Support from the RIBA

If you are thinking of studying to become an architect, or you’ve already commenced your training, then you’ll be aware that many challenges lie ahead.  The RIBA supports students in a number of ways, and here you can find out more about the services on offer and how these might be of benefit to you.

RIBA student membership

As an architecture student you represent the future of the profession. At the RIBA we understand the important position this puts you in and work hard to provide our student members with essential advice, tailored information and discounts that you will find invaluable on your journey to qualification.

Student membership to the RIBA is free and entitles you to benefits including:

  • free use of the RIBA library and Information centre
  • 10% discount at RIBA bookshops in store and online
  • preferential rates for seminars and lectures at the RIBA
  • monthly RIBA Student newsletter featuring information about the latest architectural events taking place

To qualify for membership you will need to be studying on an RIBA validated Part 1 or 2 course (including year out) at a school of architecture in the UK or overseas.

Apply online for student membership

Student funding

The RIBA administers a number of funding schemes to support current Part 1 and Part 2 students, as well as graduates undertaking practical experience or further research opportunities.  You can also find further guidance on the statutory funding in the form of loans and grants, that may be available to you. 

Architecture qualifications

The process by which the RIBA recognises qualifications in architecture is known as validation.  The RIBA validates qualifications at over 45 schools of architecture and other alternative courses providers in the UK, as well as many more around the world.  If you want to know more about where you can study architecture, and the rigorous process involved in validating qualifications, the information in our Qualifications section will be useful.

RIBA Education Department contacts

We hope that you can find the information you require on the RIBA website, but we are also happy to respond to individual queries.  Please contact the appropriate staff member for further assistance.