How to guides

Useful information from the LSE website

This page provides you with links to other key areas of the LSE website that will be useful in your first few weeks


Enrol as a student

Find out when you'll need to complete your online enrolment and attend your campus enrolment session on our enrolment webpage.

Prove you are a student

Before you enrol

You cannot prove that you are a student before you enrol but you can show that you are due to enrol with LSE. There are a number of ways to do this

  • Use your LSE or UCAS offer letter. This will have been sent to you by the relevant admissions team.
  • You will be emailed a PDF pre-enrolment pass at the end of online pre-enrolment. This pass will allow you to access LSE buildings before you get your LSE card at your campus enrolment session.

After you campus enrol

  • You will be given an LSE card at your campus enrolment session which is a quick way to show that you are a student.
  • You can request a Certificate of Enrolment online. These are ideal for things like bank accounts, Council Tax and visa applications. 
  • You can buy a Totum Card. This is ideal for requesting discounts in shops, gyms etc.

Get Visa Advice

The Student Advice and Engagement Team are the only team at LSE that can provide Visa Advice

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) offer lots of general advice. 

Move into your Hall of Residence

LSE Residential Life have produced a series of videos to help you prepare for moving into Halls.

You can view the videos on their YouTube Channel.

You can find further support and resources for making the most of your stay in halls at information for students in halls.

Open a bank account

Read the Welcome Guide for information on how to open a UK bank account, or visit the 'Setting up a bank account' webpage for further information. 

Get advice about scholarships and financial support

Visit the Financial Support Office webpages for more information about the options available to you. 

Apply for discounted travel

Students can get discounted travel if they have a Student Oyster photocard and buy season tickets. There is no discount available on pay as you go travel.

For more information and advice on how to work out the best deal for your travel visit our 'I'd like to order an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard' webpage. 

Deal with Council Tax

Council Tax is a system of local taxation collected on domestic properties in the UK. Full time students are typically entitled to some form of exemption, but this depends on your individual circumstances and the circumstances of those that you are living with. 

For more information visit our Council Tax page. If you need further advice contact the LSE Students Union.

Set up your IT account

You will be asked as part of your online pre-enrolment to activate your LSE network and email accounts. You will then have access to LSE for You and other online learning resources.

LSE's Data and Technology Services have produced a comprehensive set of pages for new students. 

Visit Key DTS Information for New Students.

Stay safe at LSE

Generally speaking London is a very safe city and LSE is one of the few institutions to maintain a largely open campus. 

However, it is always sensible to take precautions. LSE Security have produced a great guide to staying safe on campus and in London more generally.

The British Council's Education UK website offers international students useful safety information and tips on how to make sure that your time in the UK is safe and enjoyable.

In an emergency you can contact LSE Security on 020 7955 6555 or on 666 using an internal phone.

Find out about Departmental Welcome Events

Visit the Welcome website for links to your Departmental Welcome Events. 

Get admissions information for offer holders

You can find details about your offer, including any outstanding conditions or official documents that are required, in your offer letter.

There's also information online at: