Nov 20 2014

Extra Study Space at Rosbery Hall

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As part of a wider discussion on how we can make our halls more welcoming, Rosebery residents raised the issue of lack of quiet study space at the hall.

To help improving the facilities for quiet study, we have opened one of the conference rooms as an additional temporary study place. The room is open until midnight and as you can see, our residents are making good use of it.

Everyone’s really pleased to have this space in addition to the computer room and the dining room (which is only available for study outside meal times, and can be noisy and bustling with activity at times), so that they don’t need to go all the way to the LSE Library to have a quiet place to study.

Rosa Gil
Front of House Manager at Rosebery Hall

Rosebery study space

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Nov 17 2014

Student Accommodation Team Stands Out For Graduate Open Day

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Over 900 visitors were drawn to LSE’s annual Graduate Open Evening on Wednesday 5 November 2014. A dedicated crew of students and staff members from across RCSD was ready at their stand in the New Academic Building to welcome and answer accommodation queries from prospective students and parents.

In spite of the cold and gloomy November evening, we enjoyed a warm response to our accommodation stand. Over the course of the evening, we answered approximately 50 detailed queries from prospective students who were keen to find out more about LSE’s accommodation options in the heart of London.

The team at the accommodation stand included Peer Supporter George Burton from Urbanest King’s Cross; Front of House Managers Rosa Gil of Rosebery Hall and Neil Lawrence of High Holborn; Professor Chandran Kukathas, Warden of High Holborn, Grosvenor House and Northumberland House; and Residential Services Office staff members Steffie Brader, Ashley Cory, Trevor Murtagh and Hannah Kearns.

The online 360 degree virtual tours of halls in particular proved a very valuable resource as the team were able to offer an instant visual demonstration of the School’s accommodation options.

Student Accommodation Team at LSE

Poised and Prepared – the Student Accommodation team before the rush

Interest was also running high in the new Urbanest accommodation at Westminster Bridge, which will include the added bonus of a swimming pool (!) when it opens in September 2015. More information will be available shortly on the accommodation webpage, or you can drop into the RSO and pick up a leaflet.

Top queries from the evening were:

  • What will the weekly fees be?
  • Are the halls cheaper than the private sector?
  • What are the chances I will be offered a place?
  • How close are the halls to LSE?
  • Are there graduate only halls or will there be a mix?
  • Is private housing something LSE can help with?

Interest from potential graduate students in the accommodation options that LSE can offer was high, underlining the fact that accommodation remains a key factor for students in the final decision of where they choose to study.

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who helped to prepare, set up or run the stand – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Volunteers wanted for March and July open days

If you would like to be involved in representing the division at a future open day, please do get in contact with the Residential Services Office.

The next scheduled events are the Undergraduate Open Days on Wednesday 25 March and Wednesday 1 July 2015 and the RSO will be looking for volunteers nearer these dates.

All are welcome, and it is a great way to meet colleagues from other teams, to learn about different operations in the division, and of course to talk directly to students on a one to one basis.

Lloyd Whittaker

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Nov 10 2014

Slender Lead for High Holborn – And Time’s Running Out for Social Media Ambassadors

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High Holborn continue to lead our social media competition, a title they have held for ten weeks straight.

Close behind though lies a ravenous chasing pack of Grosvenor House, Northumberland House and Passfield Hall, with just up to 34 overall additional likes separating them from the top slot. One positive surge from either could easily produce a new leader.

Grosvenor House enjoyed an exceptionally strong month with a league best of 55 new followers, that has propelled them into second place. If they can manage to keep up this rate throughout November, they could well be the new leader.

With just six weeks to go, this should make for a really exciting finish!

It’s not too late yet for Bankside House, Rosebery and Carr-Saunders Halls, but they need your help! Give them a boost and like their pages if you haven’t already.

League Table – Monday 3 November 9.30am

Hall Starting Followers Current Followers Overall Increase Monthly Increase
High Holborn 195 388 +193 +25
Grosvenor House 175 341 +169 +55
Northumberland House 271 432 +161 +11
Passfield Hall 114 273 +159 +8
Bankside House 292 406 +115 +18
Rosebery Hall 172 281 +109 +16
Carr-Saunders Hall 135 180 +45 +21
Overall 1353 2263 +951 +154

 Photo of the month

While we have received lots of excellent photos this month my personal favourite has to go to Rosebery Hall, who took this image to thank their guests that stayed with them over the vacation period!
 Rosebery Hall thank you

Nathan Palmer
Sales & Marketing team

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Oct 30 2014

We’ve Won. No. Everybody’s Won! Awards Galore At Post – GCC Event.

