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  • Mon 26 Jan 2015 10:00

    LSE is long overdue a rent guarantor scheme for its students. Throughout this year I’ve been lobbying for the scheme to be put in place, to make renting in London that much easier. If we pass this this Thursday at Finance Committee, this will be a huge win.

    But what exactly is it?

    When renting, your landlord will require that you have a ‘guarantor’. This is someone who signs a bit of paper confirming that they will pay your rent should you run into financial difficulty and not be able to do so yourself.

    It’s just signing a bit of paper?

    The guarantor has to be based in the UK, which for many international students just isn’t possible. In that case, the landlord will ask for up to six months rent in advance. That too, for many international students just isn’t possible - we’re talking thousands and thousands of pounds to be paid up front in one go.

    UK students face some different issues. Many landlords require your guarantor to have a certain amount of income each year. The threshold can be set so high that it excludes students whose parents earn less. Then these students face a similar option to international students - pay 6 months up front, or don’t rent.

    So what does the rent guarantor scheme do?

    I’ve been lobbying for a rent guarantor scheme to be put in place, similar to one that UCL runs.

    What it means is that if you don’t have the means to secure a guarantor, LSE will act as the guarantor on your behalf. Obviously there are levels of financial risk that they take on board with this, which is why they only take students who have been at LSE for over a year, and will have a credit history.

    This will enable students without guarantors to rent and live in London. This is even more pressing considering that LSE accommodation is at capacity and so there are few opportunities for LSE students to live in halls should they not be able to rent.

    When’s this happening?

     29th January is the first Lent Term Finance Committee. We will get it passed (and if not, there’ll be trouble).


    Nona x

  • Sun 25 Jan 2015 19:14

    What’s the best way of feeling better AND being more productive? Doing more exercise!

    Next week we’re holding loads of drop-in sports sessions so you can see what suits you. Read on to find out what’s on offer!

    Head to the Active LifeStylE Facebook page for locations and updates!

    Monday 26th January

    • Recreational Badminton | Finsbury Leisure Centre |4-6pm
    • Beginners’ Golf | Urban Golf Soho | 5-6pm
    • Beginners’ Yoga | Badminton Court, LSE | 5.30-7pm
    • Running Group | Meet at Runners’ Need Holborn6pm

    Tuesday 27th January

    • Boot Camp | Lincoln’s Inn Fields / LSE badminton court (see Facebook for details) 7.30-8.30am
    • Beginners’ Yoga | LSE Badminton Court | 2-3pm
    • Swimming: Beginners and Improvers) | Pancras Square Leisure | 8.15-9.15pm


    Wednesday 28th January

    • Beginners’ Golf | Urban Golf Soho | 1-2pm
    • 5-a-side Football League | Powerleague Shoreditch | 1.30-5.30pm
    • Staff/Student Dodgeball Tournament | LSE Badminton Court | 1-4pm
    • Zumba Taster | LSE Old Gym | 12-1pm

    Thursday 29th January

    • Golf Skills Session | Meet outside LSE Library | 12.30-1.30pm


    Friday 30th January

    • Belly Dancing | LSE Old Gym | 12-1pm
    • Fencing Taster | The Venue, SSH | 1.30-3.30pm
    • 5-a-side Football | Powerleague, Shoreditch | 6-8pm

    Everyone’s welcome to turn up to the classes to find out more, no matter what your level of expertise. If you want clarification about anything though, write to j.ralph @lse.ac.uk or message Candace Gowler or Teddy Woodhouse.

    For news about new sessions and exclusive offers, sign up to the Active LifeStylE newsletter!

    See also:

    Top 3 Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Good

    Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Active LifeStylE

    Start Lent Term the Right Way

  • Sun 25 Jan 2015 17:07

    Tour London’s East End and meet other international students with StudentUniverse and The Abroad Guide!


    Student Universe are holding a FREE event on Wednesday (28th January) - starting with a tour of the East End, and ending with an international student social. Click here to book a place!

    Undiscovered London Tour

    • We’ll kick off the event with a two-hour tour of East London with Undiscovered London - with a 98% thumbs-up rating on TripAdvisor, we know you’ll love it!
    • You’ll be guided around the area to see the best street art, learn about the neighbourhood’s vibrant history, and more. This is not your typical tour of London… 


    Social - plus free drinks

    • After the tour, we’ll meet at the 6th Floor Cafe at LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre for a chance to hang out and meet other study abroad students. Every ticket includes two complimentary drinks (beer or wine)!


    • During the day they’ll also be giving away some prizes, including free trips with student travel company Bus2alps and tickets for the infamous Camden Pub Crawl.

    Where and when?

    • The tour will start at Liverpool Street Station, time and exact location will be confirmed to ticket holders. You’ll take the tube as a group to LSE afterwards - or you can make your own way there.

    On Twitter

    • See who else is coming along by using the hashtag #LondonStudentMeetup on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to invite your friends along for a free tour and free drinks!

    Book a place

    Click here to book a place!