London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a public research university founded in 1895 and located in London, England. It is a constituent college of the federal University of London. This institution has more than ten thousand students and three thousand staff from all over the world, which offers a truly international environment.Show more
Everything in LSE is student centred they take extremely good care of students , be it careers , professionals are hired here to guide students in achieving their career goals. Library here is really good with plenty of books computer and reading spacesView more
LSE has had a bad reputation for several years in terms of social life – I quickly found that to be a stereotype or just an idea people came with. LSE has the same social life as any other unis in London, just like Kings or UCL, you need to put yourself ‘out there’ in the beginning of the year and be open minded. Through classes, societies, halls, you meet amazing people. Everyone is new, it makes it easy to make new connections that slowly mature into true friendships. Events are regularly organized, the sports night every Wednesday are a big part of the LSE social life as well and they’re super fun! Trips are organized by different societies throughout the year as well! There are plenty of things to get involved with all around campus !
Academically, I have found my classes extremely stimulating and have never been bored – lecturers are amazing ( I am pursuing an International Relations BSc) and office hours have been super helpful.View more
LSE is a very reputable university in London. However, the program is very disappointing as it was not very structured and there are a lot of overlapping courses. Besides, the teaching quality is very bad. Although there are a lot of professors from well-known universities like Harvard – it does not guarantee how they deliver the sessions. It was very disappointing.View more
Although the work load can be intense at times, it offered many interesting readings and proposed me with good intellectual challenges that I have thoroughly benefited. I liked the fact that in the second year, you have a chance to select modules of your interest. At this stage, you can tailor your degree to fit your interests and start make your degree more unique! LSE has a resourceful career service, which provides help for interview and C.V. in general, as well as, a network of alumni that interacts closely with the university.View more
I chose LSE to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I don’t regret it. Everyone told me that I’d be better suited to an university with a friendlier student body and more activities with which I could get involved. Sure, at first, it took time to settle in, but when everyone is new to LSE, we’re all in it together and eager to meet new people (especially in the first few weeks, so make good use of that). If you’re someone who wants to be involved in student life, there are opportunities to join as many societies and clubs as you’d like and you’ll be meeting others who are equally interested. On the other hand, if you’re someone who wants to focus on your degree, you can do that too. For instance, a friend who did an exchange year described the students as “ambitious”, with many being career-driven. How you choose to spend your few years at university is up to you. (However since there is this flexibility, I’ve heard some express their frustration of the lack of unity amongst the entire student body.) Remember – even if you don’t meet “your people” in the first week, or the first year even, continue making the effort and you’ll find people you click with eventually. What I will say about internationality is that the student body itself is diverse, but there does not seem to be much effort made amongst the students to mingle.
In terms of academics, I can only speak about the law department. The teaching is of a high standard. The professors and teachers know their material well, and are eager to help you so you should make use of office hours. Amongst the law students, there is definitely a push towards commercial law and it is easy to get swept up in all of that. If that is the route you’re interested in, getting career advice from older students seems to be more practical than the careers service. There are less opportunities for you to be introduced to other career paths (i.e. ones that you would not have thought of), so it’s more on you to search for them yourself.
On the whole, I’m enjoying my time thus far. The ride has not been without its bumps, but it’s all a learning experience! If you want to immerse yourself in an environment which pushes you to be independent and meet ambitious, intelligent individuals, check out LSE.View more
LSE is an amazing experience. It transformed me into a different, more mature individual and taught me lessons that would be beneficial throughout my career. I would definitely recommend the use of LSE’s library and its facilities in particular due to the immense helpView more
The uni has a very good location, range of students from different backgrounds and nationalities. Large choice of societies and student bodies as well as a challenging and intellectually stimulating academic focusView more
The university prepares its students well for a professional career by sharpening the analytical ability and increases intellectual wellness by providing a platform to engage and interact with world leaders. A recommendation would be to actively encourage and support entrepreneurship through study programmes, funding, networking and working spaces.View more
Currently at the end of my second year, I have a love-hate relationship with LSE.
I came to LSE with high hopes. I knew that the social life there is widely known to be non-existant, but I figured, it’s what you make of it! And it only takes a few meaningful encounters to kickstart your social life.
I quickly found that meeting people at LSE is not easy, although it does depend a lot on the effort you put in. One huge factor is the hall you’re in during your first year – I didn’t take my choice of hall seriously enough as I didn’t think it would have a huge impact. But it really does. Do your research on which halls are more social (spoiler: Bankside) and which you should avoid if you really want to spend your daily life with people. This is super important if you’re considering going to LSE. I found myself held back by the hall I was in (Northumberland House) and its tragic lack of any social life. Thankfully, I came to London with close friends in other London unis, so I wasn’t alone, and I did meet some very close friends both in my hall and on campus. But finding LSE people is harder when you don’t share much except maybe a class or a society.
The thing with LSE is that there is no sense of community. And that is true whether you have a good experience or not. There is no sense of belonging, as there is in most other unis. That’s not the end of the world as long as you find your place at uni, friend-wise and also activity-wise. It is super important to get involved in one or two societies, as that really ties you to uni life and avoids you getting completely disconnected from it.
What made me choose LSE over my other options was undeniably its reputation. This will not fail you if you choose to go to LSE – it will open doors for sure, wherever you want to go. Its reputation is based on the genuine level of the courses. The expectations are high, and almost all degrees have a strong quantitative aspect. The quality of the teaching itself is ambiguous, and depends a lot on the lecturers and TAs – in any case your independent study will be the defining factor so you need to be able to work independently and put in the hours. But that’s true for the UK system as a whole.
Overall I have felt very stimulated here and I have enjoyed my degree (PPE). I would definitely recommend it even though it’s 4 years. You just need to come prepared to pour a lot of effort and friendliness into your social life, especially at the beginning. But if you’re lucky you’ll meet the right people right away and then you can expect a great experience. I just think it’s good to be aware before you start, and not expect a sense of belonging or community because you won’t find one here.
I would recommend LSE for the opportunities that it will give you, for the vibrancy of its location, and for the intellectual level of people here – you will find your people if you choose the right hall and if you get involved from the start!
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– Really expensive for international students – but all UK universities are like this
– A good investment especially if you want to go into commercial law / any corporate or financial sector
– Not great if you don’t want to go into commercial law – support for non-commercial law could be greatly improved. That being said, an LSE law degree could give you the prestige needed to move between sectors.