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Royal Academy of Music

Location: Central London Show on Map

Site: Single site in Marylebone

World-class music school

Student Population

Total Students:760
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:325
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:0%
UK Students:60%
State school entry:42%

Teaching Staff

20 full-time, 350 part-time.

Broad study areas



Admission Information:Students expected to hold A-levels or equivalent.  
Drop Out Rate:0%
Accommodation:Some first years housed. 


Structural features:Part of London University from 1999. Collaboration with King's College London on performance courses (undergrad and postgrad).  
Site:Central London 
How to get there:Baker Street or Regent's Park underground stations; many buses. 
Special features:Many distinguished visiting musicians eg Peter Maxwell Davies, Colin Davis, Mark Elder, Felicity Lott, Kiri Te Kanawa.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student services; counsellor; disability adviser. 
Amenities:Music shop on site; RAM Magazine; canteen, licensed students' club; social facilities.  
Accommodation:Some students in London University or other halls of residence, rents approx £150–£280 per week self-catering (from £85 pw sharing), £161−£200 pw for catered places. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2 years; rents £100−£150 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Approx 200,000 items in total, 40 periodicals and approx 10,000 books. Specialist collections: Sir Henry Wood, Sullivan Archive and Otto Klemperer collections of orchestral scores; Yehudi Menuhin archive. Separate IT service; 5 workstations with access to the library, 65 to the internet, open 16 hours/day (ratio of 1:11 workstations to students). 4 full-time, 2 part-time support staff; computer training, guidance and information given to all.  
Other learning resources:Concert hall, recital hall, living museum, opera theatre, 5 organs, electronic and recording studios. 
Study abroad:Member of Socrates, in which a permanent exchange programme operates between leading European conservatoires. Exchange links with conservatoires in Europe, USA and Australia.  
Careers:Information and advice.  


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £11,000 for an academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by academy.
Term-time work:College allows term-time work for students (30% believed to work). Term-time work in college bars, offices, library, security and fire stewarding; adverts for jobs elsewhere on noticeboards.
Financial help:Some entrance scholarships awarded on the basis of the audition. Some other awards and funds to help students in financial difficulties.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £18,100.


Awarding body:

University of London; Royal Academy of Music.

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

4 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Music

Student view


It's on the north side of Marylebone Road in the heart of London, housed in a compact campus; a classic sandstone and red brick Edwardian building at the front and extensions into the John Nash and Decimus Burton Victorian buildings of York Gate and York Terrace alongside. Facilities include 2 concert halls, a concert room, recital room, opera theatre, a museum housing a collection of fine instruments (including 13 Stradivariuses) and an annexe in the renovated York Gate building for practice, rehearsals and lectures. All students live out as there are no specific halls of residence, although the Academy has numerous places within London University intercollegiate halls and international student house nearby. With several student flats and close proximity to Baker Street tube, accommodation is easily found; costs vary enormously, depending on location. All students enter the (very demanding) BMus performance course, which ensures an excellent degree. Highest standards of tuition from some of the finest members of the music profession. Practice and dedication is expected of students on a daily basis. Non-stop exciting programme of concerts, masterclasses and music series. There is no 'average' student except the one with a genuine love and energy for music. Many international and postgrad students. The RAM has an ever-developing social life in college. Students' union (RAMSU) has a policy of inclusivity across the student body in which over 50 nationalities are represented: freshers' week, jazz nights, bi-weekly parties, karaoke, cabaret, river parties, summer ball and barbecues. Absolutely the place to be if you want to become a performing musician.


Housing: Accommodation office really helpful - plans for new hall of residence in pipeline. Eats: Excellent food at reasonable prices at RAM restaurant. Good snacks etc locally. Drink: RAM bar reasonably priced. 4 pubs within 400 yards. Nightlife: Bi-weekly parties, themed nights, termly balls. Automatic membership to ULU and its facilities. 20 mins' walk to West End; many excellent student offers on concerts etc throughout London. Sports: New yoga, Alexander Technique, Tai-Chi lessons; close to excellent ULU facilities. Travel: Socrates/Erasmus schemes and award system for summer schools. Hardship fund: Admin always willing to listen. Various forms of assistance. Jobs: Many gigs and teaching jobs (get yourself known!). Bar work and concert stewarding at RAM (concert work through RAM's own concert secretary). It's expensive to be a music student in London so many students need paid work. Informal name: RAM, The Academy. 

Past Students

Richard Rodney Bennett, Harrison Birtwhistle, Lesley Garrett, Evelyn Glennie, Elton John, Graham Johnson, Annie Lennox, Felicity Lott, Joanna MacGregor, Michael Nyman, Simon Rattle, Jean Rigby, John Taverner.

More info?

Enquiries to RAMSU president, tel 020 7873 7337. 



Royal Academy of Music
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