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
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.
LSE varies in what it is successful in. The research done by academics is good and it has an excellent international reputation. However, the teaching in earlier years is often of low quality. Researched focused academics may not see the need to teach first years well and this is reflected in the breadth of the course content (particularly economics) and the exam papers. The sports facilities are also poor and international students particularly often have mental health issues.View more
I like/would recommend this university for the following reasons:
– Good variety of courses with interesting content and an emphasis on both academic and practical perspectives;
– Great teachers who know their subject well and who are usually able to assist further in office hours (some are particularly good in this respect);
– Modern, attractive campus buildings, including the newly opened Central Building; and
– Good career prospects on account of: (a) the university’s reputation; (b) the numerous careers events various firms stage on campus (or at their offices, usually very close to the campus); and (c) the extensive careers advice options.View more
Very good uni, academically excellent. My course (philosophy) is intellectually stimulating and challenging. A key facet of the social life is halls, so make sure you do lots of research into which halls you go to.View more
My LSE experience has had its good and bad. However, overall I would recommend this university. The academic staff is one of the best you can find here. It’s also better if you know beforehand that studies will be very rigorous, especially for the amount of contact time we have. There is a lot of self study involved, but you can get help if you look for the resources. At the end of the day, studying at LSE doesn’t guarantee you a job but definitely helps with the career prospects.View more
Access to resources via the library is substantial and easy to navigate. There are lots of online as well as physical materials one can use for their studies which go beyond the reading list provided by your course tutor and it is extremely helpful when writing essays as it can give you and edge not found within course reading lists. Furthermore, the library staff are always on hand to help if you are confused with the cataloguing system etc and so are course tutors. Whilst you may find yourself worried or apprehensive to approach tutors or lecturers from your course, LSE provides an atmosphere in which one can do this on an equal and respectable level playing field. No tutor I have encountered has even been arrogant or scary etc which is often the worries of people coming into higher education. I think overall LSE provides a friendly and approachable environment in which one can learn.View more
I really enjoyed my time at LSE – academically it was great, however, it’s definitely not a typical “student experience” but I think that’s down to living in London. Having said that, I met some really interesting people from all over the world.View more