Early Arrivals

and pre-sessional students

There is a range of support available if you arrive early to LSE, whether that's to undertake pre-sessional teaching or for additional time to settle in.


You might be expected to arrive before LSE Welcome (Friday 21 and Monday 24 to Friday 28 September 2018) to take part in pre-sessional teaching for an MSc programme or develop your language skills. Alternatively, you might choose to come to London early to give yourself additional time to settle in or find accommodation.


Welcome Guide

The first section of the Welcome Guide will be dedicated to things that you can do before LSE Welcome officially starts.

The guide will be available here in August 2018. 

Campus Tours

LSE Campus Tours

A self-guided campus tour will be available here in August 2018.

Hub & events

Early Arrivals Welcome Hub & Events

Information about early arrivals events will be available here in August 2018. 

The schedule for early arrivals in 2017 included:

  • A dedicated Help Point for early arrivals
  • Presentations for international students
  • Talks about wellbeing
  • Information for students living off campus
  • Practically focussed top-tips sessions
  • A showcase of services available to LSE Students
  • Local history tours led by a professional tour guide

Things to know

Useful things to know


Unless you are registering early as part of a compulsory pre-sessional course, you will need to wait for your designated registration date.

Student bank accounts and travel discounts

You may be able to set up a bank account prior to registration, however some tasks, such as securing student discounts on travel cards cannot be done until after you have registered as a student.

Council Tax exemption

Please be aware that if you choose to arrive early you may be liable to pay Council Tax for that period until your official registration date.



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Contact us


Telephone +44 (0) 20 7955 6337


Email welcomeweek@lse.ac.uk

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Student Services Centre, (Ground Floor) Old Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE