Course students elect their own representative to the Union at the start of each academic year. The Union organises entertainments – concerts, films, cabaret and discos – and funds over 150 student societies covering a wide variety of interests.
It also funds a free weekly student newspaper, The Beaver, a termly magazine The Script and a radio station PuLSE. The Union runs a shop, a copy shop, a café and three bars which have a joint capacity of 1,500 people, and which on Friday and Saturday nights provide a venue for what is one of London’s top student night clubs.
LSE is famous, or perhaps infamous, for the political activism of its students. Many former students maintain that they learnt more arguing in the bars and cafés than they ever did in class. The crucible for debate is the weekly Union General Meeting where left, right and centre compete for the hearts and minds of the uncommitted – few students can resist at least one visit to this hotbed of revolution, reaction and intrigue.
Athletics Union Athletics are the responsibility of the Athletics Union (AU), which is funded by the Students’ Union. All students are eligible to join the AU by becoming members of any of its constituent clubs. Over 30 clubs exist for a wide range of sports and many use the School’s 25 acre sports ground at New Malden, Surrey. There are pitches for soccer, rugby, hockey (both men’s and women’s) and cricket, together with grass tennis courts, and a restaurant and well-appointed bar, both of which are open on match days. At Houghton Street the School has its own gymnasium (much used for football, badminton and other training sessions), a room for judo, table tennis, karate and boxing, while the SU provides a large fitness centre fully staffed by qualified fitness instructors and three squash courts.
University of London Union All registered students of the School are automatically members of ULU, and are entitled to make use of the extensive facilities without payment of any extra membership fee. ULU is housed nearby in Malet Street, and the premises include a fitness centre,
swimming pool, aerobics/dance classes, discos and live gigs, bars, banks, general store, sports shop, copy shop, ticket agency, travel office, day nursery, opticians, insurance centre, health spa, badminton court, squash court and a range of other recreation facilities. All General Course students are welcome to make use of these facilities.
National Health Service (NHS) General Course students are eligible to use the National Health Service on the same terms as UK residents. The NHS aims to provide comprehensive, free, in and out- patient medical care for anyone who is registered with a doctor.
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