lecture theatre. Courses available to study at LSE include Business and Economics subjects including accounting and business management, Physical Sciences including geology and mathematics, Arts and Humanities classes including History and Philosophy, and Social Sciences courses that include geography, law and psychology.

With more than 200 different student societies to join up to including almost 50 sports clubs, students at LSE have the opportunity to get involved in all kinds of different events and activities on campus. The Students’ Union is a hive of activity all year round with more than 200 public events taking place each year including more than 30 annual literary festivals and around 20 music concerts every year.

Should you wish to venture away from the campus or your student rentals near LSE in search of additional resources to use for your studies, LSE’s central London location means that it is within close proximity to world class facilities including the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

Since it was formed LSE has been home to 16 people who have gone on to win Nobel Prizes in various fields including George Bernard Shaw who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, and W. Arthur Lewis who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979.

Student Rentals near LSE

First-year Undergraduates are offered a guaranteed place within the LSE halls of residence, but should you wish to organise your own student accommodation near LSE then CBRE Residential are able to help.

We’ve got a number of stunning student rentals in London with many just a short commute to the main LSE campus. All of our student lettings are designed and finished to the highest specifications with modern interior designs that make these flats, houses and apartments stand out from the crowd in every possible way.

One of our closest student lets near LSE is a 3-bedroom property on the Strand and is one of our new developments. This property has concierge service, lift access, gym, sauna and steam room and – if that’s not enough – you’re just a 10-minute walk from the University. We also have a number of one and two bedroom student properties in Covent Garden with beautiful wooden floors, high ceilings and fully refurbished interiors that are in a prime London location and ready to move into immediately.

For anybody wishing to live a bit further away from the University – perhaps because you have a particular affection for a specific area of London or because you would enjoy the kind of lifestyle available in these areas – we also have student rentals in Soho, Holborn and the City of London.

Our portfolio of student properties in London also includes penthouse apartments, one bedroom flats with balconies and studio flats in prime locations with easy access to the Universities, a wealth of exclusive London bars and restaurants, public transport and other key amenities.

Whatever you’re looking for in your student accommodation in London, wherever it may be, the CBRE Residential team can help you to find the perfect property. Whether you’re looking for a student property to buy or rent, our team can work with your budget and requirements to identify a number of great student properties and we can then organise everything from personal or Skype viewings to offers, contracts and moving dates. 

Transport Links

Thanks to its central location LSE is well connected with the various forms of public transport in and around London. Payments for the Underground and buses can be made using contactless payments or Oyster Cards and travel information can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website, here.

Holborn station is on the Piccadilly and Central lines is approximately five minutes away from the main campus and is situated on the corner of Kingsway and High Holborn. Temple is equally close and is on the District and Circle lines, located on the Embankment on Arundel Street. Alternatively the Charing Cross Underground station is around ten minutes away. This station is a stop on the Northern and Bakerloo lines and is situated at the Trafalgar Square end of the Strand.

For national rail services LSE is well served with relatively easy access to Waterloo, Charing Cross and Blackfriars; while London St. Pancras International is a short tube journey away and will connect London to Paris and Brussels which is ideal for any students looking to get away for a few days or for international students to head back home for a short break.

For students taking the bus to the main campus from their chosen student accommodation, buses stop frequently on Aldwych and have just a short walk to the University. 

Student Life at LSE 

London was recently voted as the third best student city in the world and given its size and sheer variety of things to see and do it’s easy to understand why. London is a thriving, metropolitan city that never sleeps and it offers something for every kind of personality.

As the name suggests, the Northbank is on the Northern side of the River Thames, but popular entertainment venues on the South side are easily accessible by crossing one of London’s many beautiful bridges. For those living in student accommodation in the Northbank you’ll find plenty to see and do ranging from theatres to exclusive clubs and bars.

From those looking for a relatively quiet life close to the University where they can study and experience student life in London to those looking to get out and about whenever possible, London has something for everybody and many of the most popular locations are close to LSE and a number of our student lettings.

When it comes to entertainment, Soho is undoubtedly the place to be. There are all kinds of live entertainment venues, cocktail bars and restaurants that will help you to unwind after a long day on campus or to experience the very best of London’s nightlife. It’s too far to walk if you’re living close to LSE, but public transport to and from Soho is very good with a number of different bus and Underground services in operation.

For something a little closer to the University you have Covent Garden with its countless food and drink stalls around the market plus a number of other exclusive bars and highly-rated places to eat and drink. There are also numerous theatres and places to go shopping should you require some retail therapy or a more cultural evening.

London’s West End is famous for its live performances and thanks to LSE’s central location you’ll be within a short journey by bus or tube if you want to take in a show. There are also a number of other popular but smaller theatres right by the LSE campus if you’re interested in watching performances from lesser-known actors and producers. For live outdoor theatre you also have the option of crossing the river and visiting Shakespeare’s Globe theatre which is located close to the Millennium Bridge.

The City of London business district is also just a short journey to the east of the main campus providing the perfect opportunity to find employment in fields based around students’ chosen courses, while

St. James’ Park and Lincoln’s Inn Fields are the nearest large green spaces but there are a number of smaller parks and open areas where you have the opportunity to relax, study or grab a bite to eat in the great outdoors.

Information and Contact Details

More information about studying at LSE can be found at the main campus near Aldwych, online here.

For more information on our range of fantastic student rentals near LSE or to buy a student property in London, get in touch with a member of the CBRE Residential team today by clicking here.