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, 6th floor of STC and another on top of the Plaza café plus a brown roof on CON, a green wall on OLD and planters with nectar rich plants to support the LSE bees. 

Our resident beehives and the roof top garden outside the Shaw Library are managed by the Beekeeping Society and Roof Top Garden Group respectively.  To find out more visit Sustainable LSE.

Centre Building, learning commons

On the ground floor there are a variety of study spaces, providing opportunities for students to engage in different modes of informal collaborative working, offering the ability to learn and create in a fun and inspiring way. There are quiet study spaces for individual work and small group huddles, nooks suitable for brainstorming ideas and casual meetings further away from the main circulation areas, where you are less likely to be disturbed. Larger group work and more transient interactions are encouraged in the open plan spaces nearer to the café and main entrance.

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 Postgraduate 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 CBG (2nd, 6th, 12th floors), SAW and the NAB, good weather and roof-top views across London can also be enjoyed from the 4th floor of OLD 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

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

Old Building

There is an Undergraduate common room located on 4th floor of OLD (LSE swipe card access).

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

Situated on the 4th floor of LRB, this is a dedicated space and services hub for doctoral candidates studying at LSE (LSE swipe card access).

Postgraduate Common Room

There is a Postgraduate common room on the lower ground floor of 32L with microwave facilities (LSE swipe card access).

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Home to the Students’ Union, LSE Careers and other services.  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, situated on the second floor, brings together all SU media into one space, including The Beaver, Pulse Radio, LooSE TV and Clare Market Review.  The building also houses the Denning Learning Cafe and the Weston Vegan Cafe run by the SU, with ample seating and social spaces to relax.

LSE Faith Centre

The Faith Centre, found on the second floor of the SAW, is a unique space on campus.  It is home to LSE’s diverse religious activities, transformational interfaith leadership programmes, wellbeing classes, and a reflective space for students away from the noise of campus life. You can find a Cave for meditation, male and female Islamic prayer rooms and a bookable space for all student faith societies. The Faith Centre is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm, with your LSE student card needed for out of hours access. Ask at the Faith Centre reception for more details on our programmes.

LSE public square

Created as part of the Centre Building redevelopment scheme, this landscaped central plaza is at the heart of LSE. The pedestrianised square will be used for School events, create opportunities for social interactions and also enhance the biodiversity of the campus.

The Shaw Library (LSE Founders' Room)

Located on the 6th floor of OLD, 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 23 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 facility is currently closed.

Undergraduate Common Room

As a result of feedback received from the Student Union survey on student social spaces, we are happy to announce that the 4th Floor Café in OLD has transformed into a new Undergraduate common room, with facilities for heating and eating your own food, with hot water and microwaves.

The space offers a mix of seating for both studying and relaxing and is accessible using your UG LSE swipe card.