Royal Northern College of Music accommodation

Now in its fifth decade, the RNCM is a thriving conservatoire with around 320 teaching staff and over 800 students from 60 different countries, and our student accommodation in Manchester places you right at the heart of all of the action!

  1. General information

    The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is a thriving, world-class conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, and is the destination of choice for anyone passionate about the arts –specifically being trained in performance arts. The RNCM has a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

    Students who study at the RNCM will receive world-class training for professional careers in music through a mixture of solo tuition, workshops, ensembles and masterclasses, supported by lectures, seminars and individual academic tutorials.

    There are around 800 students studying at RNCM each year, supported by around 450 staff so it’s an intimate experience where you will receive strong support throughout your studies.

    Naturally performance sits at the heart of the student experience at the RNCM. You will have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of performance activities including orchestral projects, opera, session orchestra, big band, chamber music and smaller-scale solo and duo opportunities. RNCM students also get the opportunity to perform to a public audience through their weekly lunchtime concerts in their 610 capacity Concert Hall.

    In short, it offers an unrivalled learning experience that develops the skills needed for you to become a professional musician.

    The RNCM offers its students that little bit extra, and when you stay in our RNCM accommodation, we do exactly the same thing.

  2. The campus

    The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is proud to be located in the world-leading city of Manchester, a centre for classical and contemporary music. The College and their staff, and students, are an integral part of the vibrant music scene in Manchester.

    The tuition is top-class, so why shouldn’t the campus be, too? The facilities at the RNCM are among some of the best in Europe and a lot of investment has gone into these to ensure that they remain competitive.

    As a purpose-built conservatoire, you will have access to excellent facilities, including world-class performance venues and a wealth of learning resources. In 2014, the RNCM completed a £7.1m development project to improve and expand the College’s diverse teaching, study, rehearsal and performance activities.

    For a start, the performance spaces at RNCM host hundreds of events per year to the adoring public in Manchester. The Platform is the RNCM’s international centre for ensemble and vocal training which provides over 400 opportunities each year for students to participate in auditions, rehearsals, education projects and public performances in the UK and Mainland Europe.

    Over the past decade, the RNCM has established strong partnerships with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, Manchester Camerata, the Black Dyke Band and Opera North.

    Now the College is proud to add the Academy of Ancient Music, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, European Chamber Academy, Foden’s Band, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, KorVest and the Orchestra of Opera North to the list, making The Platform one of the most sought-after schemes offered by a conservatoire.

    The RNCM accommodation that we provide puts you at the heart of Manchester as well as right on the doorstep of where the campus magic happens, so you can make the most of your student experience.

  3. Undergraduate study

    If you’re looking to embark upon your first degree, choosing an undergraduate programme that is the right level for you is essential.

    At the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) the undergraduate degrees have a completely vocational emphasis and you will learn to be not only proficient but at the top of your game.

    The degree experience is different to other institutions – you already know your subject inside out in order to be accepted, but you attend this prestigious institution to fine-tune your skills and develop professional ones, too.

    The RNCM offers programmes for both Classical and Popular Music students, and within the Classical programme, there is also the option for students to specialise in jazz and brass studies.

    When you study your first degree here, you’ll be supported by around 450 staff meaning you’ll be given intensive one-to-one tuition, and of course, a challenging but fun learning environment to really put your skills, creativity and drive to the test.

    You’ll be kept in regular contact with professional counterparts in your industry, so that you can really get on their radar. These relationships will be established thanks to opportunities provided by the RNCM.

    When you stay at our RNCM accommodation you’ll be able to meet the exciting demands which will be placed upon you whilst still getting to enjoy all the fun of being a student, and the experience it offers.

  4. Postgraduate study

    The RNCM Graduate School is a superb environment to pursue advanced studies in performance arts, including conducting, composition, musicology, music psychology, and music education.

    RNCM’s programmes are highly flexible and are carefully tailored to prepare you for the specific goals of your chosen career path, whether it is to be a professional performer or composer, music educator, researcher, community artist or – like an increasing number of successful graduates – an all-round expert musician.

    You can study plenty of postgraduate Masters Programmes, which are often internationally recognised. From Master of Music, Master of Performance to Conducting – the choice is yours.

    The RNCM’s desire to be outstanding is unrivalled, and there’s a real desire to provide the most qualified of students with the best possible assistance and support.

    You’ll be studying at one of the best institutions for continuing your development in the arts, so it only makes sense that you choose the best home to stay in whilst you attend – and our RNCM accommodation allows you to achieve your full potential.

