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Reviews 98 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: It is really easy to receive financial aid at LSE, the school does not hassle you much.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The classrooms and academic buildings at LSE are top notch. The athletic facilities are not. The LSE gym is constantly overcrowded and aside from the gym, the university does not even provide any other athletic facilities to speak of. I understand that most students are not athletes but the LSE has to do better.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – It seems as though there is a student from every country at LSE. It would be hard to even say what a typical LSE student looks like because there are so many ethnicities represented. That being said, there are a lot of Asian and Indian students.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – LSE is not a very strict school, probably because the student don't do really stupid things. I have only heard of a few occasions when severe disciplinary action was taken

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Wright's Bar – Although there are many places to eat on campus the best place to grab lunch is the independently owned Wright's Bar. The sandwiches and hamburgers don't cost much and the people who work there are very friendly. Just make sure to get there before class gets out at lunch time or the line will be down the block!

3 College Junior

Academics: The Class Teachers Are Most Helpful – Although the professors at LSE are extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and the material, they will not help student much outside of lectures. Therefore, to really understand what is going on in class students have to rely on their class teachers, who are usually Phd candidates. This being said, the class teachers are eager and able to help.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Caffeine Is the Biggest Drug – Some people do drugs when they go to clubs but for the most part the student body is focused on studying and not drug use.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Some Crime in London – Campus is very safe but the city of London can be dangerous. I have heard of people getting mugged in the city, especially late at night when drinking is involved. The university can't do much when it comes to protecting students when they are out in London

1 College Junior

Weather: Could It Rain More? It rains all the time: drizzle, heavy downpour, or slight misting. When it's not raining it's cloudy. It can be depressing if you aren't used to it.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Most people in London are very friendly, especially to students.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Lunch Places – There are a lot of good places to get lunch very near campus.

2 College Senior

Computers: In the library and the other computer labs on campus it is often difficult to find an available computer. It is therefore necessary for students to have a personal computer if they wish to get work done consistently.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am in the Economic History department and have been very pleased with the courses offered and the professors teaching them. Sometimes I wish I took more classes outside of my department, but EH by itself is terrific.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: The only Greek life at LSE is lived by Greek students

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Smart but Not Attractive – The guys at LSE are intellectual and interesting, but for the most part are not very good looking. It is also almost impossible to say what the 'average' guy looks like at LSE because the student body is so diverse. There are always a few that stand out of the crowd, however.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment in London Are Expensive – Just like everything else in London, apartments are very expensive and often hard to find. Most flats that students rent are far away from campus and require a good connection to find.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The tube and the bus are the best way to get around. Take the tube if you are going longer distances and take the bus for shorter distances. The tube is very efficient as long as it isn't during the two rush hours every day. Just make sure you check online for line closures before you leave!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing Varies in Quality – The LSE has numerous housing options around London and they are all different. Generally speaking it is most desirable to live as close to campus as possible. The masters students have first preference when it comes to housing. The larger dorms are usually of higher quality but the smaller dorms often have a more tight-knit group of students. Overall there is no way to generalize.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Library Is Too Crowded – All of the academic facilities at the LSE are in top form, but the school is in desperate need of a second library. There are often times when you try to go study, especially during exam periods, and will not be able to find a single place to sit. The library itself is fantastic but more seating has to be available to suit students needs.

3 College Senior

Athletics: A Club for Every Sport – If there is a sport you want to play, the student union provides a club for it. It is easy for students - even those who are not very athletic - to make it on a sports team. Certain clubs, like the football club for obvious reason, are much more competitive than the rest. Although there is a great variety of sports teams, the school does not provide facilities, and that often makes it difficult to carry out practices.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurant scene in London is world renowned but students on a strict budget rarely have access to it. Therefore the trick is finding places that serve good food at a cheap price, which can be hard. Dining options around campus are good for lunch but not for dinner. Off-campus dining is also largely relative to housing, therefore it is hard to make general statements about the quality.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: London Is a Little Overwhelming – London is obviously a great city but if you haven't lived in a big city before it can be a little overwhelming. for the most part people are very friendly but the general pace of the city is very fast and can be hard to keep up with if you are not used to it

2 College Junior

Weather: It's London – It rains a lot in the fall - and by a lot I mean almost every day. Luckily the winters are short and the spring is beautiful.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Some People Do, Some People Don't – There is a select minority of students who use drugs heavily therefore there is certainly no pressure to use hard drugs. If you are nota drinker, however, you will be completely shunned from all social circles.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It's London – London is a fantastic city to party in. There are a wide variety of clubs all around town and a pub on every corner. The Student Union parties are great but after first year students go more off campus and find good places.


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Evan Reeves
New York City
English and Economics
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The LSE is a very hard school, and any student's experience will be largely defined by this fact. The two aspects of the LSE experience that make it so difficult are: the high level of academics and the lack of support from the school itself. In other words, not only are the classes extremely hard to begin with, but also any academic help has to be sought out on the part of the student. A student who has no problem actively seeking help and who is self-disciplined in completing course work will do very well at LSE. However, a student who needs to be motivated in order to succeed will not find that motivation from anyone in the teaching staff. Class teachers, and lecturers in particular, could not care less if you flunk all of your classes. Even though in many ways the LSE is a harsh place for many students, it is a fantastic preparation for the real world, where no one will hold your hand. The potential for students to do well at LSE has to be achieved on one's own, but that potential is essentially endless.

There are so many student clubs that, with a little effort and dedication, you can move up the ranks and hold an officer's position. In fact, being part of these clubs is the most direct way in which students can find a job after college. If you hold a position in one of the clubs—say the LSE SU Finance Society—then you are in a position to make direct connections with high-level employees of major banks. These connections can often directly lead to a job after college. The LSE is not a place where students can prolong their adolescence; it is a place where students have to grow up fast and get ready for the real world. The most successful students, who have the best experience at the LSE, are those who approach their time there as a step up the ladder toward success.

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