The UK’s Number 1 School.*

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

Read the interview and article which explain what makes ELC Bristol the number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is a 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 prefer to find their own accommodation in Bristol.  

It is really important when arranging your own accommodation to check what is included. We also recommend you read the pros and cons of living in your own accommodation.

If you make your own arrangements, it is most likely that bills will not be included with your rent - so you will have to pay these bills and your rent. You normally get bills every month or every 3 months.
Examples of bills you will need to consider are:

  • Council tax
    Always check with the landlord how much Council Tax you must pay - it is sometimes a shock!
    You can find more information about Council Tax here.
  • TV licence
    If you are living in private accommodation and have a television, then you will need to buy a television licence; for more information click here. The cost per year is £150.50 which can be paid in full or over several months. Payment can be made by direct debit here, by cheque or in cash at any local pay point. TV licensing in the UK is strict and if you don’t have a licence you could be fined a maximum of £1,000. 
  • Gas / Electricity
  • Internet / Telephone provision
  • Any parking permits you may require
  • Etc…

Deposits, Fees & Rent
Please also remember when you rent your own apartment/house, you will have to pay a deposit and probably also agency fees. You will also have to pay the rent in advance. Make sure you find out how much it is before you sign a contract.

Remember that contracts are legal documents. Be careful. Check everything before you sign. Of course, you can ask the school for advice.

Furnishings & Equipment
It is also important to check whether the accommodation is furnished, and whether other equipment is provided or you will need to bring/use your own; for example:

  • Furniture
    Furnished means that furniture (such as bed, drawers, etc.) is included
    Unfurnished is without any furniture
  • White goods (i.e. appliances such as a washing-machine, etc.)
    Semi-furnished means that white goods will be provided, but other furniture will not be – you will need to check what is and what is not included to be sure!
  • Cutlery (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Crockery (cups, plates, dishes etc)
  • Cooking equipment (such as pots and pans)
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Etc…

Beware: Scams & Dishonest Landlords

If you are searching for accommodation independently, please be careful. Some landlords are dishonest. They might try to ‘steal’ your money.

Never give out any bank details, or send money before you have viewed the property and signed a contract. Even if the person seems nice, or genuine and tells you this is normal – it is not!


Do not sign a contract if you are unsure of anything written in it or you are worried about anything it says.  You can bring your copy into school and ask one of the office staff or your teachers for advice.



*Please note that ELC has no formal arrangements with any companies/sites listed on our website, so you must be careful as we are not responsible for the quality of the accommodation or the service provided.

Please see below a list of agencies and useful contacts which may help you.  

Websites (see below) and newspapers often offer slightly cheaper student accommodation in shared houses and apartments. Agencies usually offer more expensive, higher quality accommodation, often suitable for families or couples. Contracts are usually for a minimum period of  six months or more.

We have also been given a discount code for our ELC students using Clifton Short Lets : ELCBRIS. Please put this code into the 'promotion code' box on the booking page to receive a 10% discount on your booking. 

Clifton Short Lets are an option for if you need somewhere to stay for more than a few days. Rooms are about 5-10 minutes walk from both the school and the city centre.


Agency Address Telephone No. Website
Andrews 158 Whiteladies Road +44 (0)117 9732551
Clifton Short Lets 5 Westbourne Place +44 (0)117 9237947
DIGS Triangle South, BS8 1EY +44 (0)117 9308750
Flatline 182 Whiteladies Road +44 (0)117 9732004
Kingsley Thomas 1 Whiteladies Gate +44 (0)117 9466767

Student Accommodation Websites - Please note that ELC has no formal arrangements with any companies/sites listed on our website, so you must be careful as we are not responsible for the quality of the accommodation or the service provided.

  • Collegiate - Student accommodation on College Green

Other Websites

    Gumtree is a website where people advertise all sorts of things. There is a section for Property, you can then choose Rent or Share (or Sale, i.e. buy), and set the location range - if you set the location to Bristol BS8, it will show properties in and around the Clifton area where the school is located.
    Airbnb is a website where people advertise rooms in their house, or their whole apartment, to rent when they go away (e.g. on holiday). In the section where do you want to go? enter Bristol BS8 - this is the Clifton area where the school is located.

Serviced Apartments
These are a great option for people who like the the service expected from a top class hotel, but prefer the comforts of home and to be able to cook for themselves whenever they choose.   

Prices vary but we suggest that you say you are a student, or visiting a student, at the English Language Centre Bristol - if you are lucky, you might get a special price!