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.
- How much an undergraduate course costs and how to get finance and funding
- How much a postgraduate course costs and how to get finance and funding
- How to repay your loan after your course
Conservatoires can offer support in many ways – from any worries or anxieties you have to issues with accommodation, student visas, impairments, or care leavers.
- Use your students’ union to join socials, activities and societies
- Get support for worries or concerns about conservatoire life
Disabled students and care leavers
Conservatoires have different ways they can support you in higher education – see our support for individual needs section.
International and EU students
You might need to arrange a student visa to study in the UK.
- If so, you’ll need to prove your English language skills, and make an application through UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
- Your conservatoire will help you to apply, and you can enter your passport details here on ucas.com when you fill in your application or after you have submitted it.
If you have any concerns about starting your conservatoire course, just make sure you’re prepared.
- Make a schedule and arrange any childcare you need.
- Ask for help if there are any skills you need to update.
- Take time to settle in and talk to other students and support staff.
Independent students who have no contact with their family
If you're applying for student finance through Student Finance England or Wales
If you are an independent student and you're estranged from your parents, you can find information about support, financing your studies and accommodation options in the StandAlone student guide.
Preparing for your studies
Here’s a checklist for you to make sure you’re ready for the start of your course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you need to get any course materials or do any preparatory reading or practice over summer?
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:
- Make sure your doors and windows are always locked securely. Don’t let opportunist burglars get in!
- Leaving keys, phones, laptops, or any other gadgets out on display can be like an invitation to burglars, so keep them hidden away.
- Not expecting visitors? Don’t answer your door to anyone you don’t know or aren’t expecting!
- 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.
- Always back up your personal data and course work to a separate source, in case your laptop gets stolen or broken.
- Heading on a night out? Make sure everyone gets home safely and no-one is left by themselves.
- 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.
- 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.
- Worry your housemate is struggling with drink or drugs? Take a look at www.talktofrank.com for advice.
- 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.