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Where to live as a Goldsmiths student

24 April 2014 Cat Byers Read time: 3 min
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Nestled in the creative hub of New Cross, Goldsmiths University has been churning out artistic talent since 1891. With 20 Turner Prize nominees calling it their Alma Matter and alumni that includes Damien Hirst and Lucien Freud, it has become infamous for innovation, diversity and creativity. While most first-year students will live in university halls, in the subsequent years students are faced with the daunting prospect of choosing which area of London to live in.

Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of the five best areas to live in if you study at Goldsmiths, due to distance, amenities and atmosphere. Now all you have to do is move in and enjoy yourself!


Bermondsey street

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Bermondsey is the borough of choice for students with a bit of cash to burn! While bargains can be found (particularly on converted council estates), the Zone 1 location means that property is at a premium here. But you get what you pay for – this area is known for being a foodie Mecca, with Borough Market a short distance away, and plenty of independent coffee shops, restaurants, stalls and cafes – including the infamous Monmouth Coffee. The area also has a creative vibe, with the White Cube Gallery being located here and lots of small galleries too. At 2.6 miles north of Goldsmiths you probably won’t be walking to lectures, but the bus only takes about 30 minutes.

Cheapest rent for a 3 bed: £1625 pcm

Cheapest sale price for a 3 bed: £365,000


Lewisham high street

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Although the media may have named Lewisham ‘the most dangerous place in the UK’, this hasn’t deterred students from moving here to enjoy the vibrant centre and low rent. Like every other borough, there are some streets that are better avoided, but the majority of residents love the area and have never had any trouble. The community atmosphere is brilliant, and current regeneration and gentrification projects mean that many creative young professionals (and their businesses) are beginning to flock here. The weekend sees a big market take over the centre, while the Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants here are said to be some of the best in London. What’s more, Goldsmiths (and the attractions of New Cross) are only a mile away – a 20 minute stroll, or 7 minute bus if you’re running late.

Cheapest rent for a 3 bed: £1200 pcm

Cheapest sale price for a 3 bed: £200,000


A bar in Peckham

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Peckham is the perfect example of what creativity and gentrification can do to an area – ten years ago this was thought of as one of the more dangerous areas of London, but now the ‘new Shoreditch’ is home to thousands of young designers, artists and journalists who came for the cheap rent and stayed for the nightlife. While prices are rising quickly, this is one of the top spots of Goldsmiths students to live due to the cool bars, clubs and live music venues that it offers. Nearby Camberwell College of Art means there are always plenty of students around too, giving it a youthful, energetic atmosphere. Being just a mile and a half from the Goldsmiths campus means it’s a pretty easy commute too.

Cheapest rent for a 3 bed: £1600 pcm

Cheapest sale price for a 3 bed: £270,000


Deptford Market on the main street

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As the site of an Early Modern Royal Dockyard established by Henry VIII and home to the pub where playwright Christopher Marlowe was murdered, it comes as no surprise that history students would enjoy living in this area! That’s not all Deptford has to offer though – it has become a creative and cultural hub in the last twenty years, with lots of small businesses, great restaurants, the Laban Dance School and a daily market that sells everything from apples to antiques. New Cross and Goldsmiths are just a short walk away, giving you the best of both worlds too.

Cheapest rent for a 3 bed: £1475 pcm

Cheapest sale price for a 3 bed: £250,000

New Cross

New Cross at the junction

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Last but not least, why not live in buzzing New Cross, right by Goldsmiths itself? Full of students with a young and relaxed atmosphere, you could join the locals enjoying the green space and gorgeous views from Telegraph Hill, the hipsters perusing the vintage market (best in South London, apparently), or even the Beatles fanatics eating in Paul McCartney’s favourite fish and chip shop. There is a great community spirit, plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs, and best of all you don’t have to get up early to get to lectures!

Cheapest rent for a 3 bed flat: £1400 pcm

Cheapest sale price for a 3 bed flat: £240,000


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