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.
Our experienced Student Services team is available to all RCM students, offering informal advice and useful information resources. We are happy to talk about any matter that is affecting your studies or your personal life. We offer drop-in and appointment services, both of which are fully confidential.
If you experience any problems in your personal or academic life during your time at the RCM, an 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 get initial resources and coping strategies.
The RCM Counsellor is 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.
Advice on finding and registering with an NHS doctor is available from Student Services. The Student Services team is also happy to discuss options for the prevention and treatent 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.
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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.
RCM Study Support Grant
The Student Services Manager also administers the RCM Study Support Grant. This is for students who have unexpected financial difficulty partway through their course or students who need assistance towards paying for treatment for performance-based injury, or disability-related costs that cannot be met through the Disabled Students Allowance.
Fees & funding
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.
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.
The RCM also 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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The Chaplaincy Centre at Imperial College London welcomes RCM students and is just two minutes’ walk away.
Reverend Andrew Willson visits the RCM regularly, and has strong links with other faith communities.
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Contact Student Services
If you would like to speak Student Services about a particualr issue or to enquire about the assistance they can offer, feel free to contact them or pop into their office in Jay Mews.