RHS Student Membership : How to apply

This is something that comes up every year.  

If you are studying with us you are entitled to apply for student membership of the RHS, which is £10 per year.

I think  this doesn't allow you to take a companion into RHS gardens like regular membership, but it does give you free access to the RHS gardens and partner gardens for yourself, access to shows on 'members only' days, AND the annual subscription to The Garden which alone is worth more than £10.

To qualify the RHS ask for a student number, or a proof of enrolment. We don't assign you a student number of our own, as we don't need any more bureacracy than the RHS already requires...

You can download an application form for student membership from the RHS website here.

I've been in touch with the RHS about the simplest way to confirm your student status.  My suggestion is that

1. you change your password  for the online classroom and then

2. you forward your original enrolment email to membership@rhs.org.uk with the membership form to explain that you are applying for student membership.

They have agreed that the enrolment email is proof of student status, so all you need is to email them the form and the enrolment info.

If anyone asks for the Centre number, for BEST at Ryton Gardens and at Bampton this is 030380, and for North Moreton 060650.

They will respond (within about five days they say) to agree you are a genuine student and ask you for money.

BEST and student information

We log your user name and original password as our record of your enrolment, and this (with your online email and original payment confirmation) is how your identity is stored in our files.

If you have not already changed your password, I suggest this is a good time to change it to something memorable ( 8 letters minimum, at least one capital, one number, one 'other'), save it somewhere safe,  and then send the email to the RHS.  Please do not send the email without changing your password!

If at any stage you lose or forget your password, I will always restore your original for you so that you can reset it yourself.  I cannot see the password you have set, that's why I will always reset to the original.

The automatic reset function can only operate if you've entered an external email for the system to send a change to, so send me an email if you have problem with it.

RHS candidate numbers

If you have an RHS Candidate Number because you are registered for a  Practical qualification, or have entered any RHS exams,  you can give them this number as well as details of your course/exams and they should be able to find you this way.

If you do this, ring 0203 1765810 for membership services.


Last modified: Thursday, 13 June 2019, 10:45 AM