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3.75 / 5 from 142 verified student reviews

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Courses are very practical, which is what I expected. However, the communication between tutors should be improved. The admin system is also disappointing

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Goldsmiths, University of London Ranking


Ulster University #1
University of Sheffield #2
University of Birmingham #3
University of St Andrews #4
University of Southampton #5
Queen's University Belfast (QUB) #6
University of Leeds #7
University of Warwick #8
University of Glasgow #9
University of Exeter #10

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Goldsmiths, University of London Hall Rankings


Creek Court #1
Surrey Quays Landale House #2
Quantum Court #3
McMillan Student Village #4
Raymont Hall #5
AXO New Cross #6
Chapter Westminster #7
Town Hall Camberwell #8
Ewen Henderson Court #9
Surrey House #10

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StudentCrowd Students' Union score: 3.93 / 5

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Courses are very practical, which is what I expected. However, the communication between tutors should be improved. The admin system is also disappointing

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Applying to Goldsmiths, University of London

Entry Requirements

48-128 UCAS Points

Average range for Goldsmiths, University of London entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.


Offer and Acceptance Rates
Offers:
5,040
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Applications:
7,215
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Offer rate:
69.9%
Acceptances:
985
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Applicants:
6,985
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Acceptance rate:
13.65%

This is the latest available data, published by UCAS - 9th January 2023. All data is based on UCAS standard definitions.


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Is doing a History degree worth it at Goldsmiths uni?
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Is doing masters in media field doing worth from goldsmith university
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Hi,I had received a leaflet from Goldsmith University. On 24th January 2018 telling me to wait for my offer to join for the course. However, I had got a message on my UCAS track informing me that the offer has been rejected, this was sent to my UCAS track on 22nd January 2018. What should I do?
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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member10100596 On 14th February 24 verified Verified student

nice college green. beautiful campus

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member4100104 On 10th February 24 verified Verified student

Again, accessibility could be massively improved. The university advertises that it is accessible for all However There is a severe lack of wheelchair access Especially in lecture halls Access needs have been delayed until my third year of study - which is poor when promised before even attending.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member1199843 On 8th February 24 verified Verified student

Generally good all round university

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member899750 On 8th February 24 verified Verified student

Good range of clubs and many things to get up to, Staff in psychology are very helpful and always there for support needed. However there has been a few personal issues with the university that haven’t been solved the way i expected.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member599749 On 8th February 24 verified Verified student

very good Good service, very warm

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1099742 On 8th February 24 verified Verified student

I haven't really been exposed you the services provided by Goldsmiths but I am happy with what I have

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member895505 On 25th November 23 verified Verified student

Everything is so good, I love this place

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member693307 On 23rd October 23 verified Verified student

Great place to be at with great people

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member692301 On 10th October 23 verified Verified student

campus was clean fresh and productive

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Student Review: 2.2 /5
By member992056 On 8th October 23 verified Verified student

One of the most noticeable issues is the campus infrastructure. The facilities, including classrooms and study spaces, often appear outdated and in need of renovation. This can affect the overall learning experience, as modern and functional spaces can greatly enhance academic engagement. Additionally, some buildings are not adequately accessible for individuals with mobility challenges, which can be a significant barrier.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1288982 On 15th July 23 verified Verified student

Courses are very practical, which is what I expected. However, the communication between tutors should be improved. The admin system is also disappointing

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member788704 On 6th July 23 verified Verified student

I haven’t had the general Goldsmiths experience because my course only has night lectures in a mostly exclusive building, but I’ve enjoyed my time here. The library is nice, although it needs an update. The buildings are comfortable. In general, I’ve enjoyed my experience here and have made good friends.

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member1386010 On 11th May 23 verified Verified student

hard to contract right person if something goes wrong, but a good vibe on campus and facilities esp library is really good

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member785639 On 3rd May 23 verified Verified student

The worst university experience you will ever have. I m a high 1:1 UG student from KCL who went to Goldsmiths. Take it from me, you’re wasting you time and money. The lecturers are not experts. They won’t provide with any help, in fact they ll make it even more confusing and difficult for you to learn. SU is pretty much useless and they don’t have good societies to pick from. The campus heating doesn’t work so in winters you will very cold. The timetables never come out on time and the exam information is not provided up-to standard. I would not recommend. Save yourself.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member1385606 On 2nd May 23 verified Verified student

Good university in South East London. Easy to get into central London and not an area that has tourists. Good level of teaching but strikes have taken away a lot of teaching time this year.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member483702 On 6th April 23 verified Verified student

staff are very friendly and helpful and nice

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member1182893 On 31st March 23 verified Verified student

Good university but need more new rooms

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member681626 On 18th March 23 verified Verified student

Natasha is so helpful she’s my favorite member at quantum court

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member581465 On 16th March 23 verified Verified student

Good uni with many friendly and cool students and teachers. Coursework a little tight but enjoyed the school environment.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member480982 On 12th March 23 verified Verified student

It’s pretty good to live at here, and the reception is nice as well

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member780904 On 10th March 23 verified Verified student

Goldsmiths is a great place to study, love it!

