COVID-19 FAQs for students

Here you'll find information about studying at LSE during COVID-19, including what we're expecting for your teaching and learning during the academic year 2021/22, getting tested on campus, and what updates to UK guidance mean for you.

Travel to the UK

Ther are quarantining and testing protocols you must follow when travelling to England, which are being run by the UK government:  

What support is available for students travelling from red list countries?

 All international arrivals coming into UK airports from red-listed countries must now book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the importation of COVID-19.

Information on which countries are on the UK's 'red list' can be found on the UK government website.

If you are arriving into the UK, regardless of your final destination within the UK, and have visited or passed through a red list country, you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. You will need to book and pay for this independently using the link below.

Booking a quarantine hotel

The Managed Quarantine Package costs £2,285 for a single person and includes 10 full days (11 nights) including food, beverages, transfers, security and 2 Covid tests.

Applying for deferred payment for hotel quarantine

If you will find it difficult to pay for the Managed Quarantine Package fee immediately, you can apply for ‘deferred payment due to financial hardship’ as a student with a visa to study in the UK. To find out how to do this, please click on the link at the very bottom of the quarantine hotel booking page. This is the section of the Booking page which says: If you are facing financial hardship and unable to pay immediately - find more details here.

On arrival, you must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked for 10 days. If you test positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer.

You should book your quarantine package in good time so that you can campus enrol at LSE for the start of your studies.

Means-tested financial support for students from red list countries

LSE has a means-tested In-Course Support fund available for registered students who face unexpected financial hardship once they have enrolled at the School. 

LSE students from red-listed countries who face financial difficulties, as a result of paying for the hotel quarantine arrangements, can apply for a £700 award towards these costs. These awards will be means-tested and students can apply once you have completed your quarantine period and have campus-enrolled at LSE.

Apply via the Student Support Fund

More information about travelling to the UK can be found on our Getting tested webpage

 

Testing to access campus

Do I need to get tested to come to campus? How often will I need to get tested?

Yes - students and staff coming to LSE's campus to access facilities must be tested twice a week for COVID-19. This is in line with government guidance, and is required to access buildings on campus.

You can show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid lateral flow test result. Your test result must have been taken in the last four days to ensure entry. The table below gives an indication of how often you should get tested:  

Initial test 

Mon 

Tues* 

Weds* 

Thurs 

Fri 

Next text 

Fri 

Fri/Mon 

Fri/Mon 

Mon 

Tues 

More information on testing and booking

*If you have a test on either Tuesday or Wednesday and require access to campus over the weekend, you will need to book a further test for Friday as the Test Centre is closed at weekends or use a home test kit for a more recent result. 

How do I register my result from my home test kit?

To record your result online, go to www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and follow the step-by-step process below:

  1. Click start 
  2. Select myself → continue 
  3. Continue without an account → continue 
  4. Select where in the UK you live → continue 
  5. Select 'Yes' or 'No' when asked if you're taking this test for your job, and follow the steps depending on your answer → continue 
  6. Type in "London School of Economics (WC2A 2AE)" from the drop down list → continue 
  7. When was it taken → today or yesterday → continue 
  8. Enter your Test strip ID number (Scan the QR code or type it) 
  9. Record result (negative or positive) - if positive, please book a PCR test to confirm the result

Find out more about where to collect more test kits and other information about testing in our 'Get tested at LSE' pages.

 

Studying at LSE during COVID-19

When am I expected to return to campus?

All LSE students are expected to be in London and studying on campus for Michaelmas Term:

  • We expect you and all fellow students to join us on campus in London to study from the start of term, Monday 27 September.
  • However, we understand that due to exceptional circumstances outside of your control, such as visas or local COVID challenges, you may not be able to arrive at this time.
  • If this is the case, we will continue to support you remotely during the first few weeks of term before your arrival. We will aim to offer hybrid teaching to ensure your experience at LSE is maintained despite other delays outside of your control.
  • You will still need to come to London so that you can complete your studies which will include in-person components for all students, and you should aim to arrive within a few weeks of the start of term, enrolling by  22 October at the latest.

