Goldsmiths University Guide

Goldsmiths, University of London is in New Cross South East London and focusses on a variety of innovative courses including the arts, design, humanities and social sciences. The New Cross area is renowned for being a popular part of London among music and art lovers and is just a short distance from Greenwich and the thriving Docklands.

The CBRE Residential University Guide to Goldsmiths has been created with prospective Goldsmiths students in mind, providing you with everything you need to know about this illustrious University. In the guide you’ll find everything from a history of Goldsmiths, what it’s like being a student living in London, advice on the best student rentals in the area and much more to help you to find out more about the University and life in London.

Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London was first established in 1891 under the name of the Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute. Just after the turn of the century, in 1904, it was acquired by the University of London and rebranded as the Goldsmiths’ College.

The current Chancellor of the University, and the University of London as a whole, is Princess Anne and this royal connection is just one factor behind why so many students are attracted, especially from overseas. The international acclaim of Goldsmiths and the city of London has led to a number of partnerships and link-ups with various companies and sectors enabling students to find placements, apprenticeships and full-time employment upon the completion of their studies.

According to the latest Guardian League Tables, Goldsmiths is ranked at 64th in the United Kingdom. The Art & Design course in particular has a great reputation with Goldsmiths currently ranked as the tenth best University in the UK with the likes of Oxford and UCL ahead.

Goldsmiths currently has around 8,000 students signed onto various Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, coming from around 114 different countries around the world that are attracted to an innovative, forward-thinking and renowned University just 15 minutes outside the centre of London.

The Student’s Union at Goldsmiths offers various forms of support and advice for students including financial, course and student accommodation assistance; while there are also plenty of places for students to grab a coffee or a bite to eat and to socialise with their house, course and society friends. There are a number of sports clubs and societies to get involved with, and there is also an on-campus gym for students to use in order to stay fit.

The Art & Design School and the Music School have both been particularly popular at Goldsmiths, attracting a wide range of students with varied interests. Notable alumni to have studied at and graduated from Goldsmiths include Damien Hirst who is believed to be Britain’s richest living artist, Sir Antony Gormley whose work includes the iconic Angel of the North, the painter Lucian Freud, Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen who won his award for the 2014 film 12 Years a Slave, Blur duo Alex James and Graham Coxon and singer-songwriter Katy B.

Open days are held throughout the year that provide prospective students with an in-depth tour of the facilities and a chance to speak with faculty and students. The next events take place in October for Undergraduates and November for Postgraduates. There are also regular campus tours available throughout the year that you can book onto for more of a “light” taster of what is on offer enabling you to have a look around and to understand more about what it might be like to be a student living in London. 

Student Rentals close to Goldsmiths

Student accommodation is, understandably, a key consideration for anyone attending University in London. With such a large city it is quite easy to imagine that you’re best living close to the campus so you can have a short walk each day, but when it comes to range of student rentals in London that CBRE Residential can offer you may think again.

Our collection of immaculate and beautifully finished student rentals in London offer class, quality, space and luxury in abundance. We have student lettings all over the city and even have a number of student properties to buy in the city should you wish to either buy a property that you can let privately or should you choose to become a landlord by letting to students.

We’ve got student accommodation in the heart of London in prime locations, each offering something unique and a million miles from the typical perception of student accommodation in London. Each of our properties is beautifully designed and finished to ensure that you can live like a King or Queen in your own house, flat, apartment, penthouse or townhouse. We can help you to find the perfect student properties that meet all of your requirements – and your budget – and this ranges from one bedroom student flats to rent in to three bedroom student rentals in Greenwich.

Our student lettings have everything you could possibly imagine including built-in wardrobes, wooden floors, spacious kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and even roof terraces and balconies. Whatever you’re looking for, wherever you’re looking to live, we can help you to find it.

The CBRE Residential team are able to help with every aspect of your search for the perfect student accommodation. Just tell us what you’re looking for and how much you have to spend and we can then get to work on compiling a list of some of the most appropriate – and fantastic – student rentals in London.

Once we’ve narrowed it down for you we can organise a viewing of each of the student lettings and meet you there, (or somebody on your behalf). Alternatively, we can also arrange a virtual tour of the property via Skype or Face Time if you are unable to come to the property in person. We can then work with you to iron out the final details including your offer on the property and a moving in date so that you can get into your beautiful new student property as soon as possible.

Transport Links

London’s excellent public transport services ensure that you have a number of different ways to get to and from the University, as well as being able to travel around the city itself.

The Transport for London (TfL) website provides updates on any travel disruption that may affect the journey from your student accommodation to Goldsmiths, and you can also purchase a contactless Oyster Card that will allow you to travel around London on the various different services including buses and the Tube.

The easiest methods of getting to Goldsmiths are via the London Overground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services. The University is a five-minute walk from both New Cross and New Cross Gate train stations which form a part of the Overground network. Passengers can also get an Overground service to Canada Water, for the Jubilee Line and Shoreditch High Street for the City. On the DLR you should get off at Deptford Bridge and it is then a 10-minute walk to the University campus.

Buses run frequently throughout the day, leaving the main stations every 15-minutes and stopping close to the Goldsmiths campus. Information on specific bus services is available on the TfL website, bus services into Central London should take around 45-minutes.

Student Living in London, Greenwich and the Docklands

New Cross has a thriving music and arts scene which helps to make studying at Goldsmiths such an attractive option. Even when you’re away from the University you can still find plenty of people with similar interests looking to showcase their work and this creates a fabulous atmosphere.

You don’t have to go too far from either the University or your student accommodation to find a number of fantastic restaurants and exclusive bars filled with students and London’s elite, and with such a diverse population there are always new people to meet and new things to try.

Slightly further afield, student life in London – and areas such as Greenwich and the Docklands in particular – is thriving. There are countless places to find a culinary delight or a bar to sample some of the latest cocktail, and it’s instantly obvious why London was voted in the top three student cities in the world.

Greenwich has a great maritime history and is home to popular London attractions including the Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum along with a variety of trendy bars, comedy clubs, restaurants and markets. There is also the vast open space at Greenwich Park which offers plenty of luscious green park land to enjoy a picnic in the city away from the hustle and bustle, all within sight of Canary Wharf and the Docklands which are both going through extensive and impressive regenerations of their own.

Another vibrant area within close proximity of Goldsmiths is Shoreditch. This area of London has been transformed in recent years into a genuine contender for the best place to go out in the capital alongside Soho and Covent Garden. With trendy, up-market bars and restaurants along with various music and arts venues it is popular with all students not only at Goldsmiths but every student living in London it seems!

Information and Contact Details

More information about studying at Goldsmiths can be found at the main campus in New Cross, or by visiting their website here.

Click here to speak to a member of the CBRE Residential team about our range of student rentals in London or to find out how to buy a student property.