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So results are in, everyone’s getting ready to come to LSE, and there are loads of questions about what your first week will look like. We have got tonnes of events going on during your Orientation to get you to meet people, get to know the best city in the world, and make a whole load of memories.
So what’s on?!
For those of you who like dancing, clubbing, and late nights, we have the RAG BAND. £25 gets you exclusive access to FOUR nights during Orientation, including the SU Welcome Party on the Monday.
Do I need to buy it now?
YES!!! It is close to selling out, so don’t delay getting your band!!
What is RAG?
The most fun society on campus! They arrange treks, hitchhikes, and more for charity, so like their FB page www.facebook.com/lsesurag
The RAG band IS for you too, but we have an exclusive Mexican themed mixer on the Tuesday of Orientation. Again, this is always a sell out, so get your tickets ASAP.
We are just finalising the details of even MORE events, but if you don’t drink alcohol we will have stuff on for you!
If you are living at home then please join us at a Students Living @ Home social:
In the run up to Orientation, make sure you’re checking our website www.lsesu.com and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lsesu for all the latest information on what you should be bringing to start your new LSE life!!
Nona Buckley-IrvineLSESU Gen Sec@nonajasmine
If you’re new to London, getting around can be confusing and intimidating. Don’t sweat it! You’ll get used to things really quickly. In the meantime, the tips below should get you up to speed this side of September.
1. Get an Oyster card
This can be used on buses, the tube and some other services. It will save you time and money, especially if you link it to your bank account to instantly top itself up when you’re running low on credit. Find out how.
2. Plan your journey
Use the TfL website to plan journeys around London. This will let you know the quickest route and how long it takes. For train journeys outside of London, use National Rail or thetrainline. Another handy website and app is Citymapper (the ‘get me home’ button can be particularly useful).
3. Sometimes walking is best
With heavy traffic in central London sometimes walking is your best bet. Use Google Maps to find your way around, and check out this helpful guide of stations that are quicker to walk between than to take the tube. It might surprise you!
4. Student rates
Oyster cards are London’s public transport payment system, and as a student at LSE you’re eligible for a student one. (Translation: discount!) If you use a bus, train or tube every day that could save you lots of money - but be careful: if you don’t use it frequently, you might be better off without one. You can use the info on the LSE website to decide what’s best for you.
5. Know where you’re going!
Even the most seasoned of Londoners get lost when they’re walking around. Don’t worry if it happens to you. Just check where you’re going carefully before you leave, and if you suspect you won’t be able to get online and might get lost, try saving your map via Google maps.
One of the things I love the most about LSE is our awesome campus. We’ve been on the site for over a hundred years - and you can tell: there are so many old buildings jostling amongst the new ones. And a walk a round campus isn’t miles off a walk a round a safari park - there are loads of animal statues that pop out at you. That’s us: making every day a touch more surreal…
The statues were installed in 2006 as a gift from Canadian businessman and LSE alumnus Louis Odette. There are 10 in total: an elephant, an eagle, a tiger, a penguin and a horse (of sorts), as well as five surrealist and human statues, like the one of Mother Theresa above.
Given that we seem to have a penchant for animal statues, and that our mascot is a beaver, one thing you might be looking for is a beaver statue… Well, you’ll be looking for a while. He gone!
In 1922 an authentically shaggy-looking beaver was installed when the School’s motto was established. He presided over the territory until at least 1925, but sadly after that nobody knows that happened to him. He seems to have been lost to the mists of time…
My bet is that he’s roaming wild on Hampstead Heath – although admittedly that’s unlikely. A while ago our top investigator looked into the beaver and its history – take a look at her thoughts.
We also have an amazing history blog, if you want to know more.
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