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4 College Junior

Administration: 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 Senior

Administration: Relaxed Policies – The campus is quite relaxed, especially considering it is in central London. There are a few drinking establishments on campus, and students can drink freely on the sidewalk areas outside these pubs. It is rare to see police on campus and security personel are present, though rarely caution students for noise or other infractions. Residences have a strict policy on drug use, but are otherwise fairly relaxed on drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Somewhat Strict – If you don't turn up to classes you will get barred from the exams. Fail two exams and you're out of here. Quite strict but I know many people who skip classes and never go to lectures and don't get picked up. In the UK you only have to be 18 to drink so that's all fine, drug abuse would not be tolerated.

4 College Senior

Administration: Students usually have 8-10 hours of lectures/classes a week (and only the classes are compulsory). Teachers are usually pretty comprehensive when it comes to missing classes due to sickness or other legitimate reasons. Overall if the students are constant with their work/attendance, teachers are fairly lenient and eager to help.


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Since students live in various dormitories around London but go to class at the University's centrally located campus, it is important to note that "school strictness" takes on two distinct forms: academic strictness and dormitory strictness. All this means is that the rules the University implements apply either to dorm life or to academic life—and the two do not overlap. The drinking age in the United Kingdom is 18, so most of the students at LSE can drink in the pubs and clubs around London. This means that drinking largely takes place outside of the dorms. As a result, there is far less conflict than there would be if the school had to regulate drinking inside of the dorms. That being said, if students act wildly in the dorms (setting off fire alarms, being loud during quiet hours, taking showers in the middle of the night), they will be punished accordingly—preventing responsible students from behaving responsibly is taken very seriously.

The LSE is a place where students have to be extremely self-motivated to succeed, and this idea carries over into the school's academic policies. Every class a student enrolls in usually requires one hour of lecture and one hour of class per week. For the lectures, attendance is never taken, so students will not be penalized in the slightest. In the classes, attendance is taken, but students will only face a penalty if they are continuously absent from class. This penalty, however, will only take the form of an awkward talk with your adviser in which he or she says, "You really should go to class," and you reply, "I know." The catch is that if you don't go to class or lecture, you are far more likely to perform poorly on your final exam, and if you fail two exams in a single year, you are kicked out for good!

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Eating in the library
  • Urinating in public after drinking
  • Using drugs
  • Violating noise regulations

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 9 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 56% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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