Covid-19 (Coronavirus) advice for Goldsmiths applicants

This page provides help and advice for people whose application to Goldsmiths may be impacted by Covid-19 measures.

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We appreciate that prospective students are understandably concerned about Covid-19 and the potential impact on their ability to complete the enrolment process to study at Goldsmiths.

If you've received an offer for the 2021-22 academic year

We will be emailing you regularly and updating this page with the latest information applicable to you. 

We have shared information about how Goldsmiths will be delivering teaching for the autumn term, and have put measures in place to help make our campus a safe place to study.


Applying for accommodation

Visit our accommodation pages to find out about application dates for our halls of residence, and to explore your options.

Last year all accommodation applicants, including those who applied after our deadline, received an offer of accommodation before the start of the autumn term. We will make every effort to accommodate late applicants again this year and we can also provide advice and support to those who wish to explore private sector housing.

Moving into accommodation arranged through Goldsmiths

We will be emailing you about your accommodation and you can read our guidance around Covid and moving into our accommodation.

Arriving into the UK and self-isolation

The process for arriving into the UK from overseas is under regular review by the UK government.

Please read our guidance about travelling into the UK for the latest information. 

We will be ready to support your arrival based on the circumstances at the time. For example, during the 2020-21 academic year we have provided help and advice on how to self-isolate, facilitated contactless delivery of shopping for students in university accommodation, and signposted additional services like wellbeing resources and financial support. 

Student Loans

The Student Loans Company have issued guidance for prospective students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Open Days, applicant events and visiting campus

You can check our Applicant Hub for the latest information about applicant events, and explore our virtual tour of the Goldsmiths campus.

CAS deadlines

If you are applying to join us in September 2021, please refer to our latest deadlines for requesting a CAS statement

If you think you might be arriving in the UK slightly later than these dates then you should let the Immigration Advisory Service team know immigration ( so that we can advise and help you further.

Deferring your offer

If you are unable to start studying on your programme this year it is possible to request to defer entry until September 2022.

This is normally authorised by the academic department in which your programme is taught. If your request to defer is granted we guarantee that your place will be held until September 2022.

We usually contact deferred offer holders in the spring before they start to confirm that they still wish to take up their place.

If you wish to defer your offer to 2022, please complete our deferral request form. If you have any questions or want to discuss your options you can email admissions (

For BA Fine Art (Extension) deferrals, please contact Jacqueline Pennell j.pennell ( directly.

Problems with IELTS, SELT, other certificates and final grades

Unable to take the IELTS test as centres are closed

For admission directly to degree programmes at Goldsmiths we accept a variety of tests and qualifications as proof of English. Please see our list of Alternative English Language qualifications.

For students who are joining the International Foundation Certificate programme taught in the UK you will still require a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

The UK government website contains the latest information about SELTs. The IELTS website has the latest information about testing centres.

If you have further questions or concerns about meeting the English language requirements of your offer then email to discuss your circumstances.

Results not received

If you have already taken an IELTS test, but have not received your results, you should receive your Test Report Form (TRF) by email

If you have not yet received the hard copy of the certificate, you can provide us with the TRF number and we can verify this online.

We cannot contact IELTS for you because they will not share your information, but if you provide us with the TRF number we can verify your results for you and this means we should be able to process your offer.

School or university certificates and final grades

If you are unable to obtain your certificates, or if examinations have been cancelled in your home country, Goldsmiths can help. Please contact admissions ( and we will advise you on what you can do.

If you are concerned that school or university closures or any other issues relating to the pandemic may have affected your final grades, you should let our Admissions team know by emailing admissionsconfidential ( We will do all we can to support you in this situation.

If anything is unclear or you are worried about your ability to successfully enrol for study this year, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Page last updated 1 September