Goldsmiths, University of London

  • 10147 Students (3421 int'l)
  • Public University
London, United Kingdom
We began life in 1891 with one ideal: to be a dynamic force for change. Today as part of the prestigious University of London, we carry out world-leading research on a regular basis and we continue to build upon that early vision, maintaining a rich academic heritage that combines our status as one of the UK's top creative and political universities (Which? University 2014). And we're in the UK's top 25 universities for the quality of our research, and top 5 in the UK in QS World Rankings by subject area (Research Excellence Framework, THE research intensity ranking, QS world rankings).

About Goldsmiths, University of London

At Goldsmiths we're looking at the world through our own lens.

It's at the heart of everything we do here. From our research that's as diverse as solving biological puzzles through gaming, to policing Twitter to the ingenuity of our alumni who continue to transform their chosen fields, when you choose Goldsmiths for your postgraduate degree, you don't only make our history more palpable; you actively create your own.

Our postgraduate community

Goldsmiths has always nurtured the best and the brightest minds, so just by being here you'll be subverting subject boundaries; debating with leading academics and championing your own ideas.
And it's not just our academics that are worth mentioning; the Goldsmiths community is a dynamic network of inspiring staff, award-winning alumni and passionate students coming from 114 countries across the world.
We think the best ideas emerge when two elements combine: independent thought and intellectual support. As a research-intensive institution we pride ourselves on developing the individual so you'll have the freedom to explore your own intellectual path but with support on hand when you need it.


Goldsmiths has a wide range of facilities that will help you make the most of your time here, enabling you to develop your understanding of your chosen subject and investigate areas of interest beyond your studies.

  • Library facilities
  • Computing facilities
  • Media facilities (and copy centre)
  • Language-learning facilities
  • Ben Pimlott Building
  • Departmental facilities

Rutherford Building

The Rutherford Building at Goldsmiths gives you access on one site to library books, journals, computer workstations, language-learning resources, extensive multimedia and audio-visual facilities, and computer-based teaching rooms.

Long opening hours mean that you can be flexible in terms of when you choose to study. The building stays open until midnight seven days a week during term time and Christmas and Easter vacations.


Our library is well equipped with an extensive collection of printed and electronic resources, as well as special collections and archives covering a range of 20th-century creative and performing arts, and social sciences. Visit the library pages for further information about the services and collections available to you, and links to useful resources such as online newspapers, electronic exam papers and digital images. You can also download audio tours of the library to find out more. You will be given a library tour and information skills training when you arrive at Goldsmiths.

University of London Library and other libraries

As a Goldsmiths degree student you are able to borrow books from the University of London Library, Senate House. Senate House Library is a large research library covering arts, humanities and social sciences, and is a great supplement to the facilities at Goldsmiths, housing around two million books, as well as electronic resources. As a University of London student you will also be able to use the libraries of other University of London institutions to consult specialised materials not available in the library at Goldsmiths.

IT facilities

Computing facilities

Computer workstations within the Rutherford Building comprise a mixture of PCs and Apple Macs. In addition to Microsoft Office, PCs have software for statistical analysis, bibliography, graphics and web authoring, while Mac systems have similar software but with more emphasis on industry-standard graphics, desktop publishing, and multimedia. All computers have e-mail facilities, and provide access to the internet, and to central shared resources such as course and training materials. We also have scanners, specialist equipment for video editing, and rooms for computer-based class teaching.

The wireless network at Goldsmiths will enable you to bring your own laptop onto campus and benefit from access to the web, your College shared files, and e-mail. There are dozens of wireless hotspots across the campus, including the Library, the Students Union and Refectory, and on the back field. (Three halls of residence provide network access from student rooms, while a further two have access from communal areas.)

As a Goldsmiths student you will have access to many online facilities. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE),, is a highly interactive website where lecturers can provide students with course materials, practice assessments, and learner support. Students can also start their own website, wiki or blog.