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Andy with the 'GCC- Oscar' and Elias with his personal 'Spirit of the Challenge' award.

Andy with the ‘GCC- Oscar’ and Elias with his personal ‘Spirit of the Challenge’ award.

Following a very enjoyable/sweaty/ inspiring/tiring 100 day Round the World Challenge, all 27 LSE teams who participated in the 2014 Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) were invited to a celebration event in the Saw Swee Hock Venue.

We were treated to a glass of wine (or fruit juice if you were still on a GCC-inspired health kick) and spent an enjoyable half hour being told by a representative from GCC HQ how brilliant we all were.

Here some LSE GCC key stats:

  • LSE came fourth, yes, you heard right, -fourth out of the 96 education establishments who took part globally (Yay!).
  • Together, LSE took 267,807,692 steps (Wow!).
  • We averaged 15,117 steps per day per person overall (The equivalent of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge 8 times a day EACH!).
  • Over the 100 days we stepped off a total of 10,798,006 calories (Which equates to 2,496 large burgers, 66,556 glasses of red wine or 43,054 slices of cake.  Hmmm, who’s hungry all of a sudden?!).
Spirit of the GCC Challenge

Winner of the highly desirable limited edition green PULSE.

Residential Services also featured heavily in the awards ceremony:

  • Four Residential Services teams were in the LSE top ten, coming in at second, fifth, sixth and ninth place (The notorious Rosebery Striders, Galaxy Trotters, On Top Of The World, and Team Trebert).
  • Residential Services was the Third Most Active Department.
  • Ibolya Trebert (Team Trebert) was the Third Most Improved Individual.
  • Elias Dauod (Galaxy Trotters) won the Spirit of the GCC award, grabbing a prize of a limited edition, money can’t buy, green Pulse (see underneath)!

I think it’s fair to say that everyone who took part enjoyed themselves, and we all gained something from the challenge.  Some of us lost things too (mainly pounds off the scale and inches ’round the waist!).

BUT it’s not over.  We need to combat those mince pies and chocolate selection boxes somehow so GCC are challenging us to the GCC Sprint – a 16 day challenge starting on 2 December.

Lace up everyone, we’re not off the hook yet!

Jennifer Frances
Residential Life Officer and GCC Team Captain


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Oct 27 2014

The best things about working in RCSD at LSE

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Now you can hear two staff members from our division talk about what it’s like to work at LSE and find out what they like best about their jobs.

The LSE website has a new collection of short staff profiles from all areas at LSE, which was put together to hear real staff talk about what it’s like to be part of the School.

Ian Spencer, Director of Residential Services, and Kabba Sesay, Assistant Chef Manager at Bankside House are both featured in the ‘Meet our people’ section of the LSE Jobs site. Their profiles sit amongst others from HR, the Department of Accounting, the Gender Institute and many more.

So, read on and find out what’s getting Ian out of bed in the morning, and why Kabba loves feeding LSE students.

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Oct 14 2014

Job Opportunity at LSE – Residential Services Officer

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  • Enjoy working with students? 
  • Love giving great customer service?
  • A dab hand at data entry?

We’re now recruiting a Residential Services Officer – Halls of Residence Lead – and are looking for an enthusiastic, highly organised and pro-active individual to fill this key customer focused role. 

You’ll be responsible for maintaining services aimed at supporting students in residences, as part of a wider team based in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

The ideal candidate will have experience of delivering good customer service, as well as good data entry skills. Above all, we’re looking for someone who relishes working with students and who has the ability to maintain positive working relationships with all our customers.

In addition to a good salary, we offer great benefits and excellent training and development opportunities.

For the full job advert and to apply for this post please go to ‘’ and select “Vacancies”.

Applications must be received by 23:59 on Tuesday 21st October 2014. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28 October 2014.

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre


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Oct 10 2014

“Find a Flatmate” A Success With New Students

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Find a Flatmate Event LSE

During September, the private housing support service decamped to a stand on the first floor of the Saw Swee Hock Building. This marked a more visible focus on private housing advice for LSE students, and a new venture within the building space. As part of this improved service, the Residential Services Office held two “Find a Flatmate” events on the 17 and 23 September.

