At Open Days, our students lead tours of the campus. If you are unable to make it to Goldsmiths in person, why not take the tour online instead?
Stop 1: Richard Hoggart Building (RHB)
Often considered as the main entrance to Goldsmiths, the Richard Hoggart Building can be found at the front of the campus. Here you will find our reception and The Great Hall, one of our key events spaces. The RHB, as it is known by Goldsmiths staff and students alike, is also home to the Departments of: Theatre and Performance; History; Visual Cultures and Music, which has its own purpose-built rehearsal rooms.
Did you know: Goldsmiths has been part of the University of London since 1904. Benefits for our students include access to Senate House Library.
Inside the RHB: the Student Centre and the SPACE
While you are visiting the Richard Hoggart Building you will find many student support services. This includes the Student Centre and the SPACE. The Student Centre team can help with general advice, enrolment, fees, assessments, letters to prove you are a student, housing and finance advice. They also provide wellbeing support, which includes referrals to our confidential counselling service. The SPACE is home to the Careers Service, which is available to help teach new skills, provide expert advice and help with work experience opportunities to current students and alumni.
Inside the RHB: dining and entertainment
If you are feeling hungry while on campus, food and refreshments are never far away. Along the right-hand corridor in the Richard Hoggart Building sits one of the many coffee shops on campus: Thirty Five café that offers a range of hot and cold food and Costa coffee.
Just through Thirty Five café is the Curzon Goldsmiths, a public cinema that shows the best of independent and blockbuster releases. The cinema also frequently hosts exclusive Q&As with filmmakers and Goldsmiths experts. During cinema opening times the café serves cocktails, wine, beer and snacks.
For a more substantial meal, The Refectory can be found in the middle of the RHB. This food-court-style dining experience offers vegetarian, vegan and halal options. You can choose to dine inside the buzzing space or outside in the peaceful courtyard.
Stop 2: College Green
For many, the College Green is the heart of the campus, and on a sunny day it’s the perfect place to relax with friends or catch up on your reading. Some sports societies also use this as a place to train and practise.
During Welcome Week, the Green is filled with Society Fairs, freebies, music and fun activities for you to get involved with.
At the back of College Green, there are tennis courts available to use.
Did you know: In the corner of the College Green you’ll find a historic post that marked the boundary between the old Kent and Surrey borders. From this point you can see London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ and ‘Shard’ buildings in the distance.
Stop 3: Professor Stuart Hall Building (PSH)
At the back of College Green, you’ll find the Professor Stuart Hall Building. This is home to the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (MCCS), the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), and the Institute of Management Studies (IMS).
In all of our media practice areas, we have purpose-built facilities that emulate current industry practice, including radio and TV studios, post-production facilities, video and sound editing suites, digital animation facilities, photography studios, and a 120-seat screening room.
The building is also filled with quiet study spaces and sofas for group work. While you are studying you can grab a coffee at our vegan Peak Street Café. On the top floor is a balcony, from which you get views of the London skyline.
Stop 4: Lockwood Building
Next to the Professor Stuart Hall Building, you’ll find the Lockwood Building, which is home to the Department of Design. All Design students have their own dedicated studio space within the department and there are electronics for prototyping circuits as well as workshop facilities, a computing suite, and a textile studio.
Stop 5: Whitehead Building
To the right of College Green sits the Whitehead Building, which is home to the Department of Psychology, the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) and the Graduate School, as well as one of the largest lecture theatres on the campus – the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre.
Did you know: The Whitehead Building was built in 1968 and had a multi-million-pound makeover in 2008.
Stop 6: St James Hatcham Building
This former church now contains a creative computing lab. It is also used for degree shows and as a performance space. The Department of Computing and the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies also occupy some of the houses along St James, which contains the Research Office – a resource that nurtures and promotes research activity at Goldsmiths.