Our closest residence to:

  • Liberty Heights 0.3 miles (walking) 0.5 miles (walking) 2.0 miles (walking) 0.5 miles (walking)
  • Liberty Living at Sir Charles Groves Hall 0.3 miles (walking) 0.1 miles (walking) 2.3 miles (walking) 0.1 miles (walking)
  • Liberty Point 0.7 miles (walking) 0.8 miles (walking) 1.5 miles (walking) 0.8 miles (walking)
  • Liberty Central 0.3 miles (walking) 0.1 miles (walking) 2.2 miles (walking) 0.5 miles (walking)
  • Liberty Park 1.2 miles (walking) 1.1 miles (walking) 2.2 miles (walking) 0.6 miles (walking)

Accommodation available in Manchester

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  1. Liberty Heights - Manchester

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    from £193.00 pw

    Liberty Heights is one of the city’s tallest towers offering amazing views across Manchester and beyond. This cosmopolitan city is known for its great shopping facilities, cafes, bars, restaurants and theatre, as well as some awesome nightlife.

    Liberty Heights is located on Great Marlborough Street and it’s super close to all of the action and the city’s universities – the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University – so you’ll always be able to make it to your lectures on time.

    Our student accommodation is fully inclusive of everything you’ll need to have the perfect student experience – that’s your bills, Wi-Fi and a gym, too.

  2. Liberty Living at Sir Charles Groves Hall - Manchester

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    from £186.00 pw

    If you want to stay somewhere smart and sleek throughout your student days, Sir Charles Grove Hall is the perfect choice. Located on Booth Street West just off Oxford Road, it’s close by to all of Manchester’s many reputable universities; including the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester, so you’ll always be able to make it to lectures on time.

    Manchester is one of those places where it’s almost impossible to be bored, and we put you right in the thick of all of the amazing things the city has to offer.

    When you return home each day you can sleep safe and sound in the knowledge that 24-hour security is included in your rent. You don’t have to worry about a thing here, because we include all your bills and Wi-Fi in the price, too.

  3. Liberty Point - Manchester

    0.7 miles (walking) 0.8 miles (walking) 1.5 miles (walking) 0.8 miles (walking)

    Liberty Point is a huge residence which will make it really easy for you to settle in and make new friends from all around the world. You’ll be close to all of the fantastic universities around the city, including Manchester Metropolitan University and the UCFB Etihad Campus, as well as all of the fun things to see and do.

    Manchester has an amazing range of cultural activities, awesome nightlife and tasty places to eat, and as Liberty Point is located centrally on Berry Street, you can immerse yourself in it all.

    Liberty Point is super safe and secure, because we have you covered with 24-hour security included in your rent. In fact, everything is included in your rent for ease – that’s your bills and Wi-Fi, too.

  4. Liberty Central - Manchester

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    This residence is fully let to our university partner.

    Liberty Central is just a stone’s throw away from Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music, and provides access to all the great local amenities and transport links which Manchester has to offer.

    Liberty Central itself is an exciting student hub and so is the city, which provides an abundance of things for you to see and explore, from shopping, museums and galleries to bars and local eateries.

    When you stay in our student accommodation, you can expect high standards as well as all-inclusive rent. You’ll always feel safe and secure at Liberty Central as our residence is served by CCTV and 24 hour security.

  5. Liberty Park - Manchester

    1.2 miles (walking) 1.1 miles (walking) 2.2 miles (walking) 0.6 miles (walking)
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    This residence is fully let to our university partner.

    Liberty Park is located in between the University of Manchester’s main campus and its Fallowfield Campus, and also provides close proximity to many of the other higher education establishments in Manchester.

    Manchester itself is a hub for students and with lots to do, so you’ll never be bored. The city has a wide range of local amenities and provides excellent retail therapy with the Manchester Arndale and Trafford Centre attracting large numbers of keen shoppers throughout the year.

    Liberty Park offers excellent facilities, and with CCTV and on-site security 24/7 – you’ll always feel safe and secure. To make things easier for you, all of your bills are included in your rent too.

Why choose Liberty Living?

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    The best choice for international students

    Coming to the UK to study from abroad? Welcome! We love catering to students from all over the world and learning a thing or two about their culture. Luckily, we’ve already got plenty of experience with this as we currently have around 4,500 international students staying with us, so you’re certainly not alone.

