Letters to prove you are a student

You can request letters to confirm your student status from My Goldsmiths.

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Types of letters

Student status letter

A student status letter will show that you are a student at Goldsmiths, your approved programme of study and your start and expected end dates.

Printing your letter

Do this in My Goldsmiths, by going to the ‘My Letters’ tab.

Before printing, ensure that your address is correct. You can change it in the ‘My Details’ tab, using ‘Change your address’.

Visit the Student Centre if you need it stamped.

What a Student status letter is for

A student status letter can be used for many purposes, including accommodation, job applications and sponsorship.

It isn't suitable for the other reasons on this page.

Bank account letter

For opening a student bank account, banks require that you provide evidence that you are a student.

A student bank letter will show that you are a student at Goldsmiths, your approved programme of study, your start and expected end dates.

Printing your letter

Do this in My Goldsmiths, by going to the ‘My Letters’ tab.

Before printing, ensure that your address is correct. You can change it in the ‘My Details’ tab, using ‘Change your address’.

Visit the Student Centre if you need it stamped.

Eligibility requirements

You need to be fully enrolled to receive this letter, and many banks will have additional eligibility requirements, such as requiring you to be on a course which is at least one year. Contact your chosen bank for more information.

 

Council tax letter

Full-time students can use a council tax letter to prove to their local authority that they do not have to pay council tax and prevent them from being charged.

The letter specifies the minimum hours you study a week and also the duration of your course.

Printing your letter

Do this in My Goldsmiths, by going to the ‘My Letters’ tab.

Before printing, ensure that your address is correct. You can change it in the ‘My Details’ tab, using ‘Change your address’.

Visit the Student Centre if your local authority requires it stamped.

Council Tax discounts and exemptions

Full time students do not have to pay council tax. To receive a council tax exemption or discount, you should be on a course that lasts at least 1 year and involves at least 21 hours of study per week.

If there are only students living in the property, you will not have to pay any council tax.

If non-students are living in the property, the household will have to pay some council tax.

If you are in your final year of study, you will be liable to pay council tax immediately after your course end date, excluding any late summer resits.

If you move address, you will need to provide another letter with your updated address.

See GOV.UK for more information.

Graduation letter

A graduation letter proves that you are expected to attend your graduation ceremony. It can be used to help obtain permission for yourself, relative or friend to travel to the UK as a visitor.

How to request a letter

Once your graduation ceremony dates have been published online, and there is sufficient expectation that you will complete your course, you can request a letter by emailing studentcentre@gold.ac.uk.

Allow 3 working days for the letter to be issued.

Schengen visa letter

A Schengen visa Letter is used by international students here on a visa, to prove that they are students and the university is permitting you to travel in the Schengen area.

Who needs one

Students who have international status and in some cases, students who have Indefinite Leave to Remain will need a Schengen VISA Letter to obtain VISA to travel in these 26 countries. There are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

How long it takes to get one

If your trip is out-of-term, it will take a minimum of 5 working days for the letter to be ready.

If it is during the term, we will need to confirm your travel dates do not conflict with any vital teaching or assessments with your academic department, therefore it may take a little longer.

Embassy meetings

You may need to arrange for a meeting at the relevant Embassy and show further evidence such as a passport.

You will need to request the letter from the Student Centre at least five working days’ before an appointment at the relevant embassy.

When booking an appointment at an Embassy, allow adequate time for the letter to be completed.

Request a Schengen visa letter 

Complete the Schengen Letter Form (PDF) and return it to studentcentre@gold.ac.uk as an attachment.

In completing this form and returning it to us, you are consenting to share all relative information with your department to ensure that your travel dates do not conflict with teaching hours.

Please also note that not all courses have reading weeks. Check if your course does before booking any travel.

More information

The Immigration Advisory Service has more information on Schengen visas.