Goldstart events offer you a chance to get to know your department, meet your coursemates and find out everything you need to know ahead of your arrival in September.

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Our student community is made up of people from a huge range of backgrounds, with many being the first in their families to ever study at university and some who are joining after several years away from formal education. We appreciate that the thought of starting university can be daunting and we want to help.

That is why we offer a programme of events and opportunities before and throughout your first term at Goldsmiths to help you settle in and equip you with what you need to make the most of your time here.

There are several events held before term, during Welcome Week and towards the end of the first term.

The first event you can attend is a taster day known as Goldstart. It offers you a chance to get to know your department, meet your coursemates and find out everything you need to know ahead of your arrival at Goldsmiths in September.

It has been designed for specifically for home/UK foundation and undergraduate students. It provides an opportunity for you to find your feet at Goldsmiths ahead of . 

Goldstart is made up of: 

  • Sample lecture or seminar from your academic department
  • Chance to meet academic staff a chance to hear tips from current students
  • Chance to ask any questions of a panel of staff and students
  • Tour of the campus
  • Social event to round off the day

On the day you will also find out about the range of services available to Goldsmiths students including the Academic Skills CentreDisability Support and the Mature Students Network. There will also be an opportunity to meet your Students’ Union.

The date you attend Goldstart will depend on which academic department you will being studying with once you become a Goldsmiths student.

Students who have attended Goldstart in the past highly recommend it and we hope it will help you will gain valuable experience, make useful contacts and start your academic journey at Goldsmiths on a positive note.

Registrations for Goldstart 2019 have now closed.

Help with travel costs

If you will be travelling from outside of London (beyond London fare zone 6) and meet the following criteria you may be eligible for a bursary to cover the costs of travel:

  • You are the first person in your family to consider going to university
  • You have a disability
  • You live in a Low Participation Neighbourhood
  • Your household income is less than £25,000 a year
  • You are eligible for free school meals
  • You are a carer for a close relative (mother/dad/sibling)
  • You have experienced living in care or living with a foster family
  • You are estranged from your family
  • You are a mature student

The maximum claim per student is £150 and you must claim within three weeks of attending – please ensure you retain any receipts. Staff will be available on the day to help you make your claim.

Find out more about Goldstart