    When you stay with Liberty Living your safety is the most important thing to us. We understand that you’re a long way from home and you want to feel comfortable and secure at all times. We have amazing staff on hand 24 hours a day, from the Residence Team, right through to Security who’ll keep an eye out for you overnight as well as CCTV. Contents insurance covering your possessions is included as standard in your rent, so your stuff is protected, and any parcels you have delivered will be well looked after until you can come to collect them.

    Of course, we want you to have fun and make the most of your time here, too. You can always come to us with any problems, or even just for a chat. A new country can be confusing, so we’ve got loads of tips for things to do, too – just ask! Many of our staff members are multilingual, so don’t be shy if English isn’t your first language; if we can’t immediately offer support in your native tongue, we’ll point you in the direction of someone who can. We’ll do our best to help you settle in and make friends, and we can point you in the right direction for any visa, welfare or University advice you may need.

    We can’t wait to meet you!


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    Multi-award winning

    We think we’re pretty great – but don’t worry, we can back it up, we promise! We’ve won tons of awards and we’re eager to win more, so you know you’re in good hands. From ‘Best Customer Service’ to ‘Best Private Halls Provider’, we have our fair share of accolades, so take a look below…

    • Finalist ‘Best Individual Accommodation in the UK’ 2019

    • Awarded ‘Best Halls of Residence in the UK’ 2018

    • Awarded ‘International Accommodation Quality Mark’ from 2012 – 2017

    • Shortlisted 'Best Private Halls Provider' from 2014 – 2017

    • Winner 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2016

    • Shortlisted 'Best Student Broadband' 2016

    • Shortlisted 'Best Learning Environment' 2016

    • Winner of the 'Contribution to the Student Experience' award 2016

    • Winner of the Rate Your Landlord 'Improvement Impact Award' 2015

    • Winner 'Best Learning Environment' 2015

    • Winner 'Best Student Broadband' 2015

    • Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2015

    • Shortlisted 'Best Individual Accommodation' 2014

    • Winner of the 'Rate Your Landlord' survey 2014

    • Winner of the 'Best Hall of Residence of the Year' survey 2013

    • Winner 'Best Customer Service' 2012

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    Enhancing your Student Experience

    Our dedicated Student Experience programme has been created to ensure that every single one of you has the best stay possible when you live with us. Whether it is coming along to our social events and activities to meet new people, getting involved in fundraising and volunteering for some amazing charities, or popping along to drop in sessions to seek advice on finances, wellbeing and careers, we have something for you.

    We understand that University can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, but don’t worry our team are great at giving advice on and mediating in all kinds of welfare issues that you may experience, such as homesickness, difficulty in getting on with flatmates, noise complaints, relationship problems, partying too hard and having trouble with studies.

    Also, if you need more guidance, we have great relationships with our University partners and their support departments to help and guide you.

    Follow the link to find out more about our Student Experience programme.

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    Liberty Living operates in accordance with the National Code of Standards for student accommodation. The Code of Standards is run by ANUK (The Accreditation Network UK), the NUS, and Unipol Student Homes, and is supported by universities across the UK.

    Liberty Living joined the Code of Standards to give our students peace of mind. You can be assured that you will enjoy a high standard of living in accordance with the Code of Standards, and a prompt resolution to problems should they ever occur when you stay at any of Liberty Living’s residences.

    All of Liberty Living’s residences have been accredited by ANUK and run in accordance with the National Code of Standards.

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    Liberty Living follow a distinct set of standards for our student accommodation, called the ANUK/Unipol National Codes. The purpose of these Codes, (membership of which is voluntary), is to provide students with professional housing services.

    The standards chosen for the Codes reflect a balance of common sense obligations and responsibilities between landlords and tenants. They also reflect established best practice in the sector and are based on what an average student and their parents would expect of a good quality housing supplier. The standards are supported by the voice of students themselves through the National Union of Students.

    What does being a member of the codes mean?

    • Both parties can enjoy the benefits of good standards of housing management and practice.
    • Misunderstandings and disputes are reduced.
    • If problems do occur they can be promptly resolved.
    • The independent complaints procedure operated by the Codes can be used for complaint resolution.
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    Looking for somewhere to stay over the summer months?

    Stay with us this summer at one of our 46 residences across 17 cities in the UK. We offer both short-term and long-term stays.

    Whether you’re planning to work, study, shop, attend a conference or explore further afield, we’re the perfect base for an affordable city centre break and offer a wide range of room options.

    Did you know, you don't have to be a student to stay with us over the summer? All bills and internet access are included, and you’ll feel safe round-the-clock with our 24-hour security and on-site maintenance teams.

    Unfortunately our summer availability period has now ended, we will have availability again from the start of 2019 so watch this space!