Hall committees and social activities in halls

How to build a great social life while you're in halls

This page explains what the hall committee does, how you can get involved, and how you can find out more about social activities at your hall. 

The hall committee and the residential life team are key people who plan social activities at your hall. 

Hall committees - get involved in organising social events

What do hall committees do? 

Hall committees are a group of residents elected by residents. Their aim is to develop a good sense of community and a respectful environment in the hall. To see who's on your committee at the moment, visit: Contacts in halls of residence

The hall committee members get to spend the common room fee (that all residents pay) on social events throughout the year.

Here's what committe members do:

  • we welcome new students at the start of the year
  • we maintain an active social calendar throughout the year with events including pizza parties, study brunches, film nights, yoga, guided meditation and wellbeing events, boat parties, wine tastings, and seasonal celebrations
  • we represent the hall at the Residences User Group (RUG) to provide feedback and raise concerns to senior members of staff at LSE
  • we lead participation in the Halls Cup competition 

How can I join my hall committee?

Who can join the committee?

Everyone. Including you. Provided that you're a resident and full-time registered LSE student. 

Being on the hall committee is an opportunity to network and develop your skills. You will lead, communicate, work within a team and problem-solve (skills that are much sought-after by employers). As an added bonus, being on the committee will help you get a room in your hall for the following year (as long as your warden recommends your return to the hall and you apply in time). 

Committee elections are held each year during the first weeks of Michaelmas term (at the end of October or in early November). Nominations for elections take place ten days before elections. The results are announced soon after elections close.

What positions can I stand for? 

A committee consists of at least three positions:

  • president
  • treasurer
  • secretary

Optional positions include these (some halls may have even more roles)​:

  • vice president
  • community and welfare offiver
  • events officer
  • wellbeing officer
  • environment and sustainability officer
  • international officer
  • postgraduate officer

How do I get nominated?​​

You can self-nominate for a hall committee position. All you need to do is to submit a manifesto or statement to your warden. They will circulate your manifesto to all residents. Your manifesto should include:

  • your name,
  • the position you are running for, and
  • why you think you are a suitable candidate.

For contact details of your warden, visit: Contacts in halls of residence

Online elections​

Unless your warden tells you otherwise, elections take place online at: LSESU halls elections [link to https://www.lsesu.com/democracy/halls]

Committee handbook

If you want to find out even more about the roles and what committee work looks like, check out this collection of advice for committees: Committee handbook [PDF] ​

Hall committee contact details and facebook groups

Supporting hall committees - Residential Life team

We're a team of staff in Residential Services. We support the hall committees in their work and help them to make the most of their resources. 

We run three committee briefings a year, in November, April and September, where you can learn more about the role, discuss how things are going, and learn from each other.

We also manage a Moodle page for committees to find important information, submit reports, and to collaborate and learn from other committee members. Log in information is sent to all committee members.

Residential life team

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Gabriele Coppa
residential.life@lse.ac.uk

Twitter @LSEResLife

 

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Sophia Quazi
residential.life@lse.ac.uk

Twitter @LSEResLife

 

Social activities and campaigns in halls - what's on at the moment

The Halls Cup

The LSE Halls Cup was launched by the LSE Students' Union to help create unity in the halls community. This is your chance to get active, do great things and overcome challenges, with great people.​ To win, halls need to collect points in all six categories: 

  • ​fundraising
  • volunteering
  • active lifestyle
  • hall student committee events
  • halls annual satisfaction survey 
  • sustainability

Committees are responsible for the category hall student committee events. The other categories are joint collaborations with LSESU, RAG, the Volunteering Centre and Sustainability.

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For information and updates speak to your hall committee or visit: LSE SU Halls Cup.

Student switch off 

The National Union of Students (NUS) Switch Off Campaign lets you compete in an energy saving competition. Halls compete against each other to see who can save the most energy. You can win fun prizes such as tubs of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, NUS cards and more. Currently Bankside House, Carr-Saunders  Hall, Grosvenor House and Northumberland House take part.

For information, visit: Student Switch Off

Reduce the Juice 

Reduce the Juice is a sustainability competition run by the University of London (UOL). Halls compete in different sprints: energy saving, water saving and recycling. The hall with the biggest energy and water savings plus improvement in recycling wins a huge prize for the entire hall chosen by the student hall committee. Currently Butler's Wharf Residence, High Holborn Residence, Passfield Hall, and Rosebery Hall take part. 
Find out more: Reduce the Juice