Media facilities

The Media Services Centre in the Rutherford Building provides materials, facilities, support and services to help you with all your media requirements from video to audio, and from photography to photocopying. If you need assistance when preparing for a project in a particular audio-visual medium then its the place to come. The Centre offers various do-it-yourself creative and production facilities including digital video editing (adding special effects, titles, and so on), video copying, making stills from videos, downloading digital stills, copying images from books or artwork to digital camera or 35mm slide or print, and sound copying and recording.

Computers in the Rutherford Building can print to monochrome and colour printers, and a Copy Centre provides self-service photocopying, and binding and laminating facilities. A new video conferencing service offers high definition face-to-face communication linking up to three remote sites for distance learning and collaborative work.

There's a Media Equipment Centre in the Richard Hoggart Building which provides an equipment loan service. Students can borrow equipment including video camcorders, digital and 35mm cameras, cassette recorders, and projectors.

Language-learning facilities

Whether youre interested in learning a new language, studying a language as part of your degree, or keen to build on existing language skills, the Languages Resource Centre in the Rutherford Building can help you achieve your goals. Facilities include bookable video viewing rooms, computers with software for computer assisted language learning, listening facilities, a large open access area where you can view video broadcasts, and foreign language periodicals. A comprehensive collection of foreign language documentaries and feature films will aid your progression in this area, and staff at the Language Advisory Desk can guide you through the materials available.

Ben Pimlott Building

The stunning Ben Pimlott Building - with its signature 'scribble in the sky' - has state-of-the-art facilities that reflect Goldsmiths famous interdisciplinary approach to higher education. It houses studios and teaching facilities for the Department of Art, and through the Goldsmiths Digital Studios provides opportunities to study the interrelation between the fields of visual arts practice, design, computing, media and cultural theory. The Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture is based in the building, enabling students to fuse together research on the scientific and cultural aspects of human cognition.

Departmental facilities

Many of the academic departments within Goldsmiths have special facilities designed to aid and enhance the learning experience of their students. These facilities include: nine specialist research laboratories in the Department of Art (casting; constructed textiles, digital media and video; fine art printmaking; metalwork; photography; print and dye; stitch and fabric; woodwork); extensive workshop facilities covering production processes, modelling for mass production, and a computing suite enabling 2D and 3D media, multimedia and CAD in Design; a 160-seat theatre and three performance studios in the Department of Theatre and Performance; and a photography studio, radio studio, TV studio, editing suites and video animation facilities in Media and Communications.

Student life at Goldsmiths, University of London

Being at university isn't just about studying. At Goldsmiths, and around London, you'll find a rich variety of resources to use, things to do and people to meet.

Food and drink

We offer a variety of catering facilities on campus:

  • The Green Room
  • The Stretch
  • The Refectory
  • Loafers Café
  • Tastte
  • Students Union Shop

Cultural events

Goldsmiths holds a variety of events on a weekly basis. The Goldsmiths Sinfonia and Chorus give regular high profile public concerts (students are eligible to join the Chorus and, by audition, the Sinfonia), and there are lunchtime recitals, performances by student-run ensembles, and gigs in the Union. In the summer months you'll be able to attend the popular Goldsmiths degree shows, featuring the work of graduating students from a range of subjects areas including art and design.

Students' Union

Heres a sample of what you can get involved in at the Union:

  • Societies
  • Volunteering and student development
  • Sports
  • Club Pulse
  • Smiths Magazine
  • Wired Radio
  • Try Your Hand
  • Advice and representation


All halls of residence are within walking distance of Goldsmiths, with easy access to Central London by public transport. They range from self-contained flats and converted period houses to more traditional halls of residence.


The campus NatWest bank is open every weekday, providing a range of banking facilities and a cashpoint machine. A Student Liaison Officer is available to open accounts, offer help and advice, and to answer any questions you have.

University of London Union

As a Goldsmiths student you can also use the facilities at the famous University of London Union (ULU) in Central London. ULU is a centre of excellence for student sports, competing at the very highest levels. There are also intercollegiate societies, covering the full range of interests from mountaineering to music, many of which appear at national events such as the Edinburgh Festival.

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