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.
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: £151/week (£6,493 for 43 weeks)
Standard Single: £131/week (£5,633 for 43 weeks)
Shared Double: £86/week (£3,698 for 43 weeks)
* Rates are for academic year 2012-13
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.
A tenancy agreement at College Hall is for 43 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. Any extension of a tenancy during the summer vacation may be made by special arrangement with the Manager, subject to availability.
Appointments for viewings should be made directly with the Manager or Assistant Manager. Tours of College Hall are available on the RCM Open Day.
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:
Rooms are allocated according to the following order of priority:
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.
When you arrive at College Hall, you should come directly to Reception where you will need to sign in to be given your keys. You can purchase essentials such as pillow, sheets, duvet and kitchen utensils very cheaply at the local market (not open on Sunday). A pack with all the information you need will be provided when you arrive.
The 2012–2013 academic year begins on 10th September 2012 and at this point students will be in College during the day, with a busy schedule of induction sessions. During “Freshers’ Week” there will be social events every night, but these are designed for students alone, and not parents.
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 2012-13 (8,822 kb)
College Hall Handbook 2013-14 (8,610 kb)