Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Sarah Al-Aride

Student Life Officer

The information on this page was last updated on 8 August 2019.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

Student affairs is the advice and support service for all students at the school. Our friendly and experienced team is dedicated to promoting student wellbeing, and helping individuals make the most of their time at the school. Students can access a valuable range of services, designed to meet your academic and welfare needs in order to support your professional and personal development. You can email for more information. Student affairs offers:

  • Confidential advice and guidance, including pre-enrolment consultation and support. 
  • Free services and funding for external referrals where required. 
  • Specialist in-house services including counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, learning support, physiotherapy.
  • A friendly team of experienced professionals dedicated to the wellbeing of students. 

Students can also access support at the student union, which is committed to enhancing the student experience and promoting student wellbeing. You can contact them at

Care leavers are guaranteed accommodation in our halls of residence during the academic year (September to July) for the duration of their undergraduate programme, if requested. Student affairs will also offer assistance in finding suitable accommodation for the summer holiday where required.

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

UK undergraduate care leavers (as well as estranged and independent students) can apply for the Guildhall access bursary. For 2018/19, there are a maximum of 15 bursary awards, valued between £3,000-£5,000. Evidence of eligibility has to be received by 1st July 2018 in order to be considered. For further information regarding eligibility and the application process, please contact the student funding officer at:

Care leavers can apply to our hardship fund. The panel meet four times per term, decisions are made on the day, and successful recipients receive their funding approximately five working days later. Amounts vary. Sue Cowan, head of student affairs, is your main point of contact regarding the hardship fund. You can email her on:

Students seeking asylum, or with discretionary leave to remain, are eligible to apply for Guildhall School scholarships, and the head of the relevant academic department would have discretion to apply fee waivers where appropriate.

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