Information for visitors with mobility difficulties


Access guide to Goldsmiths campus

The Goldsmiths campus comprises a number of new and older buildings (some dating from Victorian times). The campus is relatively compact and it's possible to go from one end of campus to the other, within ten minutes.

We’ve been overhauling and renovating large areas of the campus. Most of the larger buildings used for teaching purposes have step-free access, lifts and accessible toilet facilities. Every single building can't claim to be fully accessible, but there's no reason why anyone should be prevented from full participation in College activities, with a little bit of advanced planning. You will also find more information about the buildings on DisabledGo.

The Richard Hoggart Building is currently being renovated, and the forecourt is closed. Please follow the accessible routes which are clearly signposted. Once you are inside the building, nearly all the rooms are accessible via step-free routes, including lifts, two of which are designed for emergency evacuation. RHB_access_map.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of the site, please email disability ( or phone 020 7717 2292. If you are thinking of attending a particular event in any of our buildings on campus, and you have mobility needs, please do contact the person or the department organising the event, in advance, and seek their advice

Richard Hoggart Building

  • Fully wheelchair accessible (except for one or two rooms in the south west corner).
  • Three lifts, two in east corridor and one in Department of Music corridor.
  • Accessible toilets in both corridors (ground and first floor)
  • Loafers café has steps down to serving area but there is a level entrance reached via the corridor leading to Students’ Union and cinema.

Library (Rutherford Building)


  • Entrance doors are quite heavy.
  • There are turnstiles on entry, but one is wide enough for anyone using a wheelchair.
  • Two lifts, one near the front, one to the rear.
  • Accessible toilets in area where stairs are located.

Warmington Tower

  • Card entrance required and card or code entrance to most floors
  • Has a lift but this is not usable in an emergency and therefore wheelchair users and mobility impaired students are advised to avoid visiting this building unless strictly necessary.

Education Building

  • Porter reception.
  • Has a lift. The lift is not usable in an emergency but there are refuge areas should evacuation not be possible without assistance.
  • Accessible toilets.

Students’ Union

The entrance near Loafers has steps, but the main entrance is across Dixon Road. There is a lift to the upper floors from here.

Laurie Grove Baths

  • Entering the building: there are two doors, the door on the left is the one to use as the one on the right has steps up to it.
  • There is an accessible toilet on your left as you enter the building.
  • Access to the studios is via a ramp down to the studios.
  • The basement area can only be accessed by going around to Deptford Town Hall Building (DTHB). To the right hand side of DTHB there are large orange doors. The porters can open these doors on request. Inside these doors is a courtyard which gives entrance to the basement of Laurie Grove Baths.
  • There is some studio space right at the back of the Baths, you go up the left hand aisle to access the back.

Other Laurie Grove buildings

Counselling Service (number 20):

  • Ground floor is accessible only

Careers (number 23-24):

  • Ground floor is accessible only
  • No toilets for students

Deptford Town Hall Building

  • Particularly unsuitable building for wheelchair users and mobility impaired people. Improvements are planned.

Loring Hall Management Centre

  • Accessible reception area.
  • Entry phone system.

No 1 St James

  • No 1 St James is wheelchair accessible throughout with an accessible toilet near the front of the building.
  • Access to the front is via a ramp.

Ben Pimlott Building

  • Porter reception
  • Has a lift.
  • Accessible toilets.

Hatcham House

  • Ramped access to front.
  • Swipe entry system.
  • Lift to upper floors, the porters have a key.
  • Accessible toilet.

Whitehead Building

  • Two entrances at either end of the building.
  • Has a lift. The lift is not usable in an emergency but there are refuge areas should evacuation not be possible without assistance. The lift is located at the far (south) end of the building.
  • The accessible toilet is located by the stairs in the main lobby area where the lecture hall is (Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre).

Lockwood Building

  • All locations are accessible to wheelchair users via lifts and ramps, except for:
  • Lockwood Annex 5 (design classrooms)
  • Lockwood basement (textiles workshop)
  • The accessible toilet is located by the gym.

New Academic Building