Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is constantly exploring, questioning and reshaping the world. As part of the University of London for over 100 years it has a rich academic heritage, but it's constantly building on what it knows. Its innovative degrees and world-leading academics will inspire students to see the world differently.


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: G56

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 66%
  • Postgraduate 34%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 75%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 16%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • Goldsmiths library is a modern and welcoming learning space, located in the Rutherford Building, which also houses IT services, a digital media suite and the assistive technology centre.
  • The library provides different forms of study space: space for individual work (on the first and second floors, in both quiet and silent areas), collaborative group work (on the ground floor) and viewing rooms (on the second floor).
  • The Special Collections reading room is also a room where postgraduates can study.

Student jobs

  • Goldsmiths Careers Service has a JobShop service with the primary aim of helping students find paid, part-time work opportunities. The JobShop Administrator holds daily one-to-one drop-in sessions to offer advice to students.
  • Students can access CareerSPACE, an online careers portal with hundreds of paid opportunities, updated daily.
  • The Careers Service has close relationships with part-time work agencies and suppliers, organising two part-time jobs fairs a year, as well as numerous recruiter-in-residence sessions on campus.
  • There are also opportunities for part-time work at Goldsmiths, through the student ambassador programme, Students' Union and internal vacancies.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service helps students move on successfully to their next step after Goldsmiths – whether that's employment, further study, or starting a business or social enterprise.
  • Students are given opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, gain relevant work experience, and make the most of services such as one-to-one sessions with careers consultants, paid internships, and schemes like the Gold Award and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which records all academic and co-curricular achievements.
  • Students can use the Careers Service for free for three years after graduation.

Health services

  • London is split into different NHS healthcare trusts. Students living in New Cross and the nearby areas will be in the Lewisham and Greenwich Trust and can register with a GP near Goldsmiths.

Counselling services

  • Short term counselling is available for students who are experiencing problems such as anxiety, depressed feelings, and emotional difficulties that may or may not be connected to student life. The service is free and confidential.

Disability support

Goldsmiths responds in a number of ways to the barriers that disabled students can face:

  • By ensuring that the campus, including accommodation, is accessible, and by providing assistive technology. Financial support may include Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) and Goldsmiths Disability Fund.
  • Support can include making adjustments to students' studies, including assessments, examinations and teaching; or offering study skills support and mental health mentoring, and providing library assistance and extended loans.
  • Disability advisers can also provide advice and guidance on all aspects of the support offered by the university. Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports students from Welcome Week to graduation, with volunteering opportunities, student-run media, clubs and societies, and sports facilities.
  • The union holds a varied selection of events in the SU café and bar, including regular debates and discussions, club and pub nights, quizzes, film screenings and performances.
  • Goldsmiths Students' Union is also known for its political activism and campaigning.


  • Founded in 1891.
  • Part of the University of London for over 100 years.

Fascinating Fact

  • Goldsmiths, University of London, got its name when the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths acquired the original school in 1891; they were one of the first 'city livery companies' of London, starting out as a trade guild in the 12th century.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Steve McQueen – Oscar-winning filmmaker.
  • James Blake – Mercury Prize winning musician.
  • Alex James and Graham Coxon of Blur.
  • Antony Gormley – Scuptor best known for the Angel of the North.
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson – Turner-prize nominated video artist, filmmaker and photographer.
  • Lucian Freud – one of the foremost 20th-century portrait painters.
  • Damien Hirst – famously part of the group known as the Young British Artists.
  • Julian Clary – comedian.
  • Ian Rickson –  British theatre and film director.
  • Baroness Tessa Jowell – Labour party politician and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.


Goldsmiths, University of London , New Cross, London, SE14 6NW