Is it possible to study only online for Michaelmas Term 2021?

Our expectation for the 2021/22 academic year is that all LSE students will be in London and studying on campus, where many of your learning experiences will be in-person, supplemented by some online elements. This approach has been informed by our student and academic communities, building upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year.

As such, we are not planning to offer remote-only study for Michaelmas Term 2021. You can read more about this in our statement on teaching and learning arrangements for Michaelmas Term

What will be taught online, and what will be taught in-person?


What will be taught online, and what will be taught in-person?

Many of your learning experiences will be in-person, supplemented by some online elements. This approach has been informed by our student and academic community, building upon the innovations and improvements we have put in place over the past year.

From the start of Michaelmas Term 2021, teaching and learnig will take place as follows:

  • We will deliver all compulsory teaching and learning activity in person, including seminars, tutorials, workshops, classes and Harvard style teaching sessions. However, there may be occasional rare circumstances which must be well-justified where we may need to move an activity online.
  • We are not planning to have mandated social distancing in classrooms. However, we are prepared to reintroduce this if the need arises.
  • The standard expectation is that other types of staff-student engagement will take place in-person on campus. These include office hours, academic mentoring and dissertation/thesis supervision.
  • Some other aspects of your programme may also be online but when this happens, we will always prioritise on-campus opportunities for interactive engagement.

Lecture arrangements for Michaelmas Term

  • Lectures, which are non-compulsory, will normally be delivered online - either synchronously or asynchronously. We will aim to deliver a small number of lectures in-person.
  • All lectures, whether in-person or online, will be recorded for your benefit.
  • It may be possible to deliver more lectures in-person in Lent Term and we will continue to explore this.
  • This approach towards lectures means that, should we need to reintroduce social distancing measures, we would be able to continue providing face-to-face class and seminar teaching for a much larger number of courses in-person on campus. This will also enable us to use these spaces for community building, networking activities as well as peer and faculty engagement while these measures are not in place.

Understanding UK guidance and restrictions

Find out more information on the UK government website.

It's essential to follow England and LSE's rules, to help us resume in-person activities safely and maintain a low-risk environment. We all have a role to play and everyone’s efforts can make a huge difference.

I have concerns about my visa - what should I do?

Our International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) have a dedicated FAQ page for coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration advice for current and prospective students.

If your question is not answered in their FAQs, use their query form to contact the team for advice.

How is LSE planning for a range of scenarios?

LSE has in place a number of comprehensive health and safety measures on campus to keep you safe and secure while on campus and in the halls of residence.

We hope that London does not experience another lockdown in the 2021-22 academic year. However, we are also preparing for a range of scenarios that will allow us to flex our approach to teaching and learning swiftly with the minimum disruption to our community, should we need to respond to changing health advice over the winter months.

If we are required to reintroduce social distancing we could pivot a minority of in-person classes and seminars online to ensure the majority of face-to-face teaching can continue in a safely distanced and secure environment. 

If we are no longer permitted to teach in-person on campus for a period of time, all teaching and learning will pivot online, similar to Lent and Summer Terms 2021 where we kept campus open as much as possible. 

A key aspect of planning for all scenarios is keeping lectures normally online in Michaelmas Term.

Below is a summary of the actions the School could take in the event of further COVID disruption:

  • Issue clear guidance from the School and your department regarding the plans for teaching, learning and support; 
  • Implement government advice regarding student and staff access to campus;
  • Provide lectures online; 
  • Pivot in-person teaching to synchronous and asynchronous online provision using the mechanisms in place in 2020/21 to support those students unable travel to campus; 
  • Deliver departmental teaching materials via Moodle; 
  • Provide support services remotely, via Zoom, Teams, email, telephone, Livechat, etc.  
  • Provide support and guidance for your health and well-being via Zoom appointments and web-based information; 
  • Continue office hours with class teachers and academic mentors online; 
  • Maintain access to the online Library materials; 
  • Deliver department-appropriate assessments online, taking into account the specific needs of quantitative and qualitative programmes; 
  • Provide support and advice to students resident in LSE and UoL halls of residence; 
  • Make available hardship funds for vulnerable students adversely affected by the pandemic; 
  • Offer practical guidance and adopt a sympathetic approach to students seeking to interrupt or defer their studies.

