New MPhil/PhD and visiting research students

Welcome to the LSE

We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us. One of the first things we ask you to do when you arrive is to register on your degree programme. You will need to do so in person at the PhD Academy (LRB 4.03).

The Welcome Talk for new PhD students will take place on Wednesday 20 September in TW1 G.01, between 2 - 3pm, followed by a drinks reception in the PhD Academy, LRB 4.02. 

Please read the following carefully. Dates will be confirmed before registration begins.

What happens at registration

In order to become an official student of the LSE, you need to register in person. During registration we check your eligibility to study and issue you with your LSE ID card. You don't need to choose individual courses (modules) at registration.

Before registration

Before coming to registration please make sure that you have:

  • Submitted all of your required admissions documents and completed your Financial Undertaking Form. You can do so via your LSEforYou account. The Graduate Admissions Team will be available to process last minute documents on the day but this is likely to delay your registration.
  • Collated all of the documents you will need (see below).

What to bring with you

  •  Your original offer letter.
  • Any outstanding documents required by Graduate Admissions. Please note that if you have any outstanding documents/evidence you will need to see the Graduate Admissions office before coming to the PhD Academy to register. 

When you register we are legally required to check your eligibility to study in the UK. We do this by checking various documents.

The documents required vary depending on your nationality and visa (if applicable). If you do not bring the appropriate identification documents we will not be able to register you on your programme.

In accordance with UK Home Office requirements, the School is required to make a copy of ALL students’ passports or national identity cards at registration.

UK and EEA students should also bring

  • Your Passport or National ID Card UK or EEA nationality, such as your passport or national identity card.    
  • A driving licence does not verify nationality and is therefore not sufficient for registration purposes.   
  • UK citizens who do not hold a passport can register with alternative documents but this will take significantly longer. If you are registering without a passport, please note we require the same combination of documents as required for a DBS application

Students from outside the EEA should also bring


  • Evidence that you are in the process of applying for an LSE Tier 4 Visa (usually the application coversheet). 
  • A copy of your current visa and passport.
  • If you are registering with an application in process you should be aware that registration is likely to take significantly longer. 

See further information about visas and immigration

If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process please contact us as soon as possible on 020 7955 7761/7153 or

When is registration

Registration will be held between 10:30 - 15:30 in the PhD Academy (LRB4.03) as follows:

  • Accounting, VRS Anthropology, Economic History, and VRS Economics, on Wednesday 13 September 2017
  • European Institute, VRS Finance, Gender Institute and Geography and Environment on Thursday 14 September 2017  
  • International History and International Relations on Friday 15 September 2017
  • Law and Management on Monday 18 September 2017
  • Mathematics, Media and Communications, Methodology, and Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method on Tuesday 19 September 2017
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Social Policy, Sociology, and Statistics on Wednesday 20 September 2017

MRes students will need to check with the Student Services Centre for registration dates for their programme.
If you are unable to attend the allocated day for your department you can register on another day. If you are unable to register by Friday 13 October 2017 please contact the PhD Academy for advice.  All students must be registered by Friday 20 October 2017.

Proof of student status

You will be able to print copies of your certificate of registration from your LSE For You account approximately one hour after you have registered. Please make sure that your addresses are up to date. The place you live during term time (usually in London) should be your contact address and your family home (or international address) should be your permanent address. Use the addresses tab in LSE for You to update your information if it is incorrect.
Bring the printed Certificate of Registration and your ID card to the PhD Academy (LRB 4.03) during opening hours and we will stamp and sign it. It will then be an official document that can prove your status as a student (research students should not go to the Student Services Centre for this as they can only stamp and sign certificates for undergraduate and Masters students).

Please be aware that this certificate may not be sufficient to open a bank account. Visit Setting up a bank account for details on the types of documents required by many banks local to LSE.

If you require any further documentation please email clearly setting out your: full name, date of birth and student number (if known) as well as the details of what documentation you require.