Guide to student living costs 2015-16

It is impossible to put an exact figure on the amount of money you will need while you are studying at the Royal College of Music; much will depend on your individual preferences and lifestyle. The figures given below reflect a range of essential and non essential expenditure that you might be likely to incur. Don’t forget to budget for the duration of your course.

 

Outgoings

Per Week

Per Year (x43 Weeks)

Rent: Privately rented accommodation  £120- £170

£5,160 - £7,310

(average £5,547)

Plus utility bills (gas, electricity, water rates, TV licence)  £10 - 15  £430 - £645
Prince Consort Village (43 week contract, utility bills included)

 £153

£172

£197.50

£6,579

£7,396

£8492.50

Food/housekeeping  £40 - £60 (average £56)  £1,720 - £2,580
Telephone (mobile/landline)  £7 - £20  £301 - £860
Weekly Travel (Zones 1 and 2 Travelcard with student discount)  £22.40

 £896 (annual travelcard)

Course costs (eg books, CDs, strings, reeds etc)  £10 - £20  £430 - £860
Insurance (Instrumental, personal belongings)  £3 - £10  £129 - £430
Laundry/dry cleaning  £4 - £8  £172 - £344

Personal items (hair / clothing / toiletries etc)

£15 - £20  £645 - £860
Home / Other £5 - £10  £215 - £430

Leisure / socialising

£20 - £50   £860 - £2,150

 

Weekly/annual total

   

Privately rented accommodation

£256.40 - £405.40       £10,958 - £17,365

Prince Consort Village (RCM) accommodation

 £279.40 - £417.90  £11,947 - £17,902

 

PLEASE NOTE

Non-EU students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK need to demonstrate that they have at least £11,385 available for living expenses as part of the visa application process

 

The RCM has a valuable collection of instruments (mainly stringed instruments) available for students to use. Use of these instruments will be prioritised for students who cannot afford a quality instrument.

The College, through its alumni association, also has a fund to make interest–free financial loans to assist students and recent graduates to buy their own instruments. 

 

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