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 the Covid-19 and the potential impact on their ability to complete the enrolment process to study at Goldsmiths.

You will be able to enrol online ahead of coming here.

If you are arriving from outside of the UK you may need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Learning will be delivered through a mix of online and in-person. We are making provision for students to study online if they must self-isolate, have underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to more serious Covid-19 infection or have caring responsibilities.

We are putting measures in place to help make our campus a safe place to study.


You can apply for accommodation now.

The accommodation application portal will remain open throughout the summer.

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.


Arriving into the UK and self-isolation

It may be necessary for students arriving to study with us from outside of the UK to self-isolate for 14 days in line with the UK Government’s latest Covid-19 control measures.

Read more about self-isolation and how Goldsmiths can help you with it.

Open Days, Applicant Days and visiting campus

Due to Covid-19, we are not currently planning any events and tours on campus.

Throughout the summer we have held various online events and information about our next events will be added to the website as early as possible. More information about these will be updated on our Open Days page.

There will be Online Open Events held specifically for students who receive an offer through Clearing.

Student Loans

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

CAS deadline extension

For those applying to join us directly in the autumn, we have extended our deadlines for requesting a CAS statement (if you need a student visa) and starting your studies.

If you think you might be slightly later than these dates then you should let the Immigration Advisory Service ( so that we can advise you 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 2021.

This is normally authorised by the academic department in which your programme is taught. If your request to defer is granted we will guarantee that your place will be held until September 2021.

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

Please contact admissions ( for more information or to request a deferral. In the subject line, please use “Deferral request: application reference number (or UCAS ID) and course title” as the subject heading.

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

Refunds if you are unable to travel due to restrictions

If you cannot travel in time to start your studies with us because of restrictions relating to Covid-19, you should be eligible for a full refund of your advanced tuition fee payment.

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 concerned that school or university closures may have affected your final grades, or if you are unable to obtain your certificates, or if examinations have been cancelled in your home country, Goldsmiths can help and advise you.

You should let admissions via know about this as soon as you can. 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 11 August