Accommodation Tips and What To Pack!


Looking for accommodation in London can be daunting, especially when it’s your first time living away from home, so we’ve got some tips for finding the right place for you.


Finding Private Accommodation

We have an Official SU Facebook Group for housing, ask to join the group and scope out any rooms going free, meet like-minded students or look for new housemates for a property you’ve already found.

There are also a number of external Facebook groups and sites you can use to compare prices and housing options including the South East London Housemate Co-op and SpareRoom.  

As a Goldsmiths student you also have access to the University of London Housing Services. Use the site to find accommodation, get contracts checked and get legal advice.

See the University’s accommodation advice page here.



Area Guide

If you don’t want to live right on the doorstep of uni, there are a few areas directly surrounding New Cross that offer a range of options for whatever kind of neighbourhood you might fancy:


The centre of Peckham is a hub of activity with plenty of shops, markets, a library, a cinema, galleries and even a pool hall! There are lots of residential areas hidden away off the main high street near to both Queen’s Road Peckham and Peckham Rye overground stations. Peckham Rye Park is a beautiful open green space complete with connecting Peckham with Nunhead and East Dulwich.


Neighbouring Brockley is a quiet, fairly suburban and family friendly neighbourhood. Whilst it is a quiet neighbourhood, it’s not without a lovely range of local cafes, bars and shops, most of which are located on Brockley Road.


Deptford is full of history and hidden gems. Discover Deptford Market, The Albany Theatre and Deptford High Street which boasts all sorts from a volunteer cinema to Vietnamese restaurants and a tattoo parlour.  

Find out more about the local area of New Cross and other local highlights here.



What to Pack

So you’ve bagged yourself a room but have you given any thought to what you need to bring with you? With most shared student accommodation, there’s always double ups or things that never get used: however much you love cheese, no house needs five cheese graters!

We know you’ve probably written ten lists already, so instead of the long generic packing for university list, here’s some things you really need to bring and some other bits people tend to forget:


The really important stuff

  • ID - Passport and/or Driver’s License.
  • University admission information/letter.
  • Housing Contract
  • NUS card - buy yours here
  • National Insurance number
  • Student Loan documents
  • Bank cards (setting up a student account often means added perks)


Other things you might forget

  • Extension cable
  • Ear plugs - hopefully you will have considerate neighbours but you never know...
  • Mattress protector - for an instant comfort upgrade.
  • Condoms - Did you know you can also get some from us for free? We’re part of the Come Correct Scheme, a free and confidential condom scheme for under-25s.


And what not to pack

  • Enough cutlery and crockery for a dinner party. The more you own the more there is to wash up!
  • Every piece of clothing you own. You almost certainly won’t have room for lots of clothes in your new digs.  
  • An iron. Unless you have been known to iron daily, there’s a high chance you won’t ever actually use it..
  • Every book on the reading list. Don’t spend a load of money before you know which books you can borrow/loan or get cheap second hand.