Both days were well attended, with about 100 new LSE students taking part. Community and welfare office Sebastian Bruhn and education officer Thomas Maksymiw represented he LSE Students’ Union. LSESU catering provided a resplendent array of croissants, pains-au-chocolat and beverages to help keep up everyone’s spirit.

Each attendee was asked to give a brief introduction: Where were they looking, What was their budget,  and which single thing did they find the most frustrating part of their search?

Top private housing queries were: How to get a UK based guarantor? Can I avoid agency fees? What are the best areas in London?

By the end of both days, new households were formed, new friendships forged and more successful tenancies created allowing all to settle into the raison d’être for their time in London: To study.

Following on from the success of “Find a Flatmate”, the private housing support service is planning a series of events over the Michaelmas Term, which will help prepare undergraduate students for the experience of looking for private housing once their stay in halls is over. Details will be available online at: Private housing advice

Trevor Murtagh,
Residential Services Officer
Private Accommodation Lead

Find a Flatmate event

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Oct 7 2014

#LSEwhatweSAW – Get tweeting for student centre opening

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As part of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) opening event on 24 October, we’re running an audiovisual display of pictures and sounds from around the halls, and you can be part of it.

Everyone in halls is invited to capture the first weeks of term. Why not take a picture of your favourite place, special social event, or the best view in the house? Check out the Twitter feed if you’d like some inspiration.

Then tweet your snaps to @LSEResLife, tagged as #LSEwhatweSAWDeadline for submissions is midnight 12 October 2014.

LSE full time students will enter a prize draw to win an iPad, and everyone, staff and students, has the chance to get their snaps selected and displayed on the big screen during the opening event.

Twitter Help us spread the word - Use your Facebook account, Twitter feed, Listserv emails, posters, and word of mouth to spread the word amongst residents and your colleagues. For full details, see: #LSEwhatweSAW Twitter competition terms and conditions [PDF].

If you have ideas for other events, or would like to have more information about this campaign, contact Jennifer Frances and Ashley Cory at the Residential Life Team.

We’re looking forward to see what you saw!


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Oct 2 2014

It’s Getting Tight at the Top – Social Media Competition Continues

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It’s been another strong month for our social media competition that’s been running since August.

So far, thanks to the effort of all you social media ambassadors, our seven Facebook pages gained an additional 797 ‘followers’ between them.

In September, a three way battle has emerged between High Holborn, Passfield Hall and Northumberland House with just 18 ‘followers’ separating the three halls.

Northumberland in particular have been surging forward over the past few weeks. Could it be inevitable, at their current pace, that they will soon be the new leaders?

With just over two months remaining there is still plenty of time for all halls to make their move in time for Christmas. I’m sure someone has a master plan up their sleeve!

League Table as of 9.30am Monday 1 October

Hall Starting followers Current followers Overall increase
High Holborn Residence 195 363 +168
Passfield Hall 114 265 +151
Northumberland House 271 421 +150
Grosvenor House 175 289 +114
Bankside House 291 388 +97
Rosebery Hall 172 265 +93
Carr-Saunders Hall 135 159 +24
Overall 1353 2150 +797

Photo of the month

Roberto, Jo and visitors at Grosvenor House

For the second time in a row, the photo of the month comes courtesy of Grosvenor House. A great picture of two recent guests with Roberto and Jo.

Thank you once again for your continued hard work.

Nathan Palmer,
Sales & Marketing team


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Sep 1 2014

Strong first month: High Holborn lead social media competition

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In an exciting start to the Social Media Ambassadors competition, High Holborn have emerged as early leaders with an additional 132 Facebook likes. They are followed by fierce competitors at Passfield Hall who trail by just 8. The middle of the table is extremely tight with Northumberland, Bankside and Rosebery Hall all fighting it out to push towards the top.

As a group, it’s been an excellent first month with over 500 additional likes. In June we received just 25, so it highlights the great work that is being done around the halls to promote the pages!

League Table as of 5.00pm Monday 1 September

HallFollowers 1 August1 Sept1 Oct1 Nov 1 Dec
High Holborn
Passfield Hall
Grosvenor House
Rosebery Hall
Northumberland House
Bankside House
Carr-Saunders Hall

Photo of the month

This beautiful shot of Drury Lane was taken by Cora Lacatus, one of the subwardens at Grosvenor House. Remember to keep your photos coming from around the halls, so that we can post them on your Facebook page.

Drury Lane, photo taken by Cora Lacatus

Late summer view of Drury Lane – take by Cora Lacatus

Keep up the great work going into September.

Nathan Palmer


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