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Goldsmiths University of London has an excellent reputation as an academic and research institution with a famously strong arts and social sciences offering and there are several world-renowned artists among its alumni, including Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, Mercury-prize winning musician James Blake and Turner prize winners Damien Hirst and Laure Prouvost. The main campus stretches over the busy, vibrant district of New Cross, just 10 minutes by train from Central London.

Key Facts


  • #61 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #63 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • #107 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 6,200

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 3,000

Year founded

  • 1891

  • Seven Goldsmiths alumni have won the Turner prize
  • The university comprises 20 academic departments offering postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in everything from the arts, humanities and social sciences to computing and business management. 
  • Recent developments include a £2.9m performance and teaching space for student and public use, containing studios and a 200-seat theatre. The University has also opened the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, an art gallery of eight diverse spaces in a redeveloped listed building that once housed public baths. 
Areas of recognition

The arts remain Goldsmiths’ greatest strength. Within the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Goldsmiths is ranked in the Top 10 for Art & Design (#10). It is in the top 12 universities in the world for art and design and just outside the top 25 for the performing arts in the QS subject rankings.

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