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So you’ve just started a degree at Goldsmiths? If you’ve recently moved to New Cross or the surrounding area for the first time, you’re probably wondering what there is to do. Read on for our rundown of all the basics - as recommended by your fellow students and SU staff...

 

If you’re keen to meet like-minded people...

Starting uni amid so many other people can be a bit overwhelming, and it’s vital to find your tribe! To find new friends who share your passions, check out our list of over 100 societies, sports clubs and communities here at Goldsmiths. And if you can’t find a club for your specific hobby or interest, you can always start one provided you’ve got two other people who want to be on the committee! We provide guidance on how to start a new society on our website - it’s dead easy.

 

If you need a quiet place to study…

Doing a bit of work on campus? The obvious choice is Goldsmiths Library, where you can check out all the books you want and work in communal areas as well as bookable private study spaces. If you need to grab a coffee while you work, you can also head to the SU Cafe (more info on that below!)

If you’re keen to venture outside, there’s also New Cross Learning, just across the road from campus. It’s a community run library service and bookshop with free Wi-Fi and computer use, which is handy.

 

If you like browsing local shops and markets...

You’re in luck - there are some amazing ones nearby! Greenwich Market is on every day in the centre of Greenwich, with stalls and shops selling second hand books, furniture, clothing, food and art. 

Deptford Market runs along Deptford High Street every Wednesday and Saturday, and there’s fresh fruit and veg alongside amazing street food like patties, curries and jerk. While you’re there, check out the high street, which boasts tattoo parlours, gender non-conforming hair salons like Tuttii Fruittii, the Albany Theatre and loads of local run shops for essentials and groceries. Brockley Market and Model Market in Lewisham are also great places to explore.

For somewhere a little closer to home, try Green Onions in New Cross (recommended by Lisa our Finance Manager!) where you can buy organic groceries, plants and vinyl...

 

If you belong to a liberation group…

We support five liberation networks at the SU. These are BME (black and minority ethnic), women, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer +), trans and non-binary people, and disabled students. There’s also a network specifically for international students. We run regular meet-ups for all of them, giving you the chance to meet people, socialise and work on campaigns. These groups are represented by the Welfare & Liberation Officer whose role is specifically to champion you!

 

If you’re craving some green space…

First and most obviously, there’s the College green - a perfect place to hang out, especially in summer. If you’d like to try your hand at gardening or just admire what’s being grown you can also pop down to the Goldsmiths allotments!

Your closest proper park is Telegraph Hill Park, just a 5 min walk away from Goldsmiths. It’s a great place to visit on a nice day to decompress between seminars. As the name suggests, it’s set on a hill so expect some great views of the London skyline. 

If you’re prepared to venture out a little further, the biggest parks in the area are Peckham Rye Common to the west and Greenwich Park to the east. They’re about a half hour’s walk away from Goldsmiths College in opposite directions, and both are beautiful. Nunhead Park, Hilly Fields, Ladywell Park and Blackheath are also close by. 

 

If you’re badly in need of caffeine... 

If you’re on campus, the quickest place to refuel is the SU Cafe, which is open from Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm. We sell loads of sandwiches, drinks and snacks and if you need vegan, gluten or dairy free or halal food, we’ve got you covered. Plus all the money you spend gets invested straight back into the SU services and activities!

If you’re keen to venture outside Goldsmiths campus, you can head to Wakey Wakey or Mughead -both are only a couple of minutes’ walk away and they do brilliant coffee. Mughead also has a cute downstairs space where you can work. A little further afield and you have Parlez in Brockley, another solid choice recommended by your fellow Goldsmiths students!

 

If you’re into museums...

Aside from our very own Centre for Contemporary Art here at Goldsmiths, South East London has its fair share of brilliant museums - the Migration Museum, South London Gallery, Horniman Museum and Garden Museum and Asylum Chapel.

There are no less than four museums in Greenwich alone: the Cutty Sark (a huge ship permanently docked next to the river), National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and the Royal Observatory. 

Our Development & Communities Manager Galina particularly recommends the gallery in the NMM on transatlantic slave trading and the planetarium at the observatory which usually hosts a daily overview of what constellations, planets and stars are visible in the sky each night!

And if you’re keen to head into central London, you’ve got a whole plethora of fabulous museums. When we asked Goldsmiths students about their faves, they recommended the V&A and Madam Tussauds!

 

If you want somewhere cool to hang out in the evening…

If you rate street food, craft beers and art (and who the heck doesn’t?!) you’ve got One for the Road in New Cross on your doorstep. And of course the Marquis of Granby is only a minute away from Goldsmiths… but we’re willing to bet you’ve already heard about it!

Copeland Park and the Bussey Building are popular arty hangouts in Peckham, with their own bar, gallery spaces and pop-ups. If you head over to Frank’s (which we recommend, because of the amazing architecture and the fact that its rooftop cafe and bar have amazing rooftop views) make sure you take a photo on its pink stairwell - a rite of passage for many Goldsmiths students! 

And if you’re into jazz, we're told that Steamdown, a weekly live music night in Deptford, will be right up your street!