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Accommodation

RCM students in a bedroom at Prince Consort Village
London is a fantastic city for students. With a vibrant and broad spectrum of cultures, architecture and activities, there is something for everyone, any time, and the inspiration it can provide can be incredible.

Before you begin to look for accommodation it’s a good idea to think hard about where you might like to live. The RCM has its own halls of residence in West London. There is also a large rental market and other commercial options for student living.

Prince Consort Village

The Royal College of Music’s hall of residence, Prince Consort Village, provides high-quality accommodation for more than 400 students. The building, which is situated on Goldhawk Road, opened in spring 2016 and comprises studio apartments, en-suite rooms and standard rooms.

Many first year students choose to live here so they can meet other students and grow accustomed to living in London.

If you would like to find out more or register your interest, please visit the Prince Consort Village website.

Prince Consort Village website

Prince Consort Village is staffed 24 hours a day, and the in-house team and residence manager are dedicated to the pastoral care and wellbeing of residents.

Regular events are organised and the Reception team is on hand daily to make students’ lives as easy and comfortable as possible.

Students who would like to register their interest should contact Campus Living Villages, who manage Prince Consort Village, and not the Royal College of Music. 

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Hear from the residents of Prince Consort Village

See and hear what life is like at our hall of residence from the perspective of the students who live there

Facilities

Prince Consort Village is fully equipped and specially designed for RCM students, with acoustically treated bedrooms allowing you to practise at home. Services include:

  • 23 dedicated practice rooms available 24/7
  • A film room
  • Open mic space
  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Reception
  • Gym
  • Bicycle storage
  • Indoor and outdoor communal spaces

Location

Located in leafy south-west London, Prince Consort Village is within easy travelling distance of the RCM; you can cycle or get the London Underground from Ravenscourt Park to South Kensington, and there are regular buses too.

The neighbourhood is ideal, offering the greenery of nearby Ravenscourt Park as well as the convenience of many local shops, cafés and amenities. Prince Consort Village is within easy reach of Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, which houses leading fashion, home and lifestyle brands alongside cinemas and a fantastic selection of places to eat. Notting Hill – famous for Notting Hill Carnival as well as Portobello Road and its market – is only a short bus ride away. This part of London is arty and dynamic, with lots of restaurants, bars, shops and music venues.

Transport

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.

Privately rented accommodation

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

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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.

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), must carry out a right to rent check 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.

Student Services

Enquiries relating to student support at the RCM

studentservices@rcm.ac.uk

Other accommodation

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.

Queen Alexandra's House

Queen Alexandra’s House (QAH) is centrally located next to the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, near to the RCM and other institutions including Imperial College and the Royal College of Art.

QAH is convenient for buses and the underground, and within easy travelling distance of many theatres, museums and art galleries.

QAH is ideal for those new to London and keen to experience life in the capital, whilst benefiting from living in a comfortable environment. They provide fully catered, managed accommodation for female students studying within the Estate of the 1851 Commission (which includes RCM students), a stepping stone between school and complete independence.

Find out more on the QAH website