Online Campus Tour

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?

Outside the main entrance of the Richard Hoggart Building

Start your journey outside the Richard Hoggart Building

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 PerformanceHistoryVisual Cultures and Musicwhich 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.

The back of the Richard Hoggart Building overlooking the college green

The back of the Richard Hoggart Building overlooks the College Green

The back of the Richard Hoggart Building overlooking the college green

The Richard Hoggart Building always reflects the changes in season

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.

The Student Centre reception area

The Student Centre is available to support you with a range of topics

The Student Centre reception area

You will be able to visit the SPACE to get support from the Careers Service

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.

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.

A female member of staff serving a burger in the Refectory

There are lots of places to dine on campus, the Refectory has a great selection

Students working in Thirty Five cafe

Thirty Five has a mural by local artist Joshua Drewe on the far wall that celebrates Goldsmiths’ history and that of the surrounding area

Students working in Thirty Five cafe

The Refectory has two floors, including cosy booths perfect for study groups

Students sitting on the college green on a sunny day Students sitting on the college green on a sunny day

The College Green is an unexpectedly tranquil spot to find in bustling New Cross

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.

Students socialising on the college green

The College Green is the perfect place to socialise with friends

Students socialising on the college green

Many of the buildings on campus overlook the College Green

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.

Outside the Professor Stuart Hall Building

The Professor Stuart Hall Building can be found at the back of the College Green, its large windows provide great views

Outside the Professor Stuart Hall Building

The four-storey atrium in the Professor Stuart Hall Building includes study spaces and a café

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.

A working area and staircase in the Lockwood Building

Inside the Lockwood Building there is a mezzanine level for third-year BA Design students

A female student doing woodwork

Design students have access to a range of facilities including a wood and general fabrication lab

A female student doing woodwork

If you study Design, you'll be supported by a team of highly skilled makers and practioners

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.

Outside the Whitehead Building on a sunny day

If you study Psychology you are likely to spend a lot of time in the Whitehead Building

Outside the Whitehead Building on a sunny day

The Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre is the largest on campus and is used for teaching and events

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.

Outside the St James Hatcham Building

The building still retains a lot of original features including stunning stained glass, arch decorations and traditional stonework

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.

Laurie Grove in New Cross

The historic Laurie Grove Baths once held dances and wrestling matches

Laurie Grove in New Cross

Today the original changing rooms are witness to Art degree shows

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.

Outside the Students' Union

The SU building features a mural by Design graduate, Ted Low

Outside the Students' Union

The SU's range of societies includes a variety of activities including bouldering!

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.

Outside the Margaret McMillan Building

The Margaret McMillan Building is home to the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths

Stop 10: Warmington Tower

Warmington Tower is home to the Departments of English and Creative Writing, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology. It also holds office space for some of our support departments.

Did you know: Warmington Tower was built in 1969 as purpose-built halls of residence. It was the first mixed halls at Goldsmiths.

Outside Warmington Tower

Warmington tower is home to several of our departments

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.

Outside the Rutherford Building

You'll find the Library inside the Rutherford Building

Outside the Rutherford Building

You can find the IT suite upstairs in the Rutherford Building, there is a choice of iMacs or PCs

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.

Deptford Town Hall Sign

The Baroque-style building was acquired by Goldsmiths in the late 1990s

Deptford Town Hall Sign

This building was originally the town hall for the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford

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.

Outside our halls of residence Loring Hall

The nearest train station to Loring Hall is New Cross Gate

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 ComputingDesign 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.

Outside the Ben Pimlott Building featuring the scribble sculpture

The spaghetti-like scribble (sometimes called the squiggle) was designed by award-winning architect Will Alsop

Outside the Ben Pimlott Building featuring the scribble sculpture

The Ben Pimlott Building is transformed into an exhibition space for our degree shows

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.

Outside the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

The CCA also hosts regular talks, performances, screenings and other events related to the exhibition programme

Outside the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

Students in the Department of Art get to make use of the gallery as an academic space

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.