Life in New Cross


New Cross has a thriving music and arts scene, fantastic restaurants, buzzing cafes, and a genuinely diverse and eclectic population.

It's also been voted as the best place in South East London for renting, and because we're on a single-site campus you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore the local area.

Want to find out more? Download our Little Book of London (PDF download), or read Time Out's guide to New Cross.

Central London

We're just a ten minute train ride from Central London with its world-famous galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, shops, markets and parks for you to explore.

If you're looking for quality of life and a vibrant mix of people, then London is a place that's constantly changing and offering up new experiences; then this great global city is the perfect venue for your studies.

Choosing to study in London will also improve your career prospects. You'll have the centre of business and creative industries on your doorstep, meaning plenty of opportunities for work placements during your studies, and a wealth of employment options once you've graduated.

South East London


Deptford sign

Deptford is less than a 10-minute walk from Goldsmiths. There’s a growing artistic community in the area, with many artists and makers filling the studios that sit beside Deptford Creek, the old docks.

At Deptford Market you’ll find stalls selling fruit and veg from all corners of the world sitting alongside small art galleries like Bearspace, performing arts centre The Albany, and community hub Deptford Lounge.

Look out for some fantastic murals while you’re shopping along Deptford High Street, which has been voted one of the best in the capital for its diverse independent shops. If you fancy sampling some traditional London grub, investigate pie and mash shops Manze’s or Goddard’s.

Other highlights include the Royal Albert and Dog and Bell pubs, Vietnamese café Panda Panda, and Wünderlust – a pop-up restaurant and cocktail bar inside an old Routemaster bus.

Greenwich and Blackheath

Cutty Sark

Greenwich is a 20-minute walk from the Goldsmiths campus. With strong maritime connections and status as aworld heritage site, Greenwich has history and beauty galore.

Famous attractions like the Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum sit side-by- side with bars, the brilliant Greenwich Market, a theatre, comedy club and restaurants like Jamie’s Italian.

Try the Greenwich Picturehouse for interesting films, or take in views of the river Thames and walk through the foot tunnel underneath the water. From the top of the 183-acre Greenwich Park, next to the Royal Observatory, you’ll get an excellent panoramic view of the stunning London cityscape, stretching from the London Eye in the west to the Thames Barrier in the east.

The park is just a short walk away from the village-style shops and restaurants of Blackheath, and it’s not a bad spot for a picnic. 

Brockley and Lewisham

Food stall in Brockley Market

Nearby Brockley is home to the award- winning Brockley Market. Located on Lewisham Way and open every Saturday from 10am-2pm, it’s a brilliant place to pick up fresh produce supplied by local farmers, producers and traders, and enjoy street food on the nearby picnic tables.

A short bus ride away you’ll find cafés and coffee shops like Browns of Brockley and The Brockley Mess, as well as the Brockley Jack Theatre and the retro Rivoli Ballroom, which is London’s only intact 1950s ballroom and holds regular dance and musical events.

En route to Lewisham from the Goldsmiths campus you can take in some culture at Lewisham Arthouse, or indulge yourself at Turkish restaurant Meze Mangal. Lewisham itself has a shopping centre with high street stores, as well as a large market selling everything from food and flowers to bric-a-brac.


Students at a cafe

Up-and-coming Peckham is just a short bus ride from Goldsmiths. A few doors down from Queens Road Peckham station you’ll find quirky independent bar Beer Rebellion, serving locally produced beers, ales and ciders.

Kitchen 54 just a short walk away offers American classics with a local twist like chicken and waffles and Peckham Poutine. Nearer to Peckham Rye station, the Bussey Building holds some of the best club nights and music events in South- East London.

Across the road you’ll find the ever-popular Bar Story, and during the summer months the top level of the multi-storey car park off Rye Lane is home to pop-up Frank’s Café and Campari Bar, part of the Bold Tendencies sculpture project.

The views from 10 storeys up are pretty unmissable.  Downstairs you’ll find the Peckhamplex cinema, offering ridiculously good value tickets for the latest releases at just £4.99 anyday of the week

Rye Lane has a selection of high street stores along with lots of independent butchers, fishmongers and grocers. At the bottom of the street is Peckham Rye Park, one of the many green spaces in this part of London.

East London

The sights and delights of East London are amazingly well-connected from New Cross: you can get there on the London Overground in under 15 minutes. From the nightlife of Shoreditch and Dalston to the curry houses of Brick Lane, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

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