What kind of support is available if I test positive for COVID?

Where a student tests positive for COVID-19, most cases will require medical intervention, and the NHS has advice on how to look after yourself at home. However, if you contract COVID-19 and require hospital treatment you will be eligible for this as a student – you can find more information on this on the LSE website. It is important that you register with a General Practice (GP) upon your arrival – the most convenient GP practice for you will depend on where you live – you can find GPs via the NHS website. LSE also has an on campus GP, St Philips Medical Centre, that you can register with instead if you wish to.

We are also urging all students to get vaccinated before they come to campus if they can. LSE will also be offering vaccinations on-campus via the St Philips Medical Centre this year. Students who are clinically extremely vulnerable should read this guidance from the NHS.

LSE is here to support you and your mental health during your studies. Your mental health is a priority and we would urge you to consider discussing what support is available to you with the Counselling Service or via the Peer Support scheme. LSE also offers a 24/7 mental health support line via Spectrum.Life who you can call if you require immediate support. 

If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate during your studies, your department will provide guidance on how to carry out learning activities if you feel well enough.

 

Campus life and staying safe

What's been done to make campus as safe as possible?

Your health and safety is paramount. Across campus and halls of residences we have introduced enhanced health and safety measures. Where appropriate it is likely that we will go beyond government guidance, based on scientific advice and the expertise of our academic faculty. 

You can find an overview of the measures on place in our - Keeping our community safe on campus pages.


Will LSE Students' Union be running clubs and societies?

Yes - there are lots of ways you can get involved with the Students’ Union this year. Visit the LSESU website for information on what's on and how to join in.

What's being done to make sure my student experience is the best it can be?

We know your experience at LSE is shaped outside of the classroom too, and we will offer you a range of exciting opportunities to develop skills and try new things. 

These include giving back through volunteering, developing your entrepreneurial ideas via LSE Generate, shaping your community through LSE Students’ Union activities and societies and our new online public lecture programme. You can also access thriving regional alumni groups too, which operate across the globe.

We are committed to working in partnership with you to enhance your experiences and Disability and Wellbeing Services, Careers, Student Advice and LSE LIFE will continue to be available to guide you through the next academic year and beyond.

What is the advice for students who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, or living with someone who is?

We are working hard to keep our community safe, well and supported as we have put in place a range of measures to help make LSE COVID-secure
 
However, it is important that students who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and students who live with someone who is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ read and follow the advice available on the NHS website
 
If you are ‘clinically vulnerable’, or live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, you should also read and follow the advice available on the NHS website.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your wellbeing on campus please contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service by emailing disabilitydyslexia@lse.ac.uk.

Why do I need to follow LSE’s health and safety measures on campus?

LSE has undertaken extensive and rigourous risk assessments and health and safety assessments on all rooms and communal areas of the LSE campus. 

The measures we have in place are designed to keep our community as safe as possible. We are unapologetic about the fact that we will sometimes go beyond UK government guidance to ensure our campus is safe. 

What if I'm exempt from wearing a face mask?

If you're exempt from wearing a face mask, then you'll need to register as exempt with the Student Wellbeing Service and display an identifying sticker on your LSE ID card. Find out more about registering and collecting your sticker on the student mask exemptions webpage.

I have already tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed my self-isolation, do I need to take another test?

If you are planning to come to campus and have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you must ensure that you have followed all self-isolation protocols and that you are well before you come to campus. You will still need to take a rapid test before accessing facilities to show that you do not currently have COVID-19. 

Experts advise not to take another PCR test within 90 days of your first positive test as individuals who have recovered may continue to shed fragments of virus (these fragments cannot transmit the disease) in sufficient quantities to test positive again.