Goldsmiths is well connected by public transport and getting around London is easy once you know how
London has a very extensive public transport network comprised of the London Underground (Tube), London Overground, TfL Rail, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Trams, London Buses, Thames River Bus services and includes the UK National Rail network and Emirates Air Line cable car in Docklands.
Goldsmiths is located very close to both New Cross and New Cross Gate stations.
Paying for travel – Oyster cards
When you arrive in London you should buy an Oyster card which costs £5. They can be purchased from major airports, underground stations, and many local shops. Oyster is a smartcard which can hold pay-as-you-go credit, travelcards and bus & tram pass season tickets.
You can use your Oyster card to travel on buses, the Tube, trams, the DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, the Emirates Air Line, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London
You should register your Oyster card using the website printed on the reverse of your card. Doing so means you will be able to easily replace any lost cards and travel passes at a minimal cost.
If your UK bank account issues you with a contactless credit or debit card it can also be used to used to pay for travel in London after you register your card with TfL. contactless.tfl.gov.uk
Buses in London do not accept cash for travel. You must either use an Oyster or contactless payment card.
Greater London is split into nine fare zones (1-9). Most of central London is in zone 1. Goldsmiths is zone 2. You can travel by multiple modes of public transport from one London location to another as long as your ticket/pass is valid in the zone/s you are in or going through.
As a full-time student you can also apply for a 16-25 railcard and student Oyster card.
Taxis and minicabs
London’s black cabs (taxis) are a famous of icon of the city but can be very expensive to use. It is easy to pick up a black cab in central London but less so in New Cross. These are the only taxis you can take in London without booking.
Global minicab company Uber operates in London as does local app-based rival Addison Lee. It is easy to arrange an Uber ride from New Cross but beware of increased prices during variable peak periods known as ‘surges’. Addison Lee minicabs and people carriers are more easily available to pick up in central London than in New Cross.
Both Uber and Addison Lee require you to create an account and register your name and payment details online or through an app before you can use their services.
There are many local minicab companies in London. These all require advance booking. Never take a minicab you haven’t booked. Find out more at tfl.gov.uk.