There are several bus stops conveniently located outside Prince Consort Village providing connections to Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill and a range of other locations.
The area is well served by trains too, with three London Underground stations nearby. Ravenscourt Park station on the District line is a 10 minute walk away. Goldhawk Road station on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines is a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride away. Shepherd’s Bush station on the Central line is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride away. There is also a London Overground station in Shepherd's Bush.
Lots of RCM students, particularly after their first year, choose to live in privately rented accommodation. London has a large rental market offering a range of properties in locations across the city.
There are also many independent halls and hostels in London, offering mostly self-catering accommodation, often en-suite. These halls combine secure housing with the benefits of a diverse community and many amenities such as bars and gyms, and often organise events for residents.
There is no such thing as a typical landlord. Some are young professionals, graduates, some middle-aged couples, some are retired, some are families with a room to spare. Renting a room privately is often the cheapest option.
During the year our Student Services team produces a list of landlords offering private accommodation to RCM students.
Private landlords in England are required to carry out ‘Right to rent’ checks for all prospective adult tenants to make sure the person is not disqualified from renting a property by reason of their immigration status. You have a right to rent if:
- You have valid immigration permission to be in the UK e.g. you have a student visa
- You are an EEA/Swiss national or family member of an EEA/Swiss national with status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme
Your landlord, (or the letting agent), can carry out a right to rent check in one of two ways; a manual document-based check e.g. asking to see your passport or using the Home Office online checking service.
If you would like more information on how the RCM can provide support for students seeking privately rented accommodation, please feel free to talk to the Student Services team.
Female RCM students are eligible to apply for accommodation at Queen Alexandra's House, which is a short distance from the RCM. Find out more in the dropdown section below.