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Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London or Goldsmiths' College is a specialist university for social science, humanities and the arts and is recognised as one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious universities for its contribution to the arts and media and has produced six winners of the Turner Prize plus 29 nominees. Goldsmiths, University of London is ranked within the top 100 in the World and students are privileged to be taught by industry leaders.
The Students' Union is central to student life at the university with its own bar 'The Stretch' hosting events such as Wednesday night's Club Sandwich, pub quiz 'Quidz' and Film Club Night. The bar is also kitted out with a Wii, Xbox, jukebox and plenty of sofas. The 'Natura Cafe' coffee bar takes up the first floor in the Students' Union and doubles as an exhibition space. Also on offer are more than 30 societies, advice offices and student media, which gives lots of opportunity to add to your skills and experience with ‘Smiths’ student magazine, ‘Leopard’ student newspaper and ‘Wired’ student radio station. There is also the chance to get involved in volunteering projects such as mentoring young people, campaigning on behalf of others or providing events for the local community. Goldsmiths Students' Union won gold in recognition of work carried out on environmental issues. For those keen students who want to queue jump, enter competitions and get guaranteed tickets for the first two weeks, the Goldpass is available for £15.
Sports facilities at Goldsmiths include a gym, tennis courts and Club Pulse - a new partnership that offers a gym, fitness suite and dance studio. There are several sports clubs to get involved in, many of which take part in inter-university challenges.
The university is well equipped with the latest technologies and facilities. Among these are the NAB (New Academic Building) that is home to media facilities, The Great Hall that regularly produces concerts and events and an extensive library and IT service.
As a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, students can expect to have some of the highest starting salaries in the UK and to have graduated with relevant experience gained through work placements in relevant industries such as Google, M&C Saatchi and The Wall Street Journal. Goldsmiths also invests heavily in those students who wish to start up their own business by helping them to recognise and take hold of new opportunities.
Among Goldsmiths impressive list of alumni are Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Mary Quant, Lucian Freud, Sarah Walker and Damon Albarn. Goldsmiths was also the birthplace of Damon’s band, Blur.
23 Goldsmiths, University of London Reviews
campus is lovely, most the buildings are very nice, particularly Richard Hoggart Building and the library. seems to have invested a lot into improving over the last few years. atmosphere at the uni is amazing and inspiring, people are typically super creative, interesting people and politically engaged. love it
The university has a beautiful campus and the facilities are great. The library is open 24/7 and has plenty of facilities like computers and macs. There are a range of societies but could do with more of them and some aren't as well organised as they could be. The students union is quite expensive and not very big, the events aren't attended by many people. Careers service is great. The wifi is good, but can be quite slow. You can't really watch things like player.
More of a diversity in societies would be good, our SU is naff and doesn't offer half as much nights as other unis. Internet is sometimes faulty and you'll struggle to get it on your phone, even with IT Support. As for the careers services, they don't really make themselves known and you always have to approach them. It'd be great if they could organise internships with local institutions, or even put on events showing you your options. (Besides the one off part time jobs fayre- which lacks diversity in employers). Overall I feel uni could have a lot more going on
If you're into arts then Goldsmiths is great - otherwise, stay away. So many students from London give it an almost Sixth Form like feel, but not in a good way. Anyone not from the South East is a rarity, the staff are weak and the reputation in most subjects is lacking. If you're grades are good enough to get in, you can go to a better uni. Look elsewhere, unless you're on an arts on related course.
It's a very small campus, so things are all walking distance. However because it's so small, there is much less on offer (less societies and events, short opening hours for facilities, etc.) and since it's not central that means you have less exposure to things that other schools in London might offer. The wifi is terrible - often missing, hard to connect to, have to keep reconnecting. Have had lots of issues with really disorganised admin issues - things not appearing in their computers that should. My department was equally disorganised, none of the tutors seemed to know what was going on half the time, deadlines got changed, things weren't put on the VLE that tutors said should be there. It does have a nicely diverse student presence but I think I'd go somewhere else if I could do it again.
Everything about this university is dreadful. Student support doesn't reply to my emails, I don't like anyone on the course and there is far too much group work for my liking. As well as this, there aren't many societies on offer, and the union seems really out-of-touch.
Great thing about gold smiths is that everything is compact - all the buildings and campuses are all located within 5 minute walking distance, unlike other universities. Theres a great range of people thanks to the fine art department, and the student union does some pretty cool social/political stuff! Wifi is alright, could be better but works most of the time.
I was really nervous about starting at university but everyone at goldsmiths are so kind they have made me feel at ease. There are so many opportunities to be had at goldsmiths with their wide variety of clubs and societies.