The College’s on-site Hall of Residence is one of the biggest bonuses about choosing the RNCM as your place of study. Situated right next door to the main College building, its location means huge savings for you in both time and money. You will not need to budget for a daily outlay on long bus or tube journeys like your counterparts elsewhere.

The Sir Charles Groves Hall, owned and managed by Liberty Living, is purpose-built with all modern amenities and offers a truly cost effective place to live, as you will be able to walk to lectures or rehearsals in just a few minutes.

RNCM students occupy the majority of the 612 rooms in the Hall, giving an even greater opportunity to be part of a safe student community and make friends as soon as you arrive.

You will have your own en-suite room in a shared flat for four, sharing a fully-equipped lounge/kitchen. As a purpose-built residence, the rooms allocated to RNCM students allow you to practice in your room between the hours of 9am and 9pm. Pianists can even arrange to have a loan piano in their room.

There is always someone to turn to in the Hall, as welfare and support of RNCM student residents is overseen by two senior student residents and a member of staff.

Facilities offered:

  • Self-catering student rooms in flats of four, with en-suite facilities, each flat having its own fully equipped lounge/kitchen and a TV aerial point
  • Secure accommodation monitored by 24 hour security staff and security surveillance cameras. Swipe card readers control access
  • Common room/leisure facility and launderette is exclusively for the use of RNCM students
  • Internet access is available in every study bedroom
  • Separate study space in every bedroom
  • Telephones in each room
  • You can practise in your room between 9am – 9pm

Information about how to apply for accommodation in the RNCM Hall of Residence will be sent to all students who accept the offer of a place at the College.


What’s it like living in Sir Charles Groves Hall? We chat to Bethan, a recent RNCM graduate who lived in halls during her studies here, and was Senior Resident in her final year.

How long have you lived in Sir Charles Groves Hall for and what do you like most about living there?

I lived in halls for all four years of my undergraduate studies. I chose to live in halls because it’s close to College and safe. Living there saves a lot of time and money getting too and from College each day so I have more time to practise and socialise. I enjoy being able to practise in my room during the day. Bills are included in my rent so I know exactly how much I am paying in advance which really helps me to budget.

What was it like moving away from home and living in halls?

Moving away from home was a bit scary at first because I come from a small village in North Wales, so it took time to adjust to living in a busy, noisy city. Although it was daunting it was also very exciting as there is lots going on in Manchester and always something new to see or do. It’s very easy to make friends in halls and you get to know people from all different years.

You are Senior Resident in halls, what does this involve?

As Senior Resident I speak to new students before they move into halls to answer their questions. I organise move in day and get teams of people to help carry luggage in and show people to their rooms and welcome them to Manchester. I try to get to know everyone so I can make sure all the new students are settling in and help them if they are homesick. I act as a liaison between students and staff if any problems arise. I am also in charge of overseeing the calendar of events that we put on for students, especially the Halls Summer Party which is one of the highlights of the year.

Bethan has now completed her BMus at the RNCM. Read more about Bethan’s time at the RNCM on our student stories page.


Hall charges
Charges for self-catering in the undergraduate flats during the 2012/13 academic year (42 week let) are £115.50 per week inclusive of utility costs and internet access but exclusive of personal telephone calls . There is a 2% discount for those paying in full. Alternately payment can be made over three instalments by post dated cheques or credit/debit card. (There is a 2% charge for all credit card transactions). Further information on booking information and charges is available on the Liberty Living website.

Private accommodation
You may prefer to rent a flat or share a house. Local rents can range from £60 – £150 per week, but there are extras to consider such as household bills. Manchester Student Homes (MSH) is the RNCM’s official source of privately rented accommodation. If you prefer to share a house with other students, live with an owner in their home, rent a flat or live in a private hall of residence with other members of Manchester’s student community, MSH can help you find somewhere. MSH landlords commit to a Code of Standards, guaranteeing quality, safe, secure accommodation and good working practices. MSH offer housing advice and can help resolve any issues that arise with registered landlords and their services are free to RNCM students.

Homes are listed at www.manchesterstudenthomes.com You can contact MSH on 0161 275 7680 or msh@manchester.ac.uk or drop in to their offices at Unit 1-3, Ladybarn House, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6ND.

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