I had originally put down Goldsmiths college as one of my choices for university but after reading some of the threads on this forum I've been really off-put and am considering changing it to something else...
My question is... is Goldsmiths really as bad as people make out?
Are there any positives?
What bad things have you heard?
Just the general bad campus in a bad area and overall not an exciting environment to be in.
For a start, the courses are good and Goldsmiths is highly rated for research, which is what is really important. There are also a lot of extra-curricular activities and there seems to be a good student atmosphere.
As for the area, admittedly New Cross isn't the nicest area, but it's not that bad, and it's easy to get into the rest of London. You need not live your whole university life in the area of your university.
I like Goldsmiths one hell of a lot and really don't understand the bad press it has got in this forum.
i find it really frustrating and incredibly irritating that some of the prospective students rely on this forum to make up their minds. especially as hardly any goldsmiths students are actually registered here. having said that, i can't possibly let this go without recording my own opinion, as a current student, of how i've found my first month here and how i am looking forward to the coming months and years at goldsmiths.
i still cannot believe how lucky, or even 'blessed' i was to be placed in such an amazing flat with such incredible people. never before have i met this many commited students, who have bonded in such a fascinating way! from all around the world, from brighton, norwich, durham, london itelf, hidden places in asia, brazil, china, italy - every corner of the world, all in one place. nobody seems to be afraid of sharing their thoughts and their views about everything or anything. my course, in addition, has mesmerised me as i couldn't believe how much it explores! the teaching is of a high standard and the workload isn't for the lazy type.
it is true, however, that at first, new cross seems not to be a particularly desireable place to live at. but one has to realise that he/she won't be alone here. there are hundreds of students in the area, mostly first years - all in the same/similar position, thus with a thirst for adventures and dreams about london. it is truly awesome what a tube ride does - and even more on the way back when you're worn out and ready for a sit down - at your new home.
now, i did come to this forum for advice too and obviously didn't get much information apart from the odd negative comment from a frustrated soul. i hope this makes it more real for those of you who are interested in this espectacular institution! come visit and see it for yourself, it is your decision afterall.
I think banksy is just trying to get a rise out of us. Best to ignore his rambling.
Goldsmiths is a perfectly decent place to study. It may be one of the lesser UoL colleges but that does not make it bad by any means. I'd certainly consider putting it on an application form.