When you arrive in London, it is highly recommended that you register with a GP. Most government-funded healthcare treatment is free for UK residents, but fixed charges apply for some services. The NHS website has some really excellent information about how to register (How do I register with a GP?), so I thought I’d highlight some of the most important points here. If you live in halls, your welcome packet will probably have some information about how and where to register, so be sure to take a look at that information as well.
- First, locate your nearest GP surgery. I lived in Rosebery Hall last year, and the most convenient GP surgery was The Amwell Practice on Naoroji Street. If you don’t live in halls, use the NHS’s GP locator to find your closest GP.
- Find out what paperwork is needed, and fill it out before you arrive. GP surgeries typically ask for the GMS1 form.
- Bring a proof of identity and a proof of address. When I registered, I brought a copy of my passport and a letter from the Accommodation office stating where I lived. Utility bills and council tax bills may also be accepted. Check with your specific GP surgery.
- Make an appointment. Once you’ve registered, you can get a Health Check or make an appointment for specific concerns.
For more information, check out the NHS website and these additional resources:
How do I register with a GP? (NHS)
Registering with a GP (LSE)
FAQs about GPs (NHS)
When to see your GP (NHS)
What are A&E departments (NHS)
Do you run a club or society at LSE? LSESU has an amazing scheme called ‘Give It A Go’, which we think you’ll like. If you heard about it last year, read on - because we’re changing things up, making it even bigger and better than before.
How do I get the skills I need to become chief exec of a campaigning charity, a government minister, head of marketing at Ernst & Young, or a brilliant teacher?
The LSESU Employability and Development Programme is a series of free training sessions that will allow you to develop exactly the sorts of skills you’ll need after LSE.
The Programme launches on 13th October with a big launch event, which you’ll need to book to attend. Tickets are free, and are released from 6th October onwards.
This happy chap is Tom Maksymiw, your Education Officer for 2014-15. Tom is here to improve your experience of academic affairs, dealing with teaching quality, feedback and study space, as well as representing the student voice on teaching and learning developments. Let’s get to know him a little better!
Ladies and gentlemen, may we proudly introduce your Community and Welfare Officer for this year, Sebastian Bruhn!
Seb is responsible for strengthening and sustaining the LSE community, and making sure your opinions on student welfare are heard loudly and clearly. He’ll also take care of matters relating to accommodation, representation and general student support. Let’s get to know him a bit better!
We are delighted to confirm the dates and theme of next year’s LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival, the 7th Festival to be held at LSE, exploring the interaction between the arts and social sciences. It will be taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme Foundations.
This theme in part reflects on the multitude of important anniversaries and centenaries taking place in the next year (Magna Carta, Waterloo, WWI, WWII), whilst also celebrating an idea at the heart of LSE, encapsulated in our motto, 'to understand the causes of things'.
Although I’d like to recommend that you wait until you’re settled in London to do most things, it’s important to know a bit about your programme before you arrive. Each academic department has its own website, which you can easily find following this link. On top of that, you will likely receive correspondence from your department before you arrive. Be sure to look closely at what they write to you, as the more you know before you arrive, the easier it’s going to be to adjust.
Whilst you won’t necessarily be expected to know everything before you arrive, read through your documents thoroughly. For the Social Policy department, I was surprised to find that a page summary of my dissertation topic was expected at the end of the first week of Michaelmas Term. That may not be required for your department, but it’s best to expect that you may be required to submit bits of information to your department within the first few weeks. That way, you won’t be caught out. For the specifics, consult your admission documents and your department website.
Looking through the course offerings for your department is another excellent idea. Each department lists its course offerings on its website, but you can also find that information by following the links provided by the Available programmes 2014/15 page. Be aware that there are enrolment caps for most courses, so you’ll need to come prepared with back-ups in case you can’t get into your first choices.
Also keep in mind that you may request to take courses from other departments, as long as you can explain your reasoning to the director of your department and obtain approval. The graduate course guides are helpful for choosing courses if you’re considering looking outside of your department. The link provided is for the 2013/14 academic year, but it should be updated soon, and it can act as a helpful guide until then.
This may be a lot of information, but don’t worry! As long as you’ve read up on what’s expected from your department, you should be fine. Enjoy the rest of your summer, prepare lightly for your programme, and get excited about Orientation!
This dapper gent is Alastair Duncan, your Activities and Development Officer for 2014-15. Alastair’s role includes developing sports, societies, the Media Group, RAG (Raising and Giving), volunteering and LSESU club nights, as well as championing our Sports Ambassador Scheme. But let’s get to know him a little better…
Beauty? Check. Brains? Check. 16 Nobel Prizes? Check.
In October, the Nobel Prizes for 2014 will be announced (or most of them, anyway). LSE is no stranger to the Prize, with 16 of our alumni and staff members having won it in the past.
Bertrand Russell being a legend.
Who’s top in our countdown of LSE Nobel Prize winners?
5. 1979: Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
Noted for his contributions to the field of economic development, Arthur Lewis has an impressive resume. He was the first economic advisor to Ghana following their independence; the deputy managing director of the UN Special Fund; and the first president of the Caribbean Development Bank. He gained his knighthood in 1963 for his contributions to economics.
For all those who haven’t yet met her, we’re delighted to introduce your General Secretary, Nona Buckley-Irvine! She’s the chief representative of LSE students this year, and she’s here to make sure you get the best experience possible at LSE. Let’s get to know her a bit better!
If you’re starting at LSE then there’s a lot of important information you have to soak in. And one of the most important questions you’ll have is: where can I buy chocolate and chewing gum on site?
Fortunately, your Students’ Union shops have your back - and now you will never have to suffer through a 4pm energy slump or bad breath ever again.
There are two LSESU shops: one in the NAB just off Kingsway, and one on Houghton Street.
In the NAB shop you can buy Coca-Cola for 69p and chewing gum for 45p, but that’s not all! You can print for 4p a sheet, and get your dissertation bound more cheaply than at Rymans. They mainly sell food and stationary, but come on, what more can you want?
If you do want more, then head to the Houghton Street shop. Here you can buy LSE memorabilia (the perfect Christmas present) as well as Fair Trade clothing, worldwide travel adaptor plugs mosquito killers, food and stationary.
They’re fairly priced, and it saves you running around a busy central London looking for a new pen in your hour of need.
Nothing says I love you like an LSE chipmunk. Nothing.
Yeah, us too. That’s why we have an online shop.
If you’re new to LSE, or if you’re at LSE but living under a rock, you might not know about the gym.
Well, there’s a gym.
AND IT’S AN AWESOME GYM!
I’m going to tell you some awesome things about the awesome gym.
One thing LSE is known for is being politically savvy - and having the courage to act on our opinions. It’s just how we roll. Ever wondered how that reputation came about? We did some investigating…
LSE’s Student Union is one of the oldest in the country, and we’ve had a reputation for political activism since day one. When the Union was founded in 1897, a central regular meeting was established: the fortnightly political debate known as the ‘Clare Market Parliament’.
Student opinion has always been strong here. In the 1930s, the Students’ Union banned the Communist Party from being active at LSE. Frank Strauss Meyer, then President of the Union, was expelled for selling copies of the Student Vanguard, a left-wing student newspaper he founded. He was deported to America in 1934.