The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on British
Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol their number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.


Some students like to be independent and cook for themselves instead of living with a homestay families and, as a result, self-catering accommodation is very popular at ELC Bristol. 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.  For details about living in self-catering accommodation, please click here.

Please note that in self-catering accommodation students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and the common areas. This may not suit some students so before deciding where you want to live, we suggest you definitely read all the rules for living in self-catering accommodation and you consider all the pros and cons.

The following accommodation is available for our students throughout the year; there are 58 bedrooms in total (some doubles available on request), in 6 different student houses and apartments. There are also a further 2 self-catering apartments adjoined to family homes. All our houses are quite different and have different facilities and atmospheres.

Some of the student houses are quite large and are more sociable, communal environments. Other self-catering apartments may have just 2 or 3 students and have a quieter, more tranquil feel.

Some properties have private showers, or complete en-suite bathrooms, in every room. Some residences have TVs in every bedroom, whereas others have TVs in the communal areas. All of our houses have Wi-Fi Internet access and washing machines.

Self-catering accommodation is really popular at ELC Bristol, so please book as early as possible and always check with us first to be sure that you get the type of accommodation you prefer before it is full.


ELC Student Residences



 No. Students 


Walking Distance to School

More Information

St. John's House

28 No 3 - 7 minutes


Granby Hill 9 Yes 15 - 20 minutes


Wellington Park

7 Showers and basin,  

2 shared toilets           

5 - 10 minutes Photos
St. Paul's Road


10 - 15 minutes Photos
Mortimer Road

Showers and basin,

2 shared toilets

10 - 15 minutes


Clyde Cottage


10 - 15 minutes Photos





Richard is a warden at St. John's House.                     Juan is a warden at St. John's House and also the Property

He takes care of the student check-ins               Manager for all of the school's self-catering residences. He takes

     and maintenance of St John's.                        care of the check-ins and maintenance for the other properties.