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.

Primary page content

We appreciate that prospective students are understandably concerned about the coronavirus and the potential impact on their ability to complete the enrolment process to study at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Goldsmiths is currently following the latest advice for the UK from the Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

As the situation develops, we will continue to update our webpages so keep checking for the latest advice and guidance.

Courses at Goldsmiths are expected to run and are open for applications. We will, of course, continue to monitor the likely impact of the situation on our applicants from regions affected by the coronavirus and also how the situation develops in the UK. We will make every effort to ensure applicants are not disadvantaged.

2020-21 applicants


You can apply for accommodation until Wednesday 24 June 2020 at 12noon.

We guarantee an offer of accommodation to international applicants who apply by the 24 June.

However the accommodation application portal will remain open throughout the summer, and any applications received after the June deadline will be considered.

We are not able to guarantee a place to those who apply after the deadline, but last year, all accommodation applicants, including those who applied after the deadline received an offer of accommodation before the start of term. We will make every effort to accommodate late applicants again this year.

Open days, Applicant days and visiting campus

Due to the ongoing situation around Covid-19 (coronavirus) across the UK, we can no longer hold events and tours on campus.

We are holding a series of online events for applicants.

Student Loans

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

CAS deadline extension

We have moved our Pre-sessional English Programmes online so students will no longer need a CAS to study these programmes in the UK.

For those applying to join us directly in September, 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.

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 applicants who will join Goldsmiths via a Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme, we have moved our PSE programmes online for summer 2020 and now accept a range of English test scores for admission. See details on start dates, English qualifications and fees.

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 12 June