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Urdang Academy

Urdang provides exceptional performing arts training and access to a vibrant community in London, one of the world’s great cities.

By day our students train with inspiring and talented faculty and tutors to become elite performers, prepared for the performing arts industry. But with such a diverse set of experiences and activities at our doorstep, there are endless advantages to living in such a central location and training at Urdang’s urban campuses.

Living in central London isn’t as expensive as you might think!

Generally our students do not live in high-priced Islington, but in other more affordable surrounding areas. The Academy’s central location makes it incredibly accessible, with London’s world-class transportation network making it quick and easy to reach Urdang by bus, underground or train.

Imagine having the West End in your backyard?

Not only are we a top supplier for West End casting directors, the West End is in our backyard! With both of Urdang’s campuses only a short tube ride, 30-minute walk or a handful of bus stops from the West End, students are never far from the action. Sadler’s Wells is also just down the road making it easy to be inspired by the numerous shows on offer.


Students 18 and over

The Academy participates in Transport for London’s Student Discount Scheme. This provides travel discounts on TFL and National Rail Services within the Greater London area. To apply go to (see 18+Student). Students will need their unique student number which can be found on their invoice. See Transport for London website click here.

Students under 18

Students are eligible for a young person’s card and can apply online at or pick up a form at a post office.

Please note that online applications for both of the above schemes close on the 31st of July and open on the 1st of September. You will not be able to apply until the scheme re-opens on 1st September and after you have enrolled on the course.


There are a variety of student halls and hostels available all over London. We survey current students about their accommodation and also visit various student accommodation locations to ensure they are suitable for our students.

We can provide a list of accommodation options and advice based on these surveys. However, we cannot accept any responsibility for accommodation taken up by students. Students are advised to always ensure they visit any accommodation they intend to live in until they have signed a contract BEFORE they hand over any deposit money.

Students can log on to the Academy Facebook page: ‘Starting Urdang Academy 20** ’ where they will find information about other students wishing to share accommodation or who have rooms available to rent.

Please contact our Pastoral Liaison Officer, Tracy Coupe for further information.

Key Dates

Summer Courses

Pre Audition Course
Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018

Connect Summer School
Monday 30th July 2018 - Friday 3rd August 2018
Monday 6th August 2018 - Friday 10th August 2018

Connect UK Summer School
Monday 13th August 2018 - Friday 17th August 2018

Term Dates


Term starts: Monday 10th September 2018

Half term: week commencing Monday 22nd October 2018

End of Term: Wednesday 19th December 2018


Welcome to Urdang Academys online application system. Here you can apply and manage your:

  • Open day
  • Application for full-time course and
  • Auditions

At each stage we will e-mail you to notify you where you are in the application process and what steps you need to take next.

Confused about the application process?…

Find out how it works