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member1280727 On 8th March 23 verified Verified student

Ive been attending the uni for 4 years now and have enjoyed it throughly.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1280615 On 8th March 23 verified Verified student

University has good teaching but the rest of the university lacks much substance.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member980598 On 7th March 23 verified Verified student

Overall, good university. Toilets and other amenities could be significantly improved.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member780597 On 7th March 23 verified Verified student

Nice location and accommodation. Nice team and service especially Natasha who is really friendly and considerate

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1280583 On 7th March 23 verified Verified student

Actually, I do not spend much time on the main campus. It's a shame that It's hard to use facilities on campus.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member480580 On 7th March 23 verified Verified student

Everything is great my only issue is it’s sometimes disorganised

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1180282 On 3rd March 23 verified Verified student

Good university facilities. However, I don't think it's right that we often have to pay to access to societies, given the price we pay for tuition fees.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member480257 On 3rd March 23 verified Verified student

The Universities generally are good but lack facilities for well-being. They need to look and improved if students don't want to take exams

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member1079802 On 27th February 23 verified Verified student

I'm a first year student so i haven't faced many issues yet. I think the quality of education is absolutely incredible.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member579543 On 24th February 23 verified Verified student

I enjoy studying at Goldsmiths because my teachers and professors do a great job. The management of university itself is quite frustrating though. It’s really hard to get hold of people and coming here as an international students it was such a mess figuring out what how to get a visa and how to start at Goldsmiths. I wish there would have been more support. In general, I feel like I would like to have more modules in my degree or just more classes. Of course, a lot was cancelled because of strikes but in general I find that my MA could benefit from more input.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1079398 On 23rd February 23 verified Verified student

Good facilities and teaching staff

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member577325 On 6th February 23 verified Verified student

College is very beautiful especially in the summer Nice seating areas around the university Small campus so easy to get to places Doesn't have their own sports facility

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member669746 On 1st July 22 verified Verified student

Good teachers, bad administration. Lost almost 2 months of classes due to strikes

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Student Review: 1.8 /5
By member1167634 On 29th March 22 verified Verified student

School was so normal before the strike, there are some discontent but still bearable. Then one two three strike within the year and one can see all the flaws of this place. With only a few teachings being held throughout the year and you are on your own expected to finish your assessment. You got to ask teacher by teacher to see if the workshops will be open during the strike, there is no consistency at all. Every department is so separated, event those from the same department don't know what is happening to their students. Some teachers are overly optimistic, some pathetic, some purely indifferent over the whole situation. Nobody cares about you, you are on your own, 'you got to make something out of this situation.' How many years have it been? When you try to email and contact the Student Union on the whole crisis and request for tuition fee compensation, no one replies you. Stuck in the shabby Surrey House with ill mannered management in South East London far from everywhere.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member566710 On 26th February 22 verified Verified student

The campus is great, close to two stations so easy to get into central London. New Cross isn’t the greatest place to live but it works. The clubs and societies are good if you like the kind of thing they offer - none really appeal to me. The student union is fun sometimes but quite small and it gets repetitive, same night every Tuesday and not much else on. Relatively cheap drinks though? I’ve never even heard of the careers service but I’m pretty sure there should be one, never used it or been introduced to it though. Wi-Fi is good in the library, university buildings and accommodation but can just randomly cut out sometimes and can be weak in places. Lecturers are lovely but I wouldn’t recommend coming here if you’re after a traditional university course especially if you’re coming for an academic based course. I cannot stress enough how art based this university is so if you’re going for an arts/music course, great, not so great for the academics.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member766553 On 21st February 22 verified Verified student

got it’s ups and downs really, strikes are annoying but the media-comms staff are p sweet

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1066139 On 9th February 22 verified Verified student

There are all kinds of facilities in our university and I can enjoy my study in different places. There are also staff from various departments to help us meet different needs. In a word, studying here is a very happy thing.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member1265993 On 4th February 22 verified Verified student

Goldsmith is a very good university

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member465777 On 28th January 22 verified Verified student

Lovely tutors/professors and very interesting courses.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1265726 On 27th January 22 verified Verified student

My teachers, who I love and adore, are currently under threat of redundancy because of senior management and the management of goldsmiths don’t seem to care about teachers and/or students wellbeing

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member1065478 On 18th January 22 verified Verified student

Pretty nice and chill vibe. No much stress. Library and the equipment are all great. Most of the staffs are efficient.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1365418 On 14th January 22 verified Verified student

