Facilities and Equipment

Conservatorium students have access to first-class facilities and equipment, including five performance venues and more than 130 teaching and practice studios.

Student and Staff Card Programing

Programing rooms on staff and student cards is now processed by Security Services on Main Campus to align with Uni Policy.

This process is managed by Grant Crompton (Campus Manager) and Guy McEwan (Venue Ops Manager). Rodney Boatwright (Facilities Support Officer) will be able to check card access.

When a new staff member is appointed Heggy Odeh (HR Officer) will email their details to Guy and Grant and the card will be programed to access all staff rooms, seminar, ensemble rooms and bookable studios (i.e. those not permanently allocated to a staff member). If a staff member is allocated to a permanent studio or office, this detail will be included in the email.

Every year Student cards will be programed to access the building during opening hours and to common areas such as the locker room. At this time Chairs of Unit will email the list of students for access to specialised rooms to be added to their card (e.g. early music room, piano land, bass room, jazz studio, percussion studio, organ practice room etc.).

If your students currently don’t have access to specific rooms please send this information through to Guy and Grant. No student will be given access to any room without this express permission from the Chair responsible.

The required information is:
Student ID number
Student first and last name
The room/s you are permitting them to access.

Please send this through to both and .

Performance Venues

Verbrugghen Hall, the largest performance venue, is a world-class concert hall seating 500. The 250-seat Music Workshop is the most versatile venue, featuring a flexible stage making it suitable for a variety of performances. Twin recital halls, each seating 120, are used for lectures, seminars, masterclasses with visiting artists and public recitals given by Conservatorium staff and students. The Music Café is the smallest performance space, combining an intimate performance stage with a fully serviced dining area.

Practice Studios

Students are encouraged to make use of the Conservatorium’s 70 acoustically treated practice rooms, and no booking is required. Students can also use ensemble rehearsal spaces which need to be booked. Keyboard students requiring the use of a grand piano, as well as Double Bass, Harp and Harpsichord students, may request special access to teaching studios.

Computing and Electronic Music Studio Facilities

The Conservatorium’s music technology facilities include two computer labs and seven specialist sound/video production/composition studios available to all enrolled students and staff. The Music Technology computers are all Macintosh computers with specialist music composition, recording, music education and research software/hardware designed to service the course work and research needs of students and staff.

An ICT Computer Access Lab is located in the Conservatorium Library providing additional IT facilities to students and staff. The University's Information Technology Services (ITS) provides all students with an email account free of charge. You can access your email from any open-access computer on campus (specifically those located in Access Centres).


The Conservatorium Library houses a vast collection of books, scores, CDs, audio visual material and videos for loan to students.


The Conservatorium also has a limited stock of instruments that students can hire for a modest fee.


A limited number of instrument and bag lockers are available in the Conservatorium building.

Terms of hire for student lockers

Lockers are available free of charge to students on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for a locker for 2017, please complete the Student Lockers Policy and Procedures form, and lodge the form with the Facilities Officer in the Venues Office by 15 February 2017.
Guidelines on using Lockers

You will be issued a locker based on availability of size and suitability to your requirements.

Lockers are provided for the convenience of students. Whilst the Conservatorium has full time security, items left in lockers are done so at the hirer’s own risk and any such items are not covered by University insurance. The insurance of any such items is the sole responsibility of the hirer.

Allocation of these lockers is carried out on a first come first serve basis. The Facilities Manager reserves the right to exercise discretion in these matters and may accommodate a request to hold a locker upon an evaluation of a written request should the circumstances warrant it.

Hire period is 15 February to 9 December 2017.

Lockers are not available for use during the long semester break.

Click on the link for details on how to access the facilities mentioned above.