International Students

frequently asked questions

Around 70% of LSE's students are from outside the UK.


16 9 ratio-CBG_1888Around 70% of LSE's students are from outside the UK. As a result, Welcome and other orientation activities aim to cater for students from the UK, EU and the rest of the world.

However, we recognise that students from outside the UK may have some specific questions and this page aims to answer some of those.

Entering the UK

The UK Border Force publish some top tips for students arriving in the UK for the first time. It provides details on the documents that you will need and what to expect at the border.

Entering the UK - UK Border Force

New to the UK

There are many different things to consider when planning a move to the UK, here are a few important things to consider: clothing and weather, electricity supply, English law,  driving in the UK and mobile phones.

These are all covered in our New to the UK page

Culture Shock

Arriving in a different country with a new culture can at times be overwhelming. This page seeks to give you some advice on how to deal with culture shock and where to receive support. 

We have some top tips for dealing with Culture Shock

Talks for International Students

The Student Advice and Engagement Team has produced a top tips for International Students video which you can view here


Arriving during Michaelmas Term

LSE expects you to arrive in time for you to attend your allocated campus enrolment session but we recognise that sometimes exceptional circumstances mean that this is not always possible. To find out what you need to do if you are planning to arrive during Michalemas Term, please visit our dedicated webpage

Registering with the Police

Some nationalities must register with the police when they arrive in the UK. You only have to register if your Biometric Residence Permit or decision letter says you must.

Find out more about Police Registration on our when you have your visa page.

Welcome for International Students

There are lots of events and support available to students from outside the UK during the main Welcome period. All of our events are designed with both international and UK students in mind.

Check out our dedicated Welcome website to find out more.