Support for Study Abroad students


At Goldsmiths we have a range of people in place to help you settle in to life in London and to support you through your studies

Arriving at Goldsmiths

Starting a new experience can be daunting, but as a Study Abroad student you will be welcomed to Goldsmiths with a specially designed orientation programme to familiarise you with your new study and living environment. Whether you start in September or January, during your first week at Goldsmiths we’ll introduce you to our campus facilities as well as to the local area. We will give you general advice about living in the UK alongside information on the financial, health and social services available to you. It is very important that you attend. The orientation programme is mandatory.

2017-18 Orientation is due to take place from 24-29 September 2017 and 4-5 January 2018, although these dates are subject to change nearer the time. 

Welcome Week

Each September, to welcome all the new students, we host a week packed full of events - from official inductions to campus tours and a Fresher's Fayre. You'll have a great time meeting other students and getting to know the campus and everything Goldsmiths has to offer. For information, visit our Welcome Week section

Your academic department

You’ll have an International Liaison Officer (ILO) in each of your departments to support you academically and advise you on other support services.

There are also Departmental Student Coordinators – fellow students who are there to represent you on academic issues.

English language and academic writing support

The English Language Centre (ELC) runs sessions on academic literacy, study skills, and language development to support you with your academic writing if required.

Chaplaincy and places of worship

Goldsmiths has a multi-faith prayer room and a Chaplaincy Centre that's open to everyone regardless of what your beliefs and practices may or may not be. There are lots of places of worship in New Cross and the surrounding areas. Find out more about chaplaincy at Goldsmiths.


If you live in halls of residence or close to campus, you can register at one of several nearby doctors' surgeries. There's also an NHS Walk-In Centre open 365 days a year. If you're studying for more than six months, you'll be entitled to treatment from the NHS. Find out more on the UKCISA website.


From checking your housing contract and helping with budgeting, to giving support if you're struggling with essay deadlines, the Students' Union can provide confidential advice on lots of things. There's also a dedicated Welfare and Diversity Officer and an Education Officer based in the Union.

The Student Centre

At the Goldsmiths Student Centre you can access a wide range of services and support in one location. Their specialist staff can assist you with any problems, and they run events and activities to help you make the most out of your time at Goldsmiths. If you have any questions, get in touch and they'll point you in the right direction.

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