Start Something New in 2018

New year, new you? We know it’s a massive cliche, however there’s no time like the present to begin making lifestyle choices that will suit you long term, not just for January.

Throw away the idea of fad diets or unreasonable gym schedules. This year, why not get active in a sociable way? Or expand your mind and your friendship group by starting a new activity?

To coincide with Welcome Back Week, we’ve picked out a range of free events for you to get involved with, to help you decide how to shape your 2018:


  • Go to more exhibitions

Seeing more art, poetry and film is on a lot of people’s to do lists, but in reality the idea gets ignored or forgotten about due to lack of time or money.

Why not start with something free happening on campus? Immerse yourself in the world of Islamic poetry and art and learn more about the creative side of Islam through ISOC’s wonderful line up of Islamic poets and artists.

The event is hosted in collaboration with the Chocolate, MENA and Visual Culture Societies. Oh and did we mention the FREE PIZZA?

Other events in the Discover Islam series include Coffee with Converts, Knitting with Niqabis and Powerful Women in Islam.



There’s also another exhibition happening on campus right now, ‘Lets Play Vinyl’ which has been featured in Time Out London and Londonist.

In 2017, Let’s Go Yorkshire commissioned photographer Elliot Baxter to take a series of portraits of the current generation of reggae sound system operators across the UK, saluting them as productive entrepreneurs creating their own arts ecology in today’s Britain. The exhibition forms part of the Let’s Play Vinyl National Tour in partnership with the University of Leicester, Birmingham City University, the University of Huddersfield and of course Goldsmiths.

Displayed as part of the Sound System Outernational Vinyl Weekender #LetsPlayVinyl is showing in the lower atrium of the Professor Stuart Hall building until 12 Feb.



  • Start a new sport

Research shows exercise improves mood, is a great way to relieve stress and on top of that being part of a team or club helps boost moral.  

Not sure what sort of team you’d like to join? Try a free taster session as part of Welcome Back Week. Our free sessions at a glance:

Yoga (22 Jan 3-4pm, & 29 Jan 3-4pm, SU Venue)
Badminton (22 Jan, 5-7pm, Deptford Green School)
Women’s Rugby (22 Jan, 6.30-7.30pm, Colfs Rugby Club)
Men’s Rugby (22 Jan, 7.30-9pm, Colfs Rugby Club)
Mixed Hockey (23 Jan, 5-7pm, Deptford Green School)
Athletics (23 Jan, 7-8.30pm, Southwark Athletics Centre)
Mixed Volleyball (23 Jan, 7-9pm, Haberdashers College)
Netball (25 Jan, 6-8pm, Haberdashers College)
Women’s Football (25 Jan, 6-8pm, St. Paul’s Sports Ground)

More info on all sports taster events here.


  • Learn how to cook

If cooking isn’t your forte, the Italian Food and Media Society are running weekly cooking classes this term. This is your chance to learn how to make a variety of delicious and healthy Italian meals, quickly and easily! Stick around afterwards to enjoy your creation accompanied by a glass of wine.

Classes take place in the SU cafe from 6.30-8.30pm:

Gnocchi 17th Jan - Want to know how to make gnocchi from scratch?
Ragu 24th Jan - Did you know that the official name for bolognese sauce is ragu?
Tiramisu 31st Jan - Learn how to make this traditional Italian dessert! 
Carbonara 7th Feb - Cream or no cream? Learn the traditional way of making carbonara.
Meatballs 21st Feb - Ikea who? Learn how to make meatballs, Italian style.
Risotto 28th Feb - Spice up your rice dishes by learning the basics of fresh risotto.  



  • Come to a new art film club

A group of MA Fine Art students applied for funding via the Academic Communities Fund and have set up a weekly Art Film Club. See something a little different from the major blockbusters on Tuesdays at 6.30pm in Goldsmiths Deptford studios (the back seminar room) with free soft drinks/beer and pizza. More info on films showing here.

If you’ve got an idea that would help build an academic community, apply for funding online here.


  • Show us what you’re made of, on stage

Show off your skills whilst also helping raise money for the Musical Theatre Society’s next show! The next SU Open Mic Night on the 22 Jan is the perfect platform to try out that new stand up routine or perform a new song.

If you don’t fancy taking part, come along and watch! Suggested donation is £3.