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  • Wed 20 Jul 2016 11:39

    I’m a student who lives at home with my family, and one of my reservations about starting at LSE was that where I lived would affect my social life and that all-round ‘university experience.’ I found that my experience is different in some ways - but not as many as you might think.

    As with many of the London universities, LSE does not have that quintessential campus vibe - all paths across rolling greens, hall quads, etc. However, since our city-street campus is quite compact, it’s easy to clue yourself up with what’s going on.

    Naturally, the experience of living at home is not the same as living in halls. How does it work for those of us who skip the halls experience? I’ve found that it all boils down to embracing new avenues, finding your feet and making the most of what LSE has to offer. Here are my tips for making your uni life work for those living with their families…

    1. Socialising

    You don’t have to be in halls to meet great people - here are ways to do this on your terms.

    During Welcome Week put your enthusiasm into the Students’ Union socials, excursions and parties that will connect you up with your coursemates. It’s a friendly time and your relatively expert knowledge of London life will make you an in-demand conversationalist.

    After Welcome Week There are many societies and sports clubs listed on the Students’ Union website that may spark your interest, and many will run Give It A Go taster sessions for you to come along to in the first weeks of term. Learn a new skill (try Beekeeping, Baking or Digital Arts), develop an existing one (like Cricket, Dance, Music), and link up with existing communities (for example African-Caribbean Society, Entrepreneurs, Christian Union). Or cut to the chase and join the new Home Students Society, for everyone living at home.

    When the workload kicks in If you feel like hibernating in the comfort of your home in order to deal with deadlines…don’t worry. You’ll feel temporarily disconnected from campus life - but every student goes through this, regardless of where they live!

    Pro-tip If, like me, you are an introvert, I’d say taking the plunge and putting yourself out there will be worth it in the end. If you see something you like on the Students’ Union What’s On calendar - just go for it. Everyone is in the same boat, so embrace the chance to meet tonnes of amazing people that the LSE brings together from different walks of life and every corner of the world!

    2. The commute

    Approaching the end of the Michaelmas term during my first year at the LSE, I found that my commute to university was quite time consuming. Nonetheless, the commute can actually be a useful and productive time. You could use it as an opportunity to get some readings in - for example, LSE100 texts or readings from your core modules.

    With that said, know that, it’s okay to have a break - be productive when it’s time to get your work in and relax when you need to. A sort of ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy!

    3. Home/School balance

    I’ve found that keeping my focus on work whilst at home requires a lot of discipline - an important skill at university in general. But even though family life may distract you, you can be clear with them about what you need. Set some boundaries, and get organised - for example, flag key dates and deadlines. Familiarise yourself with the term structure, as well as the exam season and organise your study around these key dates.

    Make use of LSE’s facilities to change up the scene a little. There’s the library, in addition to department-specific study areas. There are also many support systems in place such as your academic advisers and student counselling services, should you need them.

    Finally…

    There are loads of ways for you to experience all the things you expected from university life at LSE. The academic side may be intense, but LSE is also home to the UK’s oldest Students’ Union, which is set up with your needs and concerns at the heart of its agenda. They provide students with academic advice, representation structures within courses and the School, and a lot of fun society and club events.

    In my time at LSE, I’ve learned it’s all about striking the right balance. Ultimately, you control what your time here will amount to, so remember to utilise the services available, network with others, and have a great time!

    • Find out more about the Students’ Union here
    • See what is lined up for freshers week on the LSESU What’s on page  
  • Tue 12 Jul 2016 18:18


    A former LSE postgrad student shares her unbiased knowledge of LSE’s postgraduate halls, their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. 

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    Butler’s Wharf

    Overview: A modern halls of residence, Butler’s Wharf is made up of 46 self-contained flats, each with their own shared kitchen, living room, bathroom, showers and toilets. In your room you’ll get a personal washbasin, and you will share a flat with five other people (six of you in total).

    Why? Price. Butler’s Wharf is the cheapest postgraduate hall, with single rooms starting at £134 a week. Still not that cheap, but what did you expect from living in London? You can also stay at Butler’s Wharf throughout the summer, which is something to consider if you’d like to do a full 12 months in London. Other halls use the summer to house summer schools and conferences.

    Why not? If you like your privacy, there is no option to have your own en-suite bathroom at Butler’s Wharf. The room sizes are some of the smallest you’ll get at the LSE, and you’ll have to get the tube (subway/underground for you international students!) to the LSE if you want your journey to be under half an hour. Walking, it’s around 45 minutes from door to door.

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    Grosvenor House

    Overview: A beautiful old Victorian building, Grosvenor House offers a range of accommodation minutes walk from campus. All the rooms are self-contained, with a private toilet, shower facilities and a mini-kitchen in each. In the middle of central London, Grosvenor House is close to Oxford Street, Coven Garden, Soho and Leister Square.

