When you arrive

Before you arrive you’ll be sent all the information you need to make the arrivals process as easy as possible.

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Welcome to Goldsmiths

We’ll let you know when you need to enrol, talk you through the process of moving into your accommodation and give you information about international orientation events where you can meet your fellow students and explore your new surroundings.

Make sure you come and say hello to the International team, who are always here to help.  


Getting to campus

From Heathrow Airport (LHR)

  • Take the Piccadilly line eastbound and change at Green Park onto the Jubilee Line
  • Change at London Bridge and catch a train to New Cross or New Cross Gate. 

From Stansted Airport (STN)

  • Take the train to Liverpool Street Station
  • Take a bus from Liverpool Street Station to London Bridge. There are number of buses you can take including the 35, 47, 48, 149 and 344. 
  • At London Bridge take a train to New Cross or New Cross Gate.

From London City Airport (LCY)

Take the DLR train westbound to Lewisham or Deptford Bridge. Both are around a 15-minute bus journey from campus.

From Luton Airport (LTN)

Shuttle buses connect the airport to Luton station, from where you catch the Thameslink train to London Bridge, then travel to New Cross or New Cross Gate stations by mainline train.

From Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Catch a train to East Croydon station. Change there and take the train to New Cross Gate.  The journey time is about one hour.

From Central London

Trains run from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and London Bridge.  Journey time is roughly 10-15 minutes.

More information

Check Tfl, National Rail or Citymapper to find alternative travel options and to check the cost of your journey.

Adjusting to life in London

London is a fantastic place to be a student. It’s a city that's constantly changing and offering up new experiences, and it has a huge mix of people from all walks of life. We also have world-famous galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, shops, markets and parks for you to explore - many of them for free. Find out more about life in London.

Hear from our students about their experiences of living in London:


You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with a local GP. The nearest hospital is Lewisham hospital.

Support services

Generally international students find it easy to transition to life in London, but if you’re struggling then we can offer a whole range of support. This includes Peer Assisted Learning (our student led mentor scheme), and our on-site Careers Service and Counselling Service. Find out more about the support we offer.

Keeping in touch with home

Mobile phones

International calls to and from mobile phones can be expensive so you may want to buy a low cost UK mobile phone or SIM card when you arrive in the UK. For the cheapest service to your home country check www.ukstudentlife.co.uk. International calls are cheaper between the hours of 8pm and 7am, and at weekends. You can dial direct to over 180 countries from the UK. Simply Dial: 00 + country code + area code.

Internet access

There is wifi across campus and internet access in halls. There are also Mac and PCs available to use in the Rutherford Building (Library) on campus. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Postal services

New Cross Road Post Office (405 New Cross Road) is just a short work from campus and offers international postage services. Postage stamps can be bought at the Students’ Union shop on campus, most local shops and supermarkets.