The academic facilities at LSE are truly impressive. When you walk through campus under the elevated walkways and grand building entrances, it is hard not to be a little in awe. Every building is meticulously well-kept, and every classroom is state-of-the-art, equipped with a projector, screen, whiteboard, computer, and video-taping system. If a teacher ever has a problem with any of the equipment, he or she picks up a landline located in every classroom and dials IT services. They arrive within minutes and fix the problem. This just goes to show that what is so impressive about the LSE campus is not merely its buildings, but rather the level of care that goes into keeping the technological systems functioning—for it is these technological systems that in turn keep the University functioning.
The most impressive building on campus is without a doubt the British Library of Political and Economic Science—the largest in the United Kingdom devoted to these areas of study. There is a beautiful Guggenheimian spiral staircase reaching to the sixth floor of the library, taking students to more than 1,700 study spaces. Students can check out, return, and pay fines for books without ever having to utter a single word to the librarian—it is truly a well-oiled machine. The athletic facilities, on the other hand, are almost not worth mentioning. The gym is small and constantly overcrowded. The basketball court could double for a walk-in closet. This goes without saying, however. The LSE has not professed to be a place where students can better themselves physically.