UCAS Conservatoires: finance and support

Not sure how to pay for your performance-based course, or how you’ll cope during your studies? Don’t worry, there’s a range of support available.
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In terms of finance, UCAS is only involved in the application fee and collecting audition fees, but we’ll explain all the conservatoire costs here.

Student finance

Higher education is a big investment, so you may need a student or career development loan – which you’re advised to apply for three months before your course starts. You might be eligible for additional funding from other organisations too.


Student support

Conservatoires can offer support in many ways – from any worries or anxieties you have to issues with accommodation, student visas, impairments, or care leavers.

Disabled students and care leavers 

Conservatoires have different ways they can support you in higher education – see our support for individual needs section.


Preparing for your studies

Here’s a checklist for you to make sure you’re ready for the start of your course.

Are there any other offer conditions you need to meet?

Apart from waiting for exam results, check whether you need to do anything else to get your place.

Your conservatoire might have given you further requirements, like health or financial requirements, DBS checks or proof of your qualifications.

Are you prepared financially?

If you have a student loan or funding, check that all the details are sorted.

Go to our managing money area for advice on student bank accounts, budgeting, debts and balancing work with your studies – including work opportunities your conservatoire could help you with.

Do you have somewhere to live?

If you’re going somewhere new make sure you’ve got somewhere to live, and think ahead to insurance, bills, supplies and a TV licence. Contact your conservatoire if you need to arrange accommodation – even if you’re waiting for exam results, it’s best to check where you could live if you do get the place.

Have you thought about transport?

If you’re moving away, you’ll need to plan your moving day and how you’re getting there, as well as what transport routes you might need to get to your campus.

Have you looked into the social options?

It’s a good idea to research the area, the students’ union and read blogs from other applicants and students to get advice about the social possibilities.

Is there anything you need to buy or do before your course starts?

Do you need to get any course materials or do any preparatory reading or practice over summer?


Stay safe!

It’s important to keep yourself safe wherever you are, but especially so when you’re somewhere new, like at a conservatoire. Student houses are often brimming with the latest tech and gadgets, making them an easy target for criminals. Stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your stuff at all times! Here are ten top tips from the police for staying safe during your studies:

  1. Make sure your doors and windows are always locked securely. Don’t let opportunist burglars get in!
  2. Leaving keys, phones, laptops, or any other gadgets out on display can be like an invitation to burglars, so keep them hidden away.
  3. Not expecting visitors? Don’t answer your door to anyone you don’t know or aren’t expecting!
  4. Keep a list and photos of your personal property, including serial numbers and descriptions. In most cases, insurance companies won’t pay out unless you can prove your claim, so sending them photos/precise descriptions of your stolen items will help. You can use an ultraviolet pen to mark your property – this is invisible to the naked eye, but can be detected with a special light.
  5. Always back up your personal data and course work to a separate source, in case your laptop gets stolen or broken.
  6. Heading on a night out? Make sure everyone gets home safely and no-one is left by themselves.
  7. Each area of the UK has its own safety initiatives, and the police often visit campuses for you to talk to them about any safety concerns you might have.
  8. Think about your online presence and what other people can see about you. Set your privacy settings accordingly if you only want family and friends to see your posts. Visit www.getsafeonline.org for more guidance.
  9. Worry your housemate is struggling with drink or drugs? Take a look at www.talktofrank.com for advice.
  10. Spotted a crime in process? Call 999 straight away! Want to report a crime which has already happened? Call 101.

The different police forces across the UK will be able to provide you with specific advice about the area you’re living in and what they can do to help you. Find your neighbourhood.