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. 

About your hall committee

What do hall committees do? 

Hall committees are a group of residents with the aim to develop a good sense of community and a respectful environment in the hall. The committees are either selected by the warden (postgraduate halls) or elected by residents (undergraduate halls). They get to spend the committee budget on social events throughout the year. 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 

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Committee contact details

Committee member contact details

For a list of committee members and contact details, visit: Contacts in halls of residence

How to become a committee member 

Who can stand for election/selection?

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). Being on the committee will also 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.

To become a committee member you must be both: 

  • a resident and
  • a full-time registered LSE student

Whether you're elected or selected depends on your hall: 

How to get nominated and elected/selected

You can self-nominate for a hall committee position by submitting an online application to the Residential Life team. 

Your application 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 and Residential Life officer, visit: Contacts in halls of residence

  • Undergraduate halls: your manifesto will be shared with all residents.
  • Postgraduate halls: your application will be reviewed and assessed by the warden and Residential Life officer. They will make the selection based on the skills, experiences and strategies that you demonstrate in your application.

Available positions

Five hall committee positions are up for election:

  • president
  • vice president
  • communications officer
  • community and welfare officer
  • events officer

Election/selection timeline

Elections and selections happen during the first month of Michaelmas term each year.

Nominations take place in week two and three of Michaelmas term and results are announced soon after voting closes or once the wardens have made their selections.

Online voting

Unless your warden tells you otherwise, elections take place online and a voting link will be shared by the Residential Life team.

Induction and training for new hall committee members

Hall committee inductions take place in November. The induction includes role-specific training and group activities that help everyone to meet each other. 

We’ll focus on areas that are important for your work in the committee, such as mental health awareness and student wellbeing as well as leadership and organisational skills. 

To make sure you are equipped with skills you need for your role, training continues throughout the academic year.

Committee resources

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] 

Committee SharePoint site

Our SharePoint site for committees lets you access important information, submit reports, and collaborate. Access is given to committee members once their induction training is completed.

Residential Life team - supporting hall committees in their work

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 also manage a SharePoint site 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 contact details

Email: residential.life@lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @LSEResLife
Instagram: @lsereslife
Facebook: @LSEResLife

To see who's is looking after your hall, visit: Contacts in halls of residence

Social activities and campaigns in halls

LSE Halls Cup

The LSE Halls Cup is your chance to get active, do great things and overcome challenges together with great people.​ 

It was launched by the LSE Students' Union to help create unity in the halls community. It is now managed by the hall committees and the Residential Life team.

To win, halls need to collect points in all six categories: 

  • ​fundraising
  • volunteering
  • active lifestyle
  • hall student committee events
  • civic engagement
  • sustainability

 

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

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.

These halls take part: 

  • Bankside House
  • Butler's Wharf Residence
  • Carr-Saunders Hall
  • Grosvenor House
  • High Holborn Residence
  • Northumberland House
  • Passfield Hall
  • Rosebery Hall

Find out more: Reduce the Juice