- LSE is 2nd in the world for social sciences, according to the QS World University Rankings 2015-2016
- Nearly 70% of students are from overseas, coming from 160 countries, with over 100 languages spoken on campus
- LSE is famous for its programme of public lectures, which are open to students as well as the general public. Past speakers include Nelson Mandela, Angelina Jolie, and the Dalai Lama
- Notable alumni include Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Nobel Laureate George Bernard Shaw, and the current President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano
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“I had a great experience abroad in London and at LSE. I lived at Urbanest Kings Cross, which is in a beautiful neighborhood that’s always busy with food markets and art exhibitions. It was always nice to take a walk or bike through Regent’s Canal on a sunny day, especially when the floating book shop is around!
I really enjoyed my courses, particularly Foreign Policy Analysis (IR202) and Modernity and the State in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea (HY235). When I wasn’t studying at home or at my favorite coffee shop, I’d use my free time to explore the city and travel to other countries. I was lucky enough to cross off a couple of places on my bucket list, including Bruges, Barcelona, and Rome.”
– Gigi Choy, UCEAP LSE Student and recipient of the ACE Scholarship, ’16-’17
Top Five Things to do whilst at the University College London
1. Walk north to visit the British Museum, or South to the River Thames on your lunch break – both are only ten minutes away from LSE
2. Watch a theatre show or musical in London’s famous West End, which happens to be right next to LSE’s campus
3. Attend any one of LSE’s 200+ events, from art exhibitions to their famous public lectures – maybe you’ll hear from a celebrity!
4. Eat lunch on the sunny terrace of the Plaza Cafe, or any other of LSE’s many cafes on campus
5. Go shopping on London’s ever bustling Oxford Street
The LSE has been an amazing experience! In many ways, what makes the classroom such a unique environment is the student body. The LSE is made up of such students from around the world who are ambitious and excited about their line of studies. It has been incredible to hear students from opposing national backgrounds argue historical events. Personally, my favorite moment has been discussing US foreign policy with my Russian classmate.
While the campus itself does not have the grandeur of Berkeley, it is nestled in the best part of London. It is right next to Covent Garden, which has some of the most amazing food and is up against Fleet Street, which is one of the most historic parts of London. There are rooftop-cafes on many of the buildings, and they are definitely worth seeking out. From the top, you can see across London and it is such a beautiful place to take a quick coffee break before class. When the weather is good (which isn’t always a given…), there is nothing better than getting “take away” and sitting out on Lincoln’s Inn, the large park in the middle of campus. The park has an expansive grassy area, decorated with large shady oak trees and flowerbeds. It is also surrounded by the tall marble buildings of Holborn and the Royal College of Surgeons. Really a beautiful place to sit out and enjoy the sun like a true Londoner!
Accommodation is a difficult thing in London and I am very grateful for the diversity of student accommodation offered through the LSE. My dorm was right in Covent Garden, which meant that I was walking distance so the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus and with it some of the most amazing food in the city. As a museum lover, history nerd and coffee fanatic, I could not have been in a better part of the city.
– LSE Student ’16-’17 and Melanie Woiwode Scholarship recipient, Karly Graf
With its campus nestled right in the middle of central London, LSE combines the energetic spirit of the multicultural, fast paced metropolis with an intimate, tight knit, on campus community. With students from all different programmes and courses combined onto one campus, there’s no shortage of people to meet or activities to participate in. With more than 200 student societies on campus, you can do everything from Anime and Manga to Hedge Funds! Considering that LSE students hail from 160 different countries, with over 100 languages spoken, there will be a lot you can learn from spending time with your fellow students.
Living in London
LSE’s campus is based in Covent Garden, with their accommodation halls dotted around central London. Covent Garden is an area of central London that offers some of the capital’s best cafes, shops and restaurants. Stroll through Chinatown before seeing a show on Shaftesbury Avenue, head east to check out the beautiful architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral. LSE’s campus is within walking distance of half a dozen different tube stations, and there are also plenty of different bus lines that serve the LSE main campus location. With a student Oyster card, you’ll be able to travel the city with ease and at a discounted price!
The London School of Economics is also just up the road from the River Thames, which has many lovely little gardens or viewpoints to walk through or spend a quiet few minutes.With London’s thriving social scene and LSE’s world class academic resources, you are certain to never get bored while studying abroad at the London School of Economics with UCEAP!