Goldsmiths, University of London prides itself on being the creative focal point of the capital. Creative minds are encouraged to thrive, ideas are given the time and space to grow, while courses and research activities touch on a wide range of subjects across 20 academic departments. The QS World Rankings placed Goldsmiths in the top five UK universities for Art & Design and Communication & Media Studies. In 2014 the Research Excellence Framework rated it in the UK’s top 25 universities for the quality of its research. Goldsmiths boasts exciting new courses and novel approaches to research issues, while its interdisciplinary ethos has led to it becoming a national leader in many subject areas.
For more than two centuries, generations of university students have chosen to continue their academic adventure at Goldsmiths. In 1792 the Counter Hill Academy opened its doors in New Cross, in a house built by Deptford distiller, William Goodhew. The Royal Naval School then bought the site, building what is now the university’s Richard Hoggart Building in 1843. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths acquired the school and reopened it in 1891 as The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Technical and Recreative Institute. With the dawn of the 20th century, the Company handed over the Institute to the University of London. It was re-christened Goldsmiths College, heralding the modern era of Goldsmiths, University of London. In 1988 Goldsmiths became a full School of the University of London and in 2004 it celebrated 100 years as part of the university. In 2008, it was named in the top 35 of research-intensive universities. The 2012-13 World University Rankings recognised Goldsmiths’ world-leading status in the field of Arts and Humanities, acknowledged in the world’s top 100 institutions for these subjects and the UK’s top 20 for the third year in a row. At the same time, it was named in the CUG league tables in the UK’s top ten for Art & Design and Communication & Media Studies programmes. Today Goldsmiths actively encourages close links between its departments so students can learn in a fertile interdisciplinary atmosphere. This allows staff to develop new programmes and new research opportunities that lead the way in contemporary academic thinking.
There is a plethora of quality student accommodation for those studying at Goldsmiths. Half-a-dozen properties in the capital are provided by Homes for Students, one of the UK’s leading providers. The organisation works in partnership with the university and Student Union in order to deliver the best possible student experience. Weekly prices include all your utility bills, free broadband and WiFi, communal study spaces, regular social events and secure cycle storage. If you are a semester starter, fear not. Prestige Student Living offers a range of different room types that run from now until August 2017. For students taking a short course, there is a flexi-stay option allowing you to choose any room type for a minimum of 10 weeks. If you intend to stay until the summer, there are a number of choices available in London between July 2017 and September 2017. For more information visit http://www.prestigestudentliving.com/london or call 0333 344 3787.