London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 3rd out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: LSE was founded in 1895 by four Fabians: Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw, for 'the betterment of society' through the study of poverty and inequality. In 1902 the school moved formally to its present site, and in May 1920 King George V laid the foundation stone of the Old Building.

Address: Located smack bang in the heart of London, between the Strand and the beginning of Fleet Street.

Ambience: Forget the cramped site and feel the intellectual buzz as LSE is an international powerhouse. Where there were cruddy buildings, you will now find a fantastic new Foster-designed £30m library, a new research laboratory, a student services centre and the new Plaza café. LSE's eco-friendly £71m academic building was opened by The Queen in 2008. It provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including four lecture theatres, classrooms and academic offices spread over eight floors.

Who's the boss? Professor Craig Calhoun took up his post as director in September 2012.

Prospectus: 020 7955 6613 or download it here.

UCAS code: L72

What you need to know

Easy to get into? No. LSE does not use the UCAS points system. Entry requirements range from A*AA to AAB at A-level. New effort is being made to recruit disadvantaged youths from state schools in London through Saturday and summer school schemes with help from external funds. See here for more details on entry requirements.

Vital statistics: LSE has over 9,700 full-time students. Around two thirds of the student population is international and over 100 languages are spoken on the campus. LSE is one of 24 Russell Group universities, dedicated to the highest levels of academic excellence.

Added value: Academics interact with the worlds of politics, business and industry. Houses 19 research centres and institutes at LSE (not including departments), such as the Grantham Research Institute on climate change economics and policy and the new International Growth Centre, which helps developing countries strengthen their economies.

Teaching: Ranked 62nd out of 123 in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: Ranked 21st with 76.4% of graduates entering full-time employment upon leaving.

Any accommodation? Yes, in a big way. Nearly 4000 places are allocated across 20 sites but weekly costs start at £91.70. Plenty of options available, have a look here.

Cheap to live there? Nope – it's London. Private rents start from at least £100 per week.

Transport links: Excellent. London is an international hub and LSE is right in the centre.

Fees: £9,000, but LSE offers generous bursaries of up to £4,000 for students in receipt of a grant.

Bursaries: Click here for an A-Z of the organisations offering potential financial help. The LSE Graduate Financial Support application is now closed. No further applications for 2014 funding can be made. See here for more information.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Has the Peacock Theatre, a cinema and several clubs. Pubs include the Underground for its Friday night discos and the popular Three Tuns, which hosts a weekly comedy night. Being London, students never lack somewhere to let their hair down.

Price of a pint: £3.65 based on a city-wide average.

Sporting reputation: Placed mid-way down the BUCS league at 64th.

Notable societies: If you're fond of Greek dips look no further than the Hummous Society or if lager and beer are more you thing, try Lara- the Lagar and Real Ale Society for pub crawls, brewery tours and their very own beer festival.

Glittering alumni: 31 members of today's House of Commons and 42 members of the House of Lords; 34 current or former heads of state, including John F. Kennedy; 16 Nobel Prize winners; Lord Saatchi, advertising baron; Mick Jagger; DJ Judge Jules.

Alternative prospectus: You can read the Students' Union blog here.

 

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
life
News
news

The party's potential nominations read like a high school race for student body president

Voices
A mother and her child
voices
Voices
The veterans Mark Hayward, Hugh Thompson and Sean Staines (back) with Grayson Perry (front left) and Evgeny Lebedev
charity appealMaverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Arts and Entertainment
Cold case: Aaron McCusker and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvReview: Sky Atlantic's ambitious new series Fortitude has begun with a feature-length special
Voices
Three people wearing masks depicting Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg
voicesPolitics is in the gutter – but there is an alternative, says Nigel Farage
News
i100
News
people
Sport
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
footballI have never seen the point of lambasting the fourth official, writes Paul Scholes
Life and Style
Vote green: Benoit Berenger at The Duke of Cambridge in London's Islington
food + drinkBanishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turn over a new leaf
News
Joel Grey (left) poses next to a poster featuring his character in the film
peopleActor Joel Grey comes out at 82

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee