A home for creative talent and a gateway to so much more.


With a long-standing rich arts and educational heritage, the Surrey market town of Guildford is fast becoming a cultural, commercial and learning destination. With a buzzing live music scene, large student population and just a short 30 minute journey from central London, it is the ideal location for beginning your music industry education.

A variety of highly regarded independent education providers (such as the Guildford School of Acting, Performance Preparation Academy and Italia Conti) are based in the town as well as the University of Surrey with 15,000 students of its own, making Guildford the perfect environment for study, but also for finding creative inspiration and meeting like-minded people.

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Combining the security and charm of a small town with all the vibrancy of a city, Guildford is very well serviced with a huge selection of shops, restaurants, live music venues and sports facilities.

There’s so much to do and so much music variety around the town, with lots of great venues to check out.”

Caitlin McAllister Business Degree Alumna

Guildford has a vibrant nightlife scene catering to the town’s large student community. The town is bustling with clubs, bars, pubs and dedicated music venues of all sizes from The Boileroom, a 200 capacity live events space, to G-Live, a 1,700 capacity venue.

ACM’s immersive education experience extends into those spaces in the evenings and weekends, providing performance, production, technical and business opportunities for students at more than 60 live events that we are involved with every month. In fact, it’s hard to find a night in Guildford that doesn’t involve ACM in some form.

Despite its vibrant nightlife and the urban benefits of such a well-served town, Guildford has one of the lowest crime rates in the United Kingdom.

Being only a 30-minute train journey from London, students regularly travel for performance and work opportunities. With trains running every 15 minutes throughout the day, Guildford is also well connected for travel by road, benefitting from a 15-minute link time to the M25.

Facilities: Guildford

Spread across six buildings, all situated within close proximity,
our central Guildford campus is a unique centre for learning.

The Rodboro Buildings – Level 2

Located on the top floor of The Rodboro Buildings, this is our main teaching facility with over twenty teaching, recording and rehearsal studios, including:

  • Roger Taylor Zildjian Studio
  • Steve Vai Guitar Studio
  • Chad Smith Drum Studio
  • Fender Teaching Studio
  • Teaching Control Studio
  • Music IT Suite

Click the ‘hotspots’ on the map for more info about each room, and check out our 3D walkthrough of the Rodboro Building below..


The Rodboro Buildings – Level 1

Located on the first floor of The Rodboro Buildings.


The Artist Development Centre (ADC)

Opposite The Rodboro Buildings and Global House sits ACM’s Artist Development Centre (ADC). Here you will find lots more teaching, recording and rehearsal studios, including:

  • Demo Theatre
  • Music IT Suite 3
  • Pro Control Studio
  • Rehearsal Studio Pods

Click the ‘hotspots’ on the map for more info about each room.


Student Union | Green Room

Go into the YMCA and head downstairs, The Green Room is on the left and is sign posted.

Here you will find

  • Subsidised student meals
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • A place to chill out
  • Access Free Wifi
  • Network with other students
  • Perform on the acoustic stage

Global House

Set on the bank of the River Wey and stacked over four floors, the Global House facilities are where our staff and tutors can be found.



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The Electric Theatre

The Electric Theatre is a large capacity venue which ACM use for our End of Year Showcases and other events throughout the year.

The auditorium has our amazing HK line array soundsystem installed, and features HK monitors, theatre lighting rig, backstage area and tiered seating. ACM’s dedicated Electric Theatre backline includes a variety of mixing desks, outboard signal processors, an array of stage microphones, Marshall, Fender, Cornford and Aguilar amplifiers, Yamaha and Korg keyboards, drum risers and staging.

Our End Of Year Showcases, which take place at the end of the academic year, opens this facility up for students invite friends and family to see a real professional performance, which constitutes part of their final examination.

Located directly opposite our main Rodboro Building, the Electric Theatre grants our students a practical insight into the world of live performance.


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Contact ACM Guildford

The Academy of Contemporary Music
Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

Tel: 01483 500 841
Email: admissions@acm.ac.uk