Guildhall School of Music and Drama Finance

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Finance

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Finance

Fees and funding

Studying at the Guildhall School is affordable and the School is committed to ensuring that the cost of tuition should not deter you from applying. There are a number of measures in place to help you meet the cost:

  • If you are a UK/EU undergraduate student eligible for a UK government tuition fee loan, there are no upfront tuition fees. You will only have to repay the loan once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per year
  • For all other students, tuition fees for a given academic year are advertised well in advance to help you plan your finances, and you can pay your fees in three instalments (plus deposit in year one). Applicants are advised to start looking for funding as soon as they decide to apply for a programme of study 
  • The School offers a wide range of scholarships to all students through its own Scholarship Fund

Download a complete list of fees for 2016/17 (PDF, 106KB) for subject-specific fees and part-time rates.

Download a complete list of fees for 2017/18 (PDF, 106KB) for subject-specific fees and part-time rates.

For prior year fee schedules, please see our Policies Page.

FAQ: I’m an EU student – how will the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect the fees I will pay?

Study costs

There are three costs associated with study at the Guildhall School:

  • Tuition fees
    These are the annual fees for students commencing or continuing their studies. The headline fees for 2017/18 are given in the relevant undergraduate and postgraduate pages and the full fee schedule for 2017/18 is now available
  • Course-related costs
    Course-related costs may range from £130 to £1,500 per year depending upon the programme. Please contact the department directly for further details. 
  • Living costs
    Living in London (accommodation, food and travel) is likely to cost £1,050 to £1,265 a month. 


Tier 4 (General) Student visa financial requirements

The Home Office/UKVI requires that students applying for a visa to study in the UK can demonstrate that they have the means to pay their tuition fees and living costs. This is demonstrated by holding at least the first year’s tuition fees plus an additional £11,385 for ‘maintenance’ (or living costs). More information about visa applications can be found on our International Student page and the Home Office website.

Fee Status and Fee Assessment

To find out if you are eligible for the ‘home’ (UK/EU) rate of tuition fees, please see our Fee Assessment page for details on how fee status is assessed for students attending university in England. Further guidance on funding, fee status and other issues is available from


Please note that if you already have a degree or diploma at or above the level of the programme you wish to study at the Guildhall School and would usually pay UK and EU (non-UK) fees, you will be classified as an ELQ student. This means you will be liable to pay the full overseas fee rate.  For more information please see our ELQ page.

Tuition Fee Payment

Postgraduate students and overseas or ELQ undergraduate students will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure their place on the course before enrolment. The non-refundable deposit is 15% of the full year’s tuition fee and the payment deadline for courses starting in September 2017 is 15 July 2017. Payments can be made online via the eGo Portal or by contacting the Finance Office.

Tuition fees are due in advance or can be paid by instalments on the first day of each term.