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Student Services

RCM students walking onto stage in the RCM's Britten Theatre
The Royal College of Music’s Student Services team provide advice and support on a range of issues helping you to get the most out of your time at the RCM.

The Royal College of Music is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. We welcome students irrespective of sex, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, offering you the support necessary to fulfill your potential.

Pastoral care

Our experienced Student Services team is available to all RCM students, offering informal advice, useful information and wellbeing resources. We are happy to talk about any matter that is affecting your studies or your personal life. We offer appointment services, either in-person or online, both of which are fully confidential.

Counselling

If you experience any problems in your personal or academic life during your time at the RCM, a free in-house counselling service is available to all students. Counselling is an opportunity to discuss what’s troubling you in a safe and confidential setting, where you will can explore coping strategies and helpful resources.

The RCM Counsellors are sensitive to our diverse community. All material discussed in a session is confidential and not shared with staff or other students. For more information about confidentiality, see our counselling code of practice below.

Counselling is also available at Imperial College Health Centre.

Health & wellbeing

At the RCM, we want to ensure that health and wellbeing is a priority for all of our students.  

We are partnered with TogetherAll, which runs a 24/7 online service providing advice and support for those dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. This services is free to all RCM students.  

Student Services run weekly Meditation and Yoga sessions to support your wellbeing. All are welcome to these sessions and they are completely free. We also offer Massage Therapy sessions at a reduced rate. Find out more by contacting the Student Services team.

It is important for all students to register with a GP. Imperial College Health Centre register students from their catchment area and those living at Prince Consort Village or you can find your nearest GP surgery by searching on the NHS website. The Student Services team is also happy to discuss options for the prevention and treatment of musicians' injuries and can provide information about agencies specialising in the care of such injuries.

The RCM is a member of the Healthy Conservatoire Network and works closely with the Centre for Performance Science to encourage and promote good health in musicians.

Find out more about health and wellbeing at the RCM

Financial matters

The Student Services Manager can give advice on funding your course and general financial concerns. We are happy to advise you if you are a prospective RCM student.

Financial Hardship

Students experiencing unexpected financial hardship partway through their course, or who need assistance towards paying for treatment for performance related injury, or disability related costs that cannot be met through the Disabled Students Allowance may be able to apply to the RCM’s Hardship Fund.

Fees & funding

Accommodation

The RCM has a purpose-built hall of residence, Prince Consort Village, which has modern practice facilities and a range of other amenities. 

Find out more about accommodation

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.

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 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.

If you would like more information on seeking privately rented accommodation, please feel free to talk to the Student Services team.

Chaplaincy Centre

The Chaplaincy Centre at Imperial College London welcomes RCM students and is just two minutes’ walk away. It provides a confidential place to explore faith and to find support for personal issues. They work with students from different faith and philosophical backgrounds. The team of chaplains offers support, information, discussions, prayer and worship.  

Find out more about the Chaplaincy Centre

Contact Student Services

If you would like to speak Student Services about a particular issue or to enquire about the assistance they can offer, feel free to contact them.

Student Services

Enquiries relating to student support at the RCM

studentservices@rcm.ac.uk