Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Welcome to Antwerp!

This vibrant international city sits in the heart of Belgium, offering rich history, avant-garde culture and the ever-evolving international campus at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (RCA).

RCA is a  treasure trove: from an expert production team to the interdisciplinary projects spanning dance, theatre, music, acting and composition. As you explore the state-of-the-art facilities, including five concert/theatre halls and an extensive library boasting over 650,000 volumes, every corner becomes a canvas for your artistic expression. RCA’s partnerships with leading ensembles and cultural institutions promise an immersive artistic journey especially when deSingel is right on campus.

Antwerp has an exciting atmosphere that feels both historic and contemporary all at once with its stunning architecture and busy nightlife. There is inspiration on every corner of this fashion capital that boasts countless museums and art galleries. It is also the perfect place to relax with your fellow students and hang out on the banks of the Scheldt River, maybe sharing Belgium’s famous frietjes (fries) and beer. Come be inspired by Antwep!


Royal Conservatoire Antwerp
Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel. +32 3 244 18 00

STAN + Take off Antwerp + International students office
Kleine Kauwenberg 15
2000 Antwerpen
T +32 3 292 31 70
[email protected]


Since its foundation in 1898, the Conservatoire has been at the forefront of the development of music, dance and theatre culture in Flanders and far beyond.


Full overview of requirements here:

EEA nationals (European Union + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, Monaco), Swiss nationals currently do not need a visa to enter Belgium.

Belgian immigration law requires most non-EEA nationals (Since Brexit, UK nationals are considered non-EEA nationals) who come to study to apply for a student visa before coming to Belgium. Students who intend to stay longer than 90 days should not enter Belgium on a tourist visa.

A short-stay visa (type C) allows the holder to travel between and stay freely in all of the Schengen area member countries. This visa, also known as the Schengen visa, is only applicable to a short stay of maximum 90 days (in any 180-day period). Students holding a residence card issued by another Schengen country, which is still valid until after their return to their country of residence/home country, may enter and stay in Belgium without a visa for maximum 90 days (in any 180-day period).

A long-stay visa (type D) is also called Authorisation for Provisional Sojourn (in Dutch: Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf). It allows the holder to enter Belgium for a period longer than 90 days

Arrival & Services

From Brussels airport, there is a 35 minute train to Antwerp Central Station. From there, it is a 20 minute tram or bus to RCA

  • Expertise in physical therapy and prevention
  • Production team: Specialists in sound, lighting, video and scenography.
  • ICT support
  • Access to catalogues and databases and a unique library:
  • Lending service: Scores and books on music, dance, theatre and literature.
  • Student Counselling: Counsellors assist students in matters ranging from application and job searching to support through emotional distress.
  • Language support: Our multilingualism coordinator,  [email protected] offers new students multiple options to be able to study in Antwerp without a language barrier. While the programme is in English, students can take Dutch courses for all levels both in person or online.
  • GATE15, a physical and online platform for and by students that offers various places to study around the city and a constant stream of support about all things Antwerp.
  • The conservatoire’s student council is the council that represents the interests of students of all disciplines. The council has a delegation in the School of Arts’ council and in STUVO AP.
  • The SPHINX Students’ Party committee brings together students from all sections of the conservatoire and organises parties, concerts, BBQ’s, and more.



  • 5 in-house concert/theatre halls, 72 classrooms/ study rooms, a recording studio, a heritage library with a modern reading room, a physical therapist, a foyer and a grand café.
  • Rehearsal and practice spaces are available from 8 am to 11 pm + at the weekend between 12 noon and 6 pm. The possibility of making an online reservation of a rehearsal space.
  • A student restaurant with sandwiches, salad bar, homemade soup, warm meals, fruit, coffee, and candy.
  • Venues: The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp has 5 concert- and theatre halls. White hall, Yellow hall, Black hall, Topstudio
  • Library:  The extensive collection of our library comprises approximately 650,000 volumes and items and is the largest music library in Flanders. The oldest work is a Gregorian manuscript from the end of the 13th century, the most recent works were composed, so to speak, yesterday.
  • Discounted prices for deSingel performance tickets for all RCA students.
  • Associated and Professional Partnerships: Having the following professional, leading ensembles and cultural institutions together on one campus ensures a vibrant artistic dynamic: Arts campus DE SINGEL, I Solisti del Vento, Spiegel String Quartet, Eastman, Champ d’Action, Study centre for Flemish music, Youth and Music Antwerp, Sabbattini and the Flemish Architecture Institute.
    Yearly renewal of collaborations with foreign training programmes and conservatories including DE SINGEL, Toneelhuis, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, De Tijd, Opera Flanders, Eastman Dance Company, Piano’s Maene, Jazz Middelheim, VRT, International Opera Academy and Rataplan, among others.
    Full list here:

Housing and Living

Cost of Student Living: 780-1230 euros per month with breakdown:

Student kot: between 200-400 euros.

Rent a room in a shared apartment: 600-700 euros.

Food costs: between 300-400 euros.

Transport DeLijn Monthly Transport pass: Until age of 24, 33 euros per month. Ages 25 and above, 49 euros per month

Velo City Bikes: 44 euros per month with student discount, or 12 euros per week.

Gyms 10-15 minute walk: Wezenberg Fit, Basic Fit, JIMS Fitness Antwerp. And the swimming pool. Students receive discount in multiple sports venues.