Goldsmiths has a socially uplifting environment especially for the design course

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1164451 On 1st December 21 verified Verified student

great people here. all very arty even on non arts courses. Library is lacking for any resources other than art/ design. arts buildings are fkn amazing but al the others are a bit crap. still, love the location cause youre in london but not really busy central london, youre far enough out that it just feels like a large town but you have access to all the best bits of london. greenwich is close by and is lovely for days out. telegraph hill too. i do enjoy it here but resources could be better

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member1360998 On 17th July 21 verified Verified student

I loved my time here. It's a sdmall and close knit campus, so don't come here expecting the same vibe as a bigger university with all the bells and whistles. Everyone here is fun to hang out with, if a little pretentious sometimes- but you'll find your people. It's a space to really get involved in- you have to get involved to BE involved, opportunities and friends wont just HAPPEN- but it's such a friendly place. The lectureres are helpful, the library is great, the local area is lovely too. Loved it. Also, you have the option to attend clubs, societies and even courses from other UOL universities, so take that opportunity!

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Student Review: 2.2 /5
By member860596 On 29th June 21 verified Verified student

Poor student support all round. Felt more like a degree factory than a place designed to help young people through a challenging part of their lives. Very little in the way of mental health services.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member458488 On 30th May 21 verified Verified student

A hidden gem of a University - incredible resources and I am really enjoying my course

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member558517 On 30th May 21 verified Verified student

Not many people speak about Goldsmiths but I have found it to stand out amongst many other top Unis

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1258644 On 24th May 21 verified Verified student

Good university, excellent location and good facilities.

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Student Review: 1.4 /5
By member955271 On 16th March 21 verified Verified student

Don’t really have anything to say about camberwell since I don’t know how it is to actually feel the university lifestyle

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1154719 On 26th February 21 verified Verified student

All the staff of reception are very nice.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1054703 On 26th February 21 verified Verified student

It's not the best year for reviewing a university, thanks to the pandemic, but all in all I've loved my time with Goldsmiths so far.

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member554077 On 11th February 21 verified Verified student

The education and lecturers are good, just everything else not pertaining to the education aspect leaves a lot to be desired. But either way, the whole point to being there is to learn, so I don't really give a s*** about all the other stuff.

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member453681 On 25th January 21 verified Verified student

I love my university and feel so at home here :)

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1353518 On 18th January 21 verified Verified student

Was great, though I was in a year stuck with covid lockdown and did not gain access to facilities for much for much of the time.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member538102 On 30th December 20 verified Verified student

Best uni experience. Staff and students are great

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member448343 On 17th May 20 verified Verified student

1 word, brilliant... my stay was perfect.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By TMH1993 On 15th May 20 verified Verified student

Though I cannot compare to any other Uni I am having a time of my life at Goldsmiths. Be outgoing, socialise with people and teacher, everyone is happy to give back.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1147020 On 30th March 20 verified Verified student

Visit before you come here. It’s a particular vibe but if you feel right on campus then you’ll love it. Definitely an arty, political uni in a great area. It’s smaller but therefore more specialised for what it does do. Admin are typical of an art focused establishment though, expect late, vague replies.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member646691 On 11th March 20 verified Verified student

Doing my MA at the politics department. First term was great, had really good lecturers and the lectures were interesting. Especially the art modules. However, missed two weeks due to strikes. Second term is a bit less challenging, primarily because I have chosen a module that is just not for me. Now, I'm in the fourth week of a four consecutive week strike (one week being reading week) and I'm over this. University management is trying to restructure the whole university as part of their 'evolving Goldsmiths' plan and are disregarding student protests on the matter. They don't listen to their employees and I've paid 10k for a year in which I'm missing 5 weeks of my 20 weeks of lecture. Fed up with this b******. Lots of problems with disability office. The uni is small, so every facilitation department has an academic staff member that's part of a central facilitation team. A structure that doesn't work efficiently, lots of double reporting which takes up quite some time.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By Charlieboi On 11th January 20 verified Verified student

I love this uni! I study international relations and chinese and I'm a second year uk student... I do think this uni is for a specific type of person... If you want that traditional uni feel DONT come here, because people here are more interested in their outside- school activities than grades. People are very studious and know a lot of information and are very bright, and they apply this to the real world a lot, through protests, organisations and activism regularly. Because it is in London, it doesn't have the traditional campus feel unless you live in the undergraduate/ masters halls of residence. You find the most creative and open- minded people here, I'm loving it and it's changed me for the better! Go Gold!

