In 1891, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths set up the Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute, dedicated to “the promotion of technical skill, knowledge, health and general well-being among men and women of the industrial, working and artisan classes”.

In 1904, the Institute was acquired by the University of London and was re-established as Goldsmiths College.

Goldsmiths College is situated in New Cross, a highly populated area of south-east London with a considerable art and music scene. The area is not served by London Underground, but is serviced by London Overground trains at New Cross and New Cross Gate.

Goldsmiths University London

League tables based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise all place Goldsmiths within the top 35 research-intensive universities in the UK: 33rd in the Times Higher Education, 34th in The Guardian and 24th in The Independent. The 2008 RAE placed Goldsmiths 9th in the UK overall for the world-leading quality of its research. The following departments were ranked in the Top 20 nationally:

* Sociology (ranked 1st equal with Essex, Manchester and York)
* Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (ranked 4th equal with London School of Economics)
* Anthropology (ranked 8th equal with Oxford, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Queen’s University Belfast)
* Art and Design (ranked 14th equal with Birmingham City and Dundee)
* Music (ranked 14th equal with Bristol, City, Huddersfield, Royal Academy of Music and Glasgow)
* Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (ranked 15th equal with Birmingham, Roehampton and Aberystwyth)
* History of Art (ranked 17th equal with Cambridge, School of Oriental and African Studies and Aberdeen)

The university also owns 8 halls of residence which offer accommodation for students:

* Batavia Mews
* Chesterman House
* Dean House
* Loring Hall
* Surrey House
* Surrey House Annexe
* Raymont Hall
* McMillan Student Village

How to Contact Goldsmiths College

Goldsmiths College University of London
New Cross London SE14 6NW UK Main switchboard:
020 7919 7171 Outside UK: +44 20 7919 7171

Prospectus request line
UK and European Union students telephone: +44 (0)20 7919 7537 (24 hours),
Overseas (non-EU) students telephone: +44 20 7919 7273 (24 hours),

If you wish to enquire about a degree programme, please contact one of the following two offices:

UK and EU students
Undergraduate telephone: +44 (0)20 7919 7766,
Postgraduate telephone: +44 (0)20 7919 7060,
PGCE Secondary telephone: +44 (0)20 7919 7050,
Fax: +44 (0)20 7717 2240,

Overseas (non EU) students
Please contact the International Office.
Tel: +44 20 7919 7700,
Fax: +44 20 7919 7704,

For other enquiries:
Details of individual halls or private sector housing for Goldsmiths students:
Accommodation Office
Tel: 020 7919 7130,
Fax: 020 7919 7134,

Conference facilities & vacation lets
Accommodation over the summer vacation or enquiries about hire of Goldsmiths facilities for Conference Services,
Tel: 020 7919 7132,
Fax: 020 7919 7134,
Please see Conference Services.

Goldsmiths College and its general facilities
External Communications Office,
Tel: 020 7919 7971,
Fax: 020 7919 7975,

Part-time short courses
Professional and Community Education (PACE),
Tel: 020 7919 7200

Quality Assessment & Academic Audit
Quality Affairs Office,
Tel: 020 7919 7519,
Fax: 020 7919 7913,

Schools and college liaison
Taster days, group visits, careers adviser liaison Heather Wooldridge,
Recruitment Officer,
Tel: 020 7919 7572,
Fax: 020 7919 7509,

Welfare and support issues
Student Support Office,
Tel: 020 7919 7789,
Fax: 020 7919 7241,