Stop 7: Laurie Grove
Nearly all of the terraced houses along Laurie Grove are a part of Goldsmiths. The houses contain administrative offices for various departments, extending the fantastic community feel at Goldsmiths with all teams close by.
This street is also home to Laurie Grove Baths, which is a unique space that is used for Art studios and degree shows. It was built in 1898 and is Grade II listed so many of the Baths original features remain to this day.
Stop 8: Students' Union (SU)
The Students’ Union contains a gallery and performance area as well as a bar, café and nightclub. The Union has a regular entertainment programme, from comedy and karaoke to live music and club nights.
The SU is run by an elected group of four students who are paid for the year they are in post. The union hosts over 100 clubs and societies giving you plenty of opportunities to socialise while at university. There is also a student-run newspaper, magazine and radio station you can get involved in.
Did you know: Popular Britpop band Blur held their first-ever gig at our SU.
Stop 9: Margaret McMillan Building
The Margaret McMillan Building is home to the Department of Educational Studies. The building was renamed the Margaret McMillan Building following a campaign by students and staff to ensure that the historic contributions of women are more widely recognised at Goldsmiths.
Did you know: Margaret McMillan was a social reformer, who founded the first open-air nursery school in Deptford in 1914 and set up health clinics to treat poor children.
Stop 10: Warmington Tower
Did you know: Warmington Tower was built in 1969 as purpose-built halls of residence. It was the first mixed halls at Goldsmiths.
Stop 11: Rutherford Building
The Rutherford Building holds the Library, open access computers (Macs and PCs), study spaces, Assistive Technology Centre, Digital Media Suite, Media Equipment Centre, one of the laptop lockers on campus and IT helpdesk.
This is also home to the Academic Skills Centre, which offers opportunities to learn and develop a wide range of academic skills. Sessions are run by academic lecturers, study skills tutors and subject librarians.
This building is open 24 hours a day nearly every day of the year and has a little café – it is a hub of Goldsmiths life.
Stop 12: Deptford Town Hall Building
If you walk down the main road in New Cross past the local independent shops you will reach Deptford Town Hall. This is home to the Department of Law, administrative offices and the old Council Chamber, which is regularly used as a performance venue for music recitals.
Deptford Town Hall is one of three Grade-II listed buildings on campus and some of the building's iconography - including statues representing naval figures associated with slavery and empire - is contentious today and raises difficult questions about how to deal with historic celebrations of those who wielded imperial power, subjugating other nations and enslaving their people. You can find out more about the history and context of these statues – and about a community consultation to help decide their future.
Stop 13: Loring Hall
Your next stop is just a short walk from Deptford Town Hall, Loring Hall is one of our halls of residence and is the closest one to campus. We offer a range of accommodation options all within a short walk or commute of the campus. Our halls all vary in character, and the areas they are in each offer something different to students.
Stop 14: Ben Pimlott Building
Our penultimate location is the Ben Pimlott Building, which features teaching and studio space for students in the Department of Art, as well as facilities and research space for the Departments of Computing, Design and Psychology. During the summer the doors open for our degree shows, where you can explore the work of final-year students, and wander around the inspiring exhibition spaces.
The Ben Pimlott Building is one of the most recognisable locations on campus as it features a large sculptural 'scribble' on the outside, which you can spot easily when walking around New Cross.
Did you know: the 'scribble' sculpture is nine metres high and made up of 229 pieces of steel. It would be 533 metres long if outstretched – higher than The Shard, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.
Stop 15: Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
Last but not least is the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). Opened in September 2018, the CCA was designed by Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble, and hosts world-class exhibitions by international artists. Formerly a Victorian bathhouse, the CCA aims to engage with students and draw upon the research excellence of the university. The gallery is open to everyone and all exhibitions are free.
Thank you for taking our Online Campus Tour, we hope it has given you a bit of insight into what Goldsmiths' campus is like. if you would like to take a look at more of our facilities in greater detail you can visit the Goldsmiths Virtual Tour for 360 views of key spaces on campus.