Certificates and Letters

proving that you're a student at LSE

We have a range of documentation to help you prove that you're studying at LSE

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During your time at LSE you may need official documentation to prove that you are studying with us. Click on the relevant category below for further information on how to get the right documentation for you.

Please note: this webpage is for taught (Undergraduate, General Course, Masters and MRes) students only. PhD students should contact the PhD Academy to request a certificate or letter.

Certificate of Registration (for banks, council tax, and other organisations)

You can use a Certificate of Registration to prove that you are a current, registered student at LSE.

We are only able to provide you with a Certificate of Registration after you have registered on your designated Registration date. If you are a continuing student, certificates of registration normally become available in September. 

Certificates of Registration are for the current academic year and contain:

  • Your full name

  • Your student number

  • Your date of birth

  • Your term time and permanent addresses

  • The title and subject of your programme

  • The start and end dates of your programme

  • LSE's term dates

  • Your registration status (e.g. Registered, unregistered taking assessments)

  • Your mode of attendance (e.g full-time, part-time)

The Certificate of Registration can also be used for the following purposes:

Bank Letter
Some banks will ask you for documentation to confirm your registration status. These letters will need to be addressed directly to the individual bank.

It may be possible to produce these letters for you before you have registered, providing your admissions documents are all in order. However some banks will not accept them until you are registered. You should check with your bank before requesting the letter. 

Council Tax Exemption Certificate
Council Tax Exemption Certificates are special Certificates of Registration that can be used to give to Local Authorities to prove you are a student.  They meet the requirements of all London Local Authorities.

We are only able to provide you with a Council Tax Exemption Certificate after you have registered on your designated Registration date. If you are a continuing student, Council Tax Exemption Certificates normally become available in September. 

Visa Letters for Travelling Outside the UK
You can request a visa letter for travelling if you need to prove your student status to travel outside the UK. The letter will be addressed to the embassy of the country you plan to visit. 

We are only able to provide you with a visa letter after you have registered on your designated Registration date. If you are a continuing student, visa letters normally become available in September. 

These letters can only be used for travel purposes, they cannot be used for Tier 4 or Short Term Study applications. Please remember that you should not miss any teaching due to travel. 

If you require a document that contains additional information, or if you require a certificate of registration for a previous year, please request a Customised Confirmation of Student Status below.

You can request a Certificate of Registration by clicking on this link and filling out the form.

Customised Confirmation of Student Status

We can produce a customised confirmation of student status letter if a standard Certificate of Registration does not contain all of the information you need, for example:

  • You are a current student and need a certificate of registration for a previous year
  • Another institution has asked that we include a specific phrase or sentence

We will do our best to provide the information that you require but we can only include information that is held on your student record that we are allowed to release. We cannot include exam and submission dates, marks, details of academic performance or conduct, attendance records. 

Given their bespoke nature these letters must be requested online and may take up to five working days to produce.

You can request a Customised Confirmation of Student Status by clicking on this link, indicating in the dropdown menu that you need a different type of letter, and explaining what you need the letter to say in the space provided.

Certificate of Course Selection

The Certificate of Course Selection lists the courses that you have chosen for the current academic year. 

We can provide you with a Certificate of Course Selection if you have not yet completed your current year of study or you have sat exams but are waiting for your results. 

If you are in London you can collect a Certificate of Course Selection from the Student Services Centre on the Ground Floor of the Old Building. We are normally open between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

If you are not in London please click on the button below to request a Certificate of Course Selection.

Request a Certificate of Course Selection

Request a Certificate of Course Selection for 2018/19

  • Your Name
  • Your Privacy
  • Your right to privacy is important to us. The personal information that you submit in this form will be used to help us produce your Certificate of Course Selection. Please visit lse.ac.uk/privacy to read our Privacy Policy and learn more about how we collect and use information about you so that you can make an informed choice about using our website.

 

If you have already received formal results you can request an intermediate transcript instead. This will confirm your course selections and your results.

 

Transcripts, Diploma Documents and Degree Certificates

Current students with at least one set of confirmed results can request an intermediate transcript.

If you do not yet have any confirmed results you can request a Certificate of Course Selection.

Degree Certificates, Final Transcripts and Diploma Supplements are only available when you have successfully completed your programme. Visit Graduating from LSE for more information.

Reference Letters and Degree Verification

Reference Letters

Reference letters are typically produced by your Academic Mentor or another member of academic staff within your department. Please contact your department for more information. 

Undergraduate students may also want to consider contacting their Departmental Tutor

Degree Verification

LSE uses the Higher Education Degree Datacheck system to allow third-parties to verify the details of an individuals LSE degree. 

For more information visit Third-party requests for verification of qualifications.