London is one of the most beautiful, diverse, cosmopolitan, exciting cities in the world

Living and studying here is an experience unlike any other. With the best culture, entertainment and nightlife on your doorstep, one thing you can guarantee is that you’ll never be bored.

London is brimming with both history and innovation, and the Academy is situated at the heart of it all. Regent’s Park is just around the corner, and within walking distance are Wigmore Hall, Oxford Street, the theatres of the West End and the bars and restaurants of Soho. Jump on a Tube or a bus and in 20 minutes you can be enjoying the buzz of the South Bank or the eclectic mix of market stalls, food and live music in Camden.

Creative inspiration is everywhere. Take a break from your studies to see world-class soloists, bands, orchestras and singers performing in venues across London, or head to one of the city’s many theatres, galleries, clubs, bars, parks or museums.

Whatever your passions and interests, in London you’ll find somewhere to enjoy them and people to share them with.

How much will it cost to live in London?

This depends on many factors, including your own lifestyle. It’s impossible to put an exact figure on it, but here are some indicative costs based on two students.

You can read more about managing your money on our Fees and Funding pages.

These are the typical essential monthly costs of Student A, who lives in a house share with friends:

  • Accommodation: £777
  • Bills: £36
  • Food: £200
  • Travel: £125
  • Socialising: £120 to £240
  • Course costs (such as sheet music, stationery and going to concerts): £0 to £120 (depending on the month)
  • Extras (such as laundry, shampoo/shower gel, clothes and haircuts): £0 to £120 (depending on the month)
  • Total: £1,258 to £1,618 per month

Top tip

Don’t forget about musical instrument insurance and the cost of getting your instrument overhauled. They’re not everyday expenses, but need to be factored into your budget.

These are the typical essential monthly costs of Student B, who lives in halls:

  • Accommodation in halls, including bills: £963 (for 10 months)
  • Food: £120
  • Travel: £63 (bus pass only, as the accommodation is close to the Academy)
  • Socialising: £170
  • Course costs (such as reeds, concert clothes, tickets to concerts, sheet music and books): £85
  • Extras (such as toiletries, laundry/detergent and clothes): £45
  • Total: £1,446

Top tip

If you're an international student, remember to budget for flights home, too. There’s also the cost of visas and the immigration health surcharge to factor in.