The UK’s Number 1 School.*

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

Read the article which explains 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 like to be independent and cook for themselves instead of living with a homestay family 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 1 - 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

Unite Young Adult Residence



22 -27 minutes


Pros and Cons

Juan is a warden at St. John's House and also the Property Manager for all of the school's self-catering residences. He takes care of the check-ins and maintenance for the other properties.   Richard is a warden at St. John's House. He takes care of the student check-ins and maintenance of St John's.