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member1243500 On 12th November 19 verified Verified student

I love it! It’s fantastic and has a huge campus with an immense green park! I feel very happy

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Student Review: 1.4 /5
By member835393 On 3rd January 19 verified Verified student

I completed the MFA Curating course here and was HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED from day one until graduation. I would NOT recommend it to anyone looking for a quality education. The tutors leading this course were disinterested, unprofessional, lazy, grumpy, biased and overall the worst teaching staff I have ever encountered. The course was set up to be focused on "independent learning and research"... which later was revealed to mean that there was no real instruction or support provided and students were expected to learn and do everything on their own. Any good reputation for this school is apparently still holding from a distant past, because the current status is bleak and not worth the time and money spent to be there.

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Student Review: 1.2 /5
By member734897 On 13th November 18 verified Verified student

The lecturers are frequently lazy , egotistical and racialy oppressive. 'Commitment to equality and diversity' is just a phrase they write to lure you in - be warned. Their VLE is a joke and information is not uploaded in any logical way - more like hunt the thimble... The lectures are often disorganised and they rely heavily upon out of date powerpoints. Much like a Micheline star restaurant banking upon the chefs of yesteryear but really only serving reheated frozen food...That they are still charging Micheline prices for.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member433576 On 23rd August 18 verified Verified student

I would not recommend this uni, don’t bother applying especially if you want to do a psychology degree. Speaking to my peers a lot weren’t happy and felt the department was badly organised. If you’re in a stream you will constantly have issues with timetables and being put into the wrong group. Also the grades published were always incorrect and unfortunately they were not willing to help with queries most likely passing you on to someone else or not replying. Information is messaged to you an 1hr or less before labs or lectures which is so frustrating if you commute. Timetables are so inconvenient and awkward, you could come in for just 1hr or you could have a 6/7 hr gap. No rescheduling of exam topics missed due to strike. Speaking with other psychology students it seems like you shouldn’t bother appealing or doing a mitigating as the psychology board is very harsh, unsympathetic and inflexible, not even the offer of resits made to those students. My advice is APPLY SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By member732791 On 10th July 18 verified Verified student

I am doing my MSc in Forensic Psychology here. I thought my undergraduate uni was bad but this really is something else. Severe lack of communication of anything of importance with students. Wrong grades published on transcripts for students, with no explanation and no way of knowing the true grades. If you have applied for mitigating circumstances for any reason, you will not be told if it has been approved, and when I asked I was led to believe it was denied and I'd be getting a zero mark until I chased it up and it was in fact approved. Contradicting instructions regarding coursework explanations and exam resits. You'll be waiting at least 2 months for some coursework marks to arrive. We suffered weeks of no lectures due to the strike earlier this year (with a refusal to publish lecture slides or reschedule). Now it wasn't so much the strike in itself that was the problem, it was made worse when we was told the 3-4 weeks of missed topics could still come up in our exams!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member631473 On 27th April 18 verified Verified student

This is in a different league from e.g.LSE or KINGS. Teaching staff are laid back and sloppy, and taking refuge in petty bureaucracy to avoid onerous teaching , and PARTIULARLY marking taks (ALTHOUGH PAID FOR DEARLY) 2nd rate academics' absolutely nothing inspiring. Absolutely NOT value for the huge amounts of money in anyway shape or form AVOID.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member729481 On 27th December 17 verified Verified student

It is an amazing University recently visited on a school trip thought that the quality of training was excellent but the food needs to be better.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member928139 On 6th September 17 verified Verified student

Biggest let down of my life. Students are clique-y, departments are badly organised and the amount of teaching does not correspond to the money you are asked to invest in your education at Goldsmiths. The careers service is no good and the Uni is not considered as highly as it claims amongst employers. Do not go, especially if you are genuinely looking to study Media and work in creative industries. Employers have told me, several times, that a Media degree does not guarantee a job in the media (you might as well go study biology and become a tv producer before I even get a job as a runner). Stay away!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member927023 On 19th July 17 verified Verified student

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.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1126143 On 24th March 17 verified Verified student

Terrible university can't recommend this at all.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member424508 On 3rd November 16 verified Verified student

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1224479 On 29th October 16 verified Verified student

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.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member822672 On 28th May 16 verified Verified student

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

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1318004 On 10th November 15 verified Verified student

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.

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1117726 On 2nd November 15 verified Verified student

Goldsmiths is definitive the best place to study media and communications and fine arts.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member417488 On 26th October 15 verified Verified student

Although I love Goldsmiths, the WiFi is practically inexistent. Then again it makes me actually be productive.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By hennibupat On 24th October 15 verified Verified student

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1317244 On 21st October 15 verified Verified student

Great atmosphere Very diverse Great research facilities

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1217104 On 20th October 15 verified Verified student

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.

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By dewilson On 20th October 15 verified Verified student

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1214772 On 17th August 15 verified Verified student

Vibrant and exciting campus and people

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member914673 On 13th August 15 verified Verified student

Good atmosphere great courses..

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