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Free RIBA Student Membership

RIBA Student Membership 2021

Reach your full potential

We provide support for your studies and give you opportunities to learn from the best, with access to specialist resources and mentoring.

RIBA Student Members can apply for a range of Bursaries as well as having exclusive access to our Member Information Service for advice. On your journey to becoming a RIBA Chartered Architect, join our community of local and global architects and built environment professionals. The greater our numbers, the louder our voice, join us for FREE today.

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The benefits of free student membership

As a student on a RIBA recognised Part 1 or 2 course or during a year out between Part 1 and Part 2, you are entitled to FREE membership.

RIBA Student Membership 2021

Learn from inspiring projects and get everyday practical support

Access support and resources to help you deal with a wide variety of issues. You can:

  • unlock a selection of professional features on, written by architects and other experts
  • unlock advice and guidance on career resilience, getting the best out of your portfolio, confidently presenting your projects, impressing at interview, or just figuring out what steps to take next to open up the best opportunities just for you
  • access the Student Mentoring Programme and join more than 1,000 students learning from and being inspired by more than 570 RIBA Chartered Members across 345 RIBA Chartered Practices
  • receive monthly original published content packed with practical advice for students 
  • access exclusive digital and telephone access to our solution focused Information Service team, who will listen carefully to what you need and connect you with the guidance that’s right for you
  • talk to the RIBA team nearest to you for help and advice, network with your peers at hundreds of digital and face to face events or connect with your region, your local branch or RIBA Chapter overseas
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RIBA Student Membership 2021

Get a fresh perspective on architecture and learn from the industry leaders

We provide in-depth insight and analysis on professional issues, ensuring you always know what’s going on. As a RIBA Student Member, you can:

  • access hundreds of hours of free extra learning content as well as 20% discount on the cost of paid as you go expert learning you need to stay on top of your game. RIBA Academy offers a wide range of topics including fire safety, ethics law, marketing, finance, legislation, GDPR and building regulations
  • access the RIBA Core CPD Programme around the country for just £18 per seminar
  • receive up to a 20% discount on the cost of other professional events where you can discover new ways to take opportunities and overcome challenges or just be inspired by other great architects
  • access exclusive RIBA Student Member only events
  • join over 6,500 visitors to the Library at 66 Portland Place and the Study Room at the V&A, benefiting from the world's largest architectural library
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RIBA Student Membership 2021

Celebrate academic excellence in architecture

We reward talent, promote innovation, and encourage excellence in architecture. This includes:

  • access to competitions and opportunities to get your work promoted online, in exhibitions and in RIBA publications
  • our Part 1 and Part 2 scholarships, bursaries and Student Support Fund provide the financial support for the students who need it most. We allocate over £200,000 every year, through our scholarships, bursaries and Student Support Fund
  • access to RIBA Student Awards and Presidents Medals, rewarding talent and promoting innovation in architectural education
  • stand for election to RIBA National Council
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RIBA Student Membership 2021

Add your voice and make a difference in the world

  • as a RIBA Student Member, you will add your voice to a global membership of over 50,000 individuals, supporting the institute in our progressive campaigns on big issues like diversity and inclusion in architecture and the climate emergency
  • support the conservation and safeguarding of one of the world’s biggest architectural collections and ensure we reach out to the public with engaging exhibitions all year round
  • help us deliver architectural workshops for thousands of children in schools all over the country
  • demonstrating your commitment to the highest standards in education will support others to take the same journey you have to be the architect you are today
  • you can stand for election to RIBA National Council
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Join now

RIBA Student Membership is free and available to those studying RIBA Parts 1 or 2 (or are in their year out between Part 1 and Part 2) at a RIBA validated school of architecture anywhere in the world. If you have already passed your Part 1, you now also have the option to upgrade to paid for RIBA Affliate Membership if you want to.


Get in touch

Contact the RIBA Membership Development team:

Already a member? Contact the RIBA Information Centre's dedicated line with your membership number ready +44 (0)20 7307 3600

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