Registration and Campus Enrolment

for new MPhil/PhD and visiting research students

We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us. 

Here you will find information about both processes and answers to frequently asked questions that you may have.

Please note that this information is for new MPhil/PhD students only.  If you are starting an MRes/PhD programme you will need to consult the Student Service Centre pages on when and where you need to attend.


The PhD Academy is currently closed and all students due to enrol from Lent Term would have received an email regarding remote registration already. If you have not received an email, please send an email to 




Campus enrolment

It is very important that you attend campus enrolment.

Campus enrolment takes place in-person and is where we will check your official documents, including passport and visa. Please ensure that all admissions conditions have been completed as we cannot carry out campus enrolment until all conditions have been met.

Once you have completed campus enrolment, you will be issued your LSE Card, giving you access to campus and on-campus teaching and services.

Please see below for the campus enroment schedule.

The safety of staff and students is a primary concern and in order to help stop the spread of Coronavirus we have put in place additional measures to protect the LSE community. This will include social distancing and management of numbers for each session. For your on campus enrolment session please ensure that: 

  • You attend only the session for which you have been allocated; 
  • You wear a face mask whilst attending the on campus enrolment; 
  • You follow signage and guidance around queuing, entry and exit;  
  • You have checked on your Graduate Admissions Application Tracker that there are no outstanding requirements that need to be completed before you come to the PhD Academy for on campus enrolment. We will not be able to complete your enrolment if there are outstanding requirements; 
  • You do not come onto campus if you have symptoms or are self-isolating.

When is campus enrolment?

Enrolment for Lent Term will commence on Monday 11 January 2021 and you will be invited to a specific slot by appointment. This is to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

If you are due to start your programme in Lent Term 2020/21 (including Visiting Research Students) you will be contacted in the new year with instructions.

If are a Michaelmas Term starter and have been away from the School and will return in Lent Term, please email one week prior to your arrival on campus so that we can invite you to register in person during a specific time slot.


Where is campus enrolment?

Campus enrolment for MPhil/PhD and visting research students will take place in the PhD Academy, LRB4.03 (Lionel Robbins Building, 4th Floor). 

To find out where the PhD Academy is located please visit Maps and Directions.

What do I bring to campus enrolment?

When you campus enrol we are legally required to check your eligibility to study in the UK. We do this by checking various documents. The documents you'll need vary depending on your nationality and visa (if applicable). If you do not bring the appropriate identification documents, we will not be able to campus enrol you.

For details of what you need to bring with you please visit the "what to bring to campus enrolement" page.

In order to avoid delaying your campus enrolment, please ensure that you have submitted all required documents to Graduate Admissions in good time. 

 In accordance with UK Home Office requirements, the School is required to take a scan of ALL students' passports or national identity cards at campus enrolment. 


Some Frequently Asked Questions to help with next steps

How do I activate my email ?

Instructions on how to activate your email can be found here.

How do I access Zoom and Microsoft Teams?

It is important for you to download Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The School has licences for both these applications and you should access both using the School's licence:

  • Information on how to download and set up your LSE Zoom account can be found here.
  • Information on how to download and set up your LSE MS Teams account be be found here.

How do I obtain a student status letter?

You can generate your own student status letters by using this link. 

How do I speak to staff about a confidential/complex query?

If would like to speak to a member of the team, please submit an enquiry and state this in your enquiry.  We will arrange for a meeting via Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Telephone depending on what works best for you. We will also be holding drop-in sessions via Zoom throughout Michaelmas Term and details of these will be available on the PhD Academy web pages soon.  


How do I apply for an Oyster card?

If you travel frequently, you might consider purchasing a TfL 18+ Student Oyster photocard to receive a discount on Travelcard and Bus and Tram Pass season tickets. There is a non-refundable registration fee and part-time students are not generally eligible. As transport in London has been impacted by changes due to COVID-19 and guidelines can change, please refer to the information on You should submit your TfL 18+ Student Oyster Photocard application via the TfL website once you have: 

  1. Registered online 
  2. Completed in person enrolment 
  3. Updated your term-time address in LSE for You to your address in London 
  4. Read the terms and conditions for TFL

I am an international student and have a query about my visa. Who should I contact?

You can contact the International Visa Advice Team using their online webform. You may also find it useful to read their COVID 19 FAQs.

I have a question about my stipend. Who should I contact?

You should contact the Financial Support Office by email