Social and green space

The LSE campus offers many areas of communal space for meeting and socialising, and is within close walking distance of some of the most attractive green space in central London

In addition to the surrounding green space we are also ‘greening’ the campus by enhancing the biodiversity value of the urban environment. We have installed a sedum roof on the 5th floor of Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 6th floor of St Clements and another on top of the Plaza café plus a brown roof on Connaught House, a green wall on the Old Building and planters with nectar rich plants to support the LSE bees on the roof of St Clements West. 

We have five resident beehives and a roof top garden outside the Shaw Library managed by the Roof Top Garden Group.  If you are interested in getting involved find out more at Sustainable LSE.

Departmental common rooms

Some academic departments and research centres offer their students common rooms and study space. Please check with your department/centre manager to see if any space has been allocated for this by your department or research centre.

Escape social space in the Library

This social space in the Library foyer is ideal for relaxing, eating and chatting on your mobile during breaks from studying. 

John Watkins Plaza

In front of the main entrance to the LSE Library is John Watkins Plaza, which is an excellent meeting point as it is one of the most spacious areas on campus. It also has ample seating and its own café with a green roof!

32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

32 Lincolns Inn Fields seating area

You will find a number of break out spaces located throughout the basement, lower ground and ground floors which can be used by students to work or meet socially and relax. There is a PhD common room on the lower ground floor (LSE swipe card access).


Lincoln's Inn Fields

Adjacent to the LSE campus is Lincoln's Inn Fields. Numerous park benches and open lawn space make this one of the best places for rest near campus and a lovely place for quiet study under a tree.

Lincoln's Inn Private Gardens

By courtesy of the Masters of the Bench this secluded garden is open to the public Monday – Friday from 12 noon – 2.30pm. The main entrance to the garden can be found at the south east corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields.

LSE roof terraces

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

In addition to the roof terraces on Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and the New Academic Building, good weather and roof-top views across London can also be enjoyed from  the 4th floor of the Old Building and the 6th floor (Shaw Library). Continuing the LSE tradition of using our roofscapes to their full potential, each terrace is landscaped and is provided with seating so you can sit back and relax with your friends.  Please do not place additional furniture on these terraces as it gets damaged in the rain.

Music Practice Rooms

The Music Practice Room adjoining the Shaw Library contains various musical instruments for students and staff to use, a second room is situated in the basement of Lincoln’s Chambers (LCH B.03) but is not accessible by lift. To use either room you need to be a member of the LSE SU Music Society.

New Academic Building communal areas

The New Academic Building offers several high quality spaces for social interaction. More soft seating can be found in the lower ground lobby. The 8th floor pavilion and roof terrace with biodiversity planting are also available when not reserved for meetings/private functions.

Peacock Theatre

Sadler’s Wells Theatre organises most of the shows and events that are held at the Peacock Theatre, which in recent years have featured some of the most popular alternative shows in London. LSE students are eligible, subject to availability, to purchase up to two tickets per show from a limited number of £8 tickets at the rear of the stalls for all shows – but book early to avoid disappointment!  Alternatively, if you decide to take in a show on the spur of the moment students can purchase the best available seats from £17.50, up to an hour before a show starts (one per person) – subject to availability and on production of your student ID. 

PhD Academy

Located on the 4th floor of the Library, the space includes a kitchenette, informal meeting and seating areas with teaching/seminar room.  You'll also find two silent rooms with the capacity of 144 seated, a group study area with 51 seats and an informal study area within the atrium.

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Home to the Students’ Union and other services such as the School’s Careers Service, as well as space for societies, media rooms and social areas.
The Activities Resource Centre (ARC) on the first floor is the hub for sports clubs and student societies, providing facilities for them as well as for individuals looking to join, set up or develop activities of their own. The media centre, also situated on the second floor, brings together all SU media into one space including The Beaver, Pulse Radio, LooSE TV and Clare Market Review.

LSE Faith Centre

The Faith Centre, situated on the second floor, has an interfaith social space, male and female Islamic prayer rooms, a multi-faith prayer room and a Chapel. The centre is open every day from 8:30am to 9pm. 

The Shaw Library (LSE Founders' Room)

Located on the 6th floor of the Old Building, this is a comfortably furnished common room and library for all members of the School. It has a pleasant ambience and is a haven of retreat for many (although it is not intended for serious study by students). The Shaw Library is regularly used for School functions. 

The stock can be borrowed by LSE staff and students: up to four items may be loaned for up to three weeks.  Newspapers and serials are available for reading in the Library. It is also the venue of the School's long standing free lunchtime recitals and concerts series. Music is an important part of LSE life. The School has its own orchestra and choir: both are conducted by professional musicians, rehearse weekly and give public performances at the end of the Michaelmas and Lent terms.

If you have any questions about the book collection in the Shaw Library, please email

LSE Sportsground

LSE has 17 acres of playing fields in New Malden, Surrey (a 22 minute train ride out of Waterloo).

Sporting amenities and facilities are available for hire by staff and students of the School and by external users when not in use by the Athletics Union.  More information is available on the LSE Sportsground web page.

Students' Salon

This is a designated common room for the use of all LSE students with swipe card access control. Located on the ground floor of King's Chambers, the Salon can be accessed between 8am and 10pm.

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