About the School

Students walking into Sundial Court


London and the Guildhall School

The Guildhall School enjoys a location in the very heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Next door to the Silk Street building is the Barbican Arts Centre with its theatres, cinemas, concert hall, library and art gallery, home to such institutions as the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The Guildhall School is also within easy distance of the West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre on the South Bank, the Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and all the major galleries.

There is an abundance of free entertainment on offer in London, and as a student, you are entitled to concessions on virtually all entertainment tickets, plus discounts in many shops and restaurants as well as major exclusive discounts on important items such as Tube and bus travel.



Sundial Court, the School's hall of residence, is located in Chiswell Street, just around the corner from the Silk Street building. Sundial Court has 177 bedrooms in thirty-nine flats, each with either three, four, five or six bedrooms.

Each flat has a communal kitchen with dining area, shower room and separate toilet. Most bedrooms are large enough to accommodate an upright piano and are furnished to a high standard. All rooms are equipped with internet access. There are some wheelchair accessible flats which also include fittings such as ramps, railings, emergency pull cords, and sliding doors. There is also a Deaf Alerter system for the hard of hearing.

Music students may practise in their bedrooms during permitted hours. Local amenities, including supermarkets, bars, restaurants and sports facilities are all within easy walking distance. Two underground stations are within minutes of the residence. Underneath the accommodation is the Basement, which houses the School Bar, a self-serve laundry, practice rooms and a communal television room.

Security & Support
Security is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. In addition, a team of Residential Wardens, comprising five current students, lives in the building to provide pastoral support and to respond to any emergency situations or complaints outside of office hours. A key part of their role is to encourage a sense of community amongst residents and throughout the year they organise a range of social activities, from market trips to museum visits, film nights to exercise clubs. 

With a total of 177 rooms, it is not possible to offer a place at Sundial Court to every student. However, every attempt is made to provide accommodation for first year undergraduate students. All those offered a place on a full-time course of study at the Guildhall School are welcome to apply. (Part-time students with medical or disability needs are also eligible).

Weekly cost of accommodation at Sundial Court in 2014-15 is £140.00 per week.

Sundial Court is also available for hire during vacations.

External accommodation
Further information on external halls of residence, hostels, private lodgings and rooms to rent in shared houses may be obtained from the Student Life Officer. Students may also add their name to a list of Guildhall students who wish to share accommodation with other students.

Full details about Sundial Court and external accommodation options will be sent out to students once they have been offered a place at the Guildhall School.

The location of the School within the City of London and being close to London's theatre life is a great advantage!

Karin Singh
BA Technical Theatre Arts

One of the most attractive things about the School is the variety of people and cultures, helping me to feel at home.

Susana Gaspar
Postgraduate Vocal Studies

London is a cosmopolitan city, so I have the opportunity to experience many different cultures which broaden my artistic horizons.

Ella Rundle
BMus Cello

When you walk into Guildhall, the whole foyer feels alive and bustling. It’s this atmosphere that got me to accept my place here.

Katharina Houy
BA Technical Theatre Arts

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