ELC Bristol

Welcome to
ELC Bristol

Established in 1969, The English Language Centre Bristol is a family-run school and a Centre of Excellence. We offer intensive General English and Examination Preparation courses. We have been accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English in the UK. We are members of IALC (International Association of Language Centres) and Quality English. The school is also a member of The English Network (TEN), a group of 10 independent schools that share best practice and have a reputation for quality and personal service.

Choosing Your Course

Intensive General English
Monday - Friday (21 hours per week)
General English is a 21 hour per week course covers all 4 communicative skills and essential grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and phrases. If your level is B2, you can choose an elective including Business English, British Life and Culture, Conversation and Pronunciation and Academic English



2-3 weeks


4-10 weeks


11-19 weeks


20-29 weeks


30+ weeks


Average age: 23 Minimum age: 16  Nationality mix: Multinational

Why Choose ELC?


Bristol is a lively student city, well-known for its nightlife, theatres, shopping, music scene and street art.The lively harbourside is popular with our students, and there is a wide choice of international restaurants in the city.


It is the joint-number 1 English language school in the UK according to the EL Gazette’s rankings, based on the British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.
Our dedicated teachers have an average of more than 20 years’ experience and our Cambridge exam pass rates are better than the national average.
Most of our accommodation and many attractions are within walking distance of the school.



Bristol is a lively university city and our students can join many of the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies – the perfect way to make English friends.
Bristol International Airport has flights to 119 cities in 36 different countries, so it is easy to get here and a big advantage if you want to visit other European cities. Bristol is also well located for day trips to London, just 1 hour 40 minutes by train.

Choosing Your Accommodation

Almost all of our accommodation is located within walking distance of the school.

 ELC Bristol is in Clifton, one of the most attractive parts of the city.

We arrange the accommodation ourselves and don’t use an agency.

 55% of our students live in homestays, 35% live in independent student houses and apartments and 10% find their own accommodation.

Homestay accommodation

Homestay accommodation includes bed (single room), breakfast and an evening meal. Staying with one of our homestays is the best way to experience the British way of life. The average time to walk to school is 20 minutes.


Homestay, half board, single room

£180 per week

Student Residence (18+)

Self-catering accommodation is very popular at ELC Bristol. Some students like to be independent and cook for themselves instead of living with a homestay family. In self-catering accommodation, you will be living with other students from the school in student houses, smaller apartments or our larger student residences. All of our self-catering accommodation is within 20 minutes’ walk of the school.


Student House, single room, self-catering

£185 per week

St, John’s House, single room, self-catering

£195 per week

En-suite single room, self-catering

£200 per week

£30.00 refundable deposit for student houses and flats (to be paid on arrival) Extra night’s accommodation (if available): £35.00


Not Included Fees