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3 College Junior

Athletics: Being an active member of the Rowing Team, my experience of the LSE Athletic Union is great: we have the chance to practice on one of the most illustrious tideways in the world.

However, at LSE, the AU is what you make of it: the more you give the more you get. Trainings can be demanding, particularly with the academic demands.

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.

5 College Senior

Athletics: All Sorts of Sports – Many different sports people including basketball football rugby, basically everything.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not Like American College Sports. The sports at universities in the UK are much different. They aren't well-funded, broadly attended or advertised as a social activity (for spectators) like they are in the United States. College sports are much less like official school teams at American universities and more like club sports. That being said each club (for each sports) has very competitive teams and recreational teams within them.


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Athletics at LSE exist entirely on a club or intramural level. In other words, there are no students on campus who have been recruited to come play a particular sport. Students are accepted to the University based on their academic successes and not for their athletic abilities. It is, therefore, the case that there does not exist much school spirit when it comes to athletics. You would be hard-pressed to find a student walking around campus who knows how well any sports team is doing because it is unlikely that any student would ever go to a game played by a team that he or she is not an active participant of. This makes sense because the LSE does not have any athletic facilities of its own that are worth mentioning, and without a home arena, it is extremely difficult to develop any sort of school spirit in regards to sports.

That being said, if you want to play a sport at LSE—any sport—it is extremely easy to do so. The Students' Union organizes all of the athletics, and they provide a team for almost every sport you could think of—from billiards to snowboarding. The sports teams at LSE are part of an intramural league that includes many of the other universities in and around London who operate their athletics in the same way. In relation to the other universities, however, the LSE does quite well. Since so many students at the LSE are very self-disciplined when it comes to their academics, they are also disciplined when it comes to athletics. This self-discipline is essential for athletic success at LSE. There is never a coach telling you what do, and there is no athletic requirement to graduate. Any athletic success will have to be achieved on your own.

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Most Overlooked Teams
Basketball, lacrosse, swimming

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 20% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 20% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 60% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 10% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 10% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 60% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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