Royal Northern College of Music

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Student Accommodation

  • Sir Charles Groves Hall, the college's hall of residence, is managed by Liberty Living and situated a few minutes' walk from the main college building. Rooms are en-suite.
  • Many students rent private accommodation in Manchester. Students are recommended to source private accommodation from Manchester Student Homes (MSH), which ensures properties abide by a rigorous code of standards.
  • Manchester is a city in which students can live relatively cheaply; living costs are comparable with other major UK cities in the North and are typically lower than in London and the South.

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £173 per week

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Manchester is without doubt one of the most energetic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, and has a well-deserved reputation as an educational, media, and cultural capital within Europe.
  • Renowned internationally as a breeding ground for musical talent and innovation, Manchester is one of the world’s most diverse cities when it comes to musical offerings. Not only is it home to three professional orchestras – the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata – but numerous bands including 10cc, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis, Elbow, Doves and Delphic also have their roots in the city.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Manchester is home to an array of places where students can spend their spare time, with noted areas being the Northern Quarter, Spinningfields and The Village, one of Europe's most vibrant LGBT scenes.
  • Festivals are prominent in Manchester, the most notable being the biannual artist-led Manchester International Festival (MIF), which presents new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, music, visual arts and popular culture. FutureEverything is a global arts festival of art, music and ideas, and there's also Proms in the Park.
  • There are also numerous galleries and museums including Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Lowry, HOME, Manchester Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the Imperial War Museum, all offering a diverse range of exhibitions and collections.
  • Manchester is home to two premiership football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. It also offers world-class cycling at Manchester Velodrome, premiership rugby with Sale Sharks, national and international cricket at Old Trafford, and international swimming at Manchester Aquatics Centre.
  • There are a myriad of sporting associations across the city, from archery to volleyball – and both the Peak and Lake districts, with their stunning scenery and breathtaking walks, are within easy reach.


  • The RNCM is well-connected by public transport to the rest of the city and beyond.
  • It is also easy to get around on foot, with the RNCM itself just a 20-minute walk from the city centre.