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.
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.
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.