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.


Please make sure you have read our full terms and conditions before sending us an enrolment. 

  • Complete the enrolment form and send it to the school or give it to your local representative together with the deposit of £400.00.

  • Check if you need a visa via the government website here. For more information about visas see the shcool website here.

  • When we  receive your deposit we will send you an acceptance letter, Certificate of Registration (or visa letter if applicable) and an invoice. 

  • The balance of your fees is payable 2 weeks before your course begins.

  • Scan and send us a copy of your visa if issued in advance.
  • Accommodation details are normally sent 2 weeks before your course starts. 

  • You should arrive in Bristol on the Sunday before your course begins and leave on the Saturday after your course finishes.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation: £35.00 per night. You must check availability with the school before booking this. 

  • Please contact your accommodation provider 1 week before you come to let them know your arrival time. This is very important as they would like to be at home when you arrive!

  • For useful pre-arrival information, please click here.
  • If you enrol online, you are entitled to a ‘cooling off period’ of 14 days with the right to free cancellation. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information about this.

NB - If you are planning to arrive less than two months before you course start date, please be sure to check availability with the school before sending us your booking and deposit and before booking your flight.

Medical Costs and EHIC cards

  • Although emergency treatment in hospitals is free, if you need further treatment or non-emergency treatment, most students will have to pay for this.
  • Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) do not have to pay, if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), so, if you are from the EEA, we strongly recommend you bring this EHIC with you.
  • For more information about NHS charges please see the Citizens Advice Bureau here.



We strongly recommend that you take out Student Travel Insurance before you come to the UK. Insurance should cover the loss of your fees and flights in case of cancellation or curtailment (shortening your course, remember our tuition fees are non-refundable as per our terms and conditions), medical expenses, personal injury, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and the loss of personal belongings and money.

If you do not have your own insurance, we can provide you with insurance under our Studentguard+ Student Travel Insurance Policy. The cost is £5.90 per week including Insurance Premium Tax. You must ask for insurance at the time you book your course as cover is not available once you arrive in the UK.  If you book insurance through the school, you will need to pay for this within one week of it being invoiced. Insurance booked through the school will not be valid until payment has been received to cover this.