    Why? It’s beautiful, you get your own shower and you can wake up fifteen minutes before your lecture (and pop into some shops along the way!). There are a range of room types and prices, depending on whether you’d like a room to yourself, you’re in a couple or would like to have a roommate. The rooms are comparatively large, but bear in mind you’ve got a mini-kitchen in there with you!

    Why not? The location might not be for everyone. You can’t live more centrally in London, and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city is near impossible. You’re also paying a lot for the location too, single studios starting at £266 per week, climbing steeply upwards to one bed flats for couples at £509 per week.

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    Lilian Knowles

    Overview: Lilian Knowles is situated in trendy East London, close to many bars, boutiques and fancy food markets. It’s got a range of room types, with some single studios/one bedroom flats but the majority of rooms grouped into flats very similar to those in Butler’s Wharf. It’s well connected with Liverpool St station having trains that run out of the city every few minutes.

    Why? If you are a fan of craft beer and alternative music nights, East London is the place for you. Home to some of the best clubs and bars in London, Shoreditch is a whirlwind of independent record shops, artisan cafes and outrageous hairstyles. It’s a little further from campus than some of the other halls, but you can still walk to the LSE in about 30-40 minutes. The rooms are on the cheaper end of the spectrum too.

    Why not? The room sizes vary, a lot. You also can’t really be sure whether you’ll end up with a bigger or smaller room, as price is depends on factors such as location within the building, available natural light, or how close it is to shared facilities. A single room can be as small as 8 square meters, which for £147 a week is around £18 per square meter!

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    Sidney Webb

    Overview: Located near Borough market (pronounced buh-ruh) on the south side of the Thames, Sidney Webb is a fairly new accommodation that houses flats with between six to eight rooms. The flats share a kitchen/dining room, with each room having a private toilet and shower. It’s one of the biggest LSE has to offer, housing 454 graduate students.

    Why? Sidney Webb is a social hall which has many communal events and nights. You have the option of extending your contract through summer here, and are automatically covered for Easter and Christmas vacations. Borough market is a foodie’s paradise, with freshly baked goods, meat and dairy available daily. If you walk quickly, you can get to LSE on foot in under half an hour.

    Why not? There’s no option to share a room at Sidney Webb. Also, while the active sociable lifestyle might be fine for some, if you’re less social butterfly and more study mad Sidney Webb might not be for you. Also, while Borough market is full of deliciousness, it’s pretty pricey and can be a horrible unaffordable temptation right on your doorstep!


    By Antonia Jennings - LSE Politics and Communications MA 2015


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  • Fri 08 Jul 2016 12:07


    It goes without saying that LSE exam results are the accumulation of a lot of hard work, and dealing with an unexpected result is highly distressing. If you feel something is amiss with your marks, our Advice team can help you.

    You can book an appointment with us, or learn more about the appeals process before deciding what actions are available to you. It’s useful to bear in mind that students can appeal:

    1. A final degree classification
    2. A decision not to award to a degree (or a ‘Final Fail’)
    3. An individual mark or grade of Absent, Incomplete or Fail.

    If you don’t meet these criteria but feel there is an issue with your mark then you could still submit an appeal, explaining clearly why you feel the Assessment Regulations Team should consider it.

    Be warned though - there is no guarantee that this will be accepted. The following are the grounds that you may appeal on:

    a) That the examination board did not follow the correct procedure such that there is reasonable doubt that the decision would have been the same if the board had followed the correct procedure (Paragraph 6.1 of the appeals regulations); and/or

    b) There is new information about exceptional (mitigating) circumstances that affected the examination outcome (Paragraph 6.2 of the appeals regulations).

    If you are appealing on the grounds of exceptional circumstances then you will require evidence, including evidence of why you did not submit an exceptional circumstances claim at the appropriate time.

    If you are appealing your final classification for this reason the School will also be looking at  whether your mark profile fits within their criteria. You can find more information within their guidance document.

    It’s not possible to appeal academic judgement - so you can’t request a higher mark based on the fact that you feel you deserved a better grade. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to request an administrative mark check, which costs £10. If your results were released in July then you have until the 22nd July to do this.

    Appeals must be submitted via an appeal submission form (along with supporting evidence) to ssc.appeals@lse.ac.uk). within ten working days of the publication of results. So act quickly in order to ensure you don’t miss your deadline.

    Find your specific deadline, as well as further guidance and the appeal submission form, on the School’s website.

    Our Advice Service can provide support and guidance on appealing and so do get in touch if you would like to discuss your case. 

    You are more than your degree. So whether you’re celebrating or commiserating, don’t forget that that employers look for things other than a perfect transcript. But if your results are getting you down and you want to talk to someone in confidence, the Counselling Service may be able to help.

    Book an appointment: lsesu.com/advice

    More information: lsesu.com/advice