|No. of international students||6545||2013 Ranking||3|
|Student : Staff ratio||11.1||2014 Ranking||3|
The LSE is the only university in the UK specialising in the study of social sciences and has a worldwide reputation in the field. The world’s largest social sciences library is housed here. Of the 9,000 or so students half are postgraduates and only about a third are from the UK, making for the largest proportion of overseas students at any university in the world. LSE students have a reputation for being academic and determined; the fact that the university library has a borrowing rate four times the national average speaks volumes. Graduates enjoy top employment rates and starting salaries.
The school is located in the heart of London, just over the road from King’s College London, with which it enjoys a traditional rivalry. It’s close to the amenities of the West End, the river and Bloomsbury. London of course is an excellent place in which to study, offering the culture and variety of a truly international city as well as the transport links to lots of others places. Much of Europe is just a couple of hours by plane, and relatively cheap to get to – so during your time here you can also explore Paris, Rome, Madrid and Athens!