LSE is not a ‘campus’ university. Before joining university, this was something which I was a little concerned about. I wasn’t so knowledgeable of the big city and the thought of different buildings across London to study in seemed daunting. What’s more, I didn’t want to waste my time and money on transport. So LSE might not be a conventional campus university but the buildings are all within two minutes of one another. In fact it is even possible to negotiate your way round the corridors to make a full circle from building to building for those in the main hub.
And how could I almost forget to mention Houghton Street?! Houghton Street is the centre of LSE, technically it might be a public street but it’s pedestrianised and bursting with daily stalls. Students cross paths here on the way to and from classes and peruse stalls run by various societies, events and companies offering internships. Admittedly, 9/10 of the companies are finance related and for someone like me who’s not following that line of things it may be somewhat disappointing. That is, it would be disappointing if it were not for the great free stuff they give out as they promote themselves. Time things well and you can be gifted with ice cream, hot drinks, sweets, a deck of cards or a new pen and pad, even if Credit Suisse don’t realise you’re a geography student…
What’s the difference?
Your accommodation will never be on site. Now if that is something which scares you, perhaps you’re planning to roll out of bed to lectures; High Holborn halls are a ten minute walk away. But personally, I have enjoyed living in King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and Camden. Living somewhere else allows you to get a sense of escape once you’re home in the evening. Likewise, around the Strand, where LSE is found, it’s a fairly work-based area. In Camden I have many of my friends living around me, Regents Park nearby, a large supermarket, good transport connections and a sense of community and an atmosphere akin to a small town centre once you’re on Camden High Street.
So what about the transport thing?
It’s entirely up to you. I cycle every day; it takes me fifteen minutes. Sometimes I run in, in about the same time. Whilst others walk, catch the tube or a bus. Choose something which suits your lifestyle and budget, but most importantly, there is something that suits everyone.
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