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College Hall


220-238 Goldhawk Road
London W12 9PL
Tel: +44 (0)207 591 4767
Fax: +44 (0)208 740 9461
Email: collegehall@rcm.ac.uk

The Royal College of Music’s hall of residence was opened in 1994 and accommodates up to 170 full-time male and female undergraduate and postgraduate students. College Hall is a self-catering establishment.

College Hall is situated in West London, within easy travelling distance of the RCM. The tube journey takes about 40 minutes door to door, if taking the underground train from Ravenscourt Park to South Kensington. When travelling by bus, the journey can take between 40 and 50 minutes, taking the 94 bus to Notting Hill Gate and then the 52 or 452 buses to Royal Albert Hall.

The College Hall team consists of a Manager, Assistant Manager and an Administration Assistant who are supported by a Senior Residence Assistant and four student Residence Assistants. This team deals with all aspects of life at College Hall. Contract staff provides overnight security services enabling Reception to be covered 24 hours each day.

To find out more about living at College Hall, watch our video, click on the links or download the College Hall Handbook below. 

Please note: the site of College Hall will be redeveloped during 2014/15 and a new, much larger and modern hall of residence will open in autumn 2015. The RCM will still provide accommodation to students in a hall of residence during the 2014/15 academic year.

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Rooms and rates

There are 77 large single rooms, 56 standard single rooms and 15 shared double rooms.

Room sizes are as follows:

Large Single: 14 x 10 ft (4.26 x 3.04 m)

Standard Single: 10 x 8 ft (3.04 x 2.43 m)

Shared Double: 14 x10 ft (4.26 x 3.04 m)

Each room has a bed and a mattress, wash-hand basin, built-in furniture, desk chair, table lamp and notice board. The beds have a mattress cover, but students must bring their own pillow, sheets, blankets, duvets and pillowcases.

Weekly rates at College Hall are shown below:

Large Single: £156/week (£6,552 for 42 weeks)

Standard Single: £135/week (£5,670 for 42 weeks)

Shared Double: £89/week (£3,738 for 42 weeks)

* Rates are for academic year 2013-14

These charges are inclusive of gas, electricity and water. As a fulltime student you are exempt from paying the Council Tax. Rental must be paid in advance and an instalment plan is possible by arrangement with the RCM's Finance Office.


The communal facilities include:

16 single-sex bathrooms, one large television/game room, a coin-operated laundry room, one IT room with College internet access, complimentary wireless internet throughout the building, courtyard car parking (limited) for which there is a charge of £80 per term (excluding VAT), and free but limited bike storage outside in the car park.

We also have 22 Practice Rooms which can be booked for two hours per day. During less busy periods they can be used for longer, if they have not already been booked. As residents are not permitted to practise in their rooms, the dedicated Practice Rooms are for the use of College Hall residents or paying guests only and are not available to RCM students who live elsewhere. No teaching is permitted at College Hall.

College Hall is a self-catering facility with six kitchens on each of the four floors. Each kitchen has a microwave, a kettle, a toaster, as well as cooker and fridge/freezer. Residents need to provide their own cooking utensils and crockery/cutlery. Kitchens are shared by six, eight or nine people depending on the student bedroom type.

College Hall has a non-smoking policy throughout the building and grounds.

Tenancy agreement

In 2013-2014 the Tenancy Agreement is for 42 weeks (the full duration of the academic year, inclusive of the Christmas and Easter vacations), so there is no need to vacate the rooms other than for the summer vacation

Room allocation policy

This policy applies to allocation of rooms, room size and room moves during the year. Since standard single rooms are cheaper, they are more popular and therefore, in shorter supply. 

Applicants are categorised as follows:

  1. Home (British), European or other overseas students who will be entering their first year of study at RCM (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  2. Any current RCM students applying to College Hall for the first time (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  3. European or other overseas students returning for further tenancy at College Hall. Length of previous tenancy is taken into account, those with a short period of previous tenancy having priority over those with a more lengthy period of previous tenancy (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  4. Home (British) students returning for further tenancy at College Hall. Length of previous tenancy taken into account, as above
  5. Imperial College/Royal College of Art students

Rooms are allocated according to the following order of priority:

  1. Category 1 applicants are urged to apply from January, with allocation of rooms occurring from March onwards
  2. Category 2, 3 and 4 applicants are invited to apply in March with allocation occurring from April onwards, depending on availability
  3. Category 5 applicants will be offered rooms from July onwards, depending on availability

Late applications will be considered according to availability in the same order of priority


All applications are considered by the College Hall Manager and may be declined for any of the following reasons: the applicant has outstanding debt, a history of late payment or has previous disciplinary issues.


College Hall offers guest rooms for short-term stays of family and friends of residents, guests of the RCM and prospective students. Click here for details of facilities and rates.

College Hall Handbook 2013-14 (8,610 kb)