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Accommodation

Long term study in immersion: Accommodation

In each school, various accommodation options offering a rich and attractive extra-curricular life may be booked according to your aims and desires. We consider the accommodation to be a very important part of any language study trip abroad. For this reason, during the selection of our partner schools, we have only kept the institutions who are able to guarantee a standard of quality of accommodation as high as that of the courses. We are glad to advise you in order to help you find the type of accommodation corresponding best to your expectations.

Host family

Host families are carefully chosen by our partner schools and are regularly monitored by student feedback. In general, students with the same mother tongue are not accommodated together, unless requested. Specific requests concerning the host family (children, teenagers, animals, special diets, non-smokers, etc.) are taken into account whenever possible. It is very important to let us know if you suffer from any allergies or medical conditions so that we can inform the host family. Your interests and hobbies will also a factor in choosing the most suitable family for you. Host families generally live near the school. There is no doubt that staying with a family is the best type of accommodation for language studies. Daily contact with the family enables you to practise the language regularly, as well as to explore the language, customs and way of life of the country. This great experience is an excellent complement to the courses. Friendships are often forged and many students keep in touch with their host families long after their stay has ended.

Residential accommodation

Residential accommodation facilities are hotels/hostels that offer very attractive prices because of their links with our partner schools. You will stay with other students as well as tourists and other foreign clients of the school. Residence dining rooms and bars are excellent places to meet people.

Shared apartment

Comfort and independence

In a shared student apartment, you will stay with other students and/or locals. You will have a single room to yourself and enjoy complete independence, including use of a kitchen, while living with people sharing a similarly independent outlook. This option is very popular in Germany (WG or Wohngemeinschaft) and England (student house), but is also offered in Australia, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Malta, Italy, Austria, Egypt and Latin America.

Campus

An ideal option for students aiming to enjoy maximum independence, this type of accommodation is the best way to meet other students. You can choose a single or (more commonly) a double room, and you will usually have to share the bathroom and kitchen with other students. The level of comfort in campus accommodation depends on the general standard of living in the country you have selected.

Hotels / apartments

It is also possible to plan a stay in the comfort of a hotel room or a rented apartment. In most cases our partner schools offer a hotel or apartment reservation service. This type of accommodation is obviously more expensive than the other options.

Courses without accommodation

It is possible to enrol with ESL for the courses only and make your own accommodation arrangements. If you have friends abroad or wish to arrange your own accommodation, please let us know. You will only pay the price of the course without any supplement. If you are interested in renting an apartment alone or with other students, the best way is to enrol in one of the accommodation plans for the first week(s), giving you time to make friends and make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

Most partner schools require a deposit if you wish to stay in halls of residence or a shared apartment. If that is the case, you will find details of the deposit on our website, in the "options, extras" section of each school’s price list. The deposit is EUR 170 on average, payable on arrival with cash or credit card, just like when you check into a hotel. It will be refunded upon your departure, once it has been confirmed that everything is in order.

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TESTIMONIALS

Florian D.

I spent 24 weeks at EC in Malta, for an intensive course. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I don’t regret it at all! In 6 months, my English level improved a lot. Malta is a beautiful island full of places to visit – I spent 6 months there and I wasn’t even able to see everything!

If you’re still unsure about a language stay, stop doubting and go! It will be the best experience of your life.

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Héloïse E.

My stay at Kings in Boston was very successful. I loved the idea of travelling far away on my own. When I arrived at the airport, the adventure started. Kings Boston is located in a natural, beautiful setting, far from the noise of the city. Classes are provided by motivated, native teachers, and this makes the learning process faster. I improved a lot! Also, during classes we talked about interesting topics, and what’s cool is that we watched many videos, news reports and movies. I find this teaching method very practical; it’s different from the traditional ones that I experienced at school or uni. Another thing I liked a lot was that my afternoons were free, so I could explore Boston from 12:30pm until late at night. Kings gives you a lot of independence and freedom. If you want to burn off the greasy and boring food of the cafeteria, the school organises many sport activities every day, and there is also a gym (open until late). All the other activities are as cool as the sports ones: you’ll be able to spend a day in an amusement park, a weekend in Washington or New York, a night on a boat or a day at the beach (but be careful, as some activities can be very expensive, from 25 to 300 dollars).

Rooms are not luxurious – they’re basic and not great, but at least they’re big enough for two people.

In general, I spent 3 unforgettable weeks at Kings. Boston has thousands of things to offer, and if I can give you a piece of advice, travelling alone is even better, as on site you’ll meet so many people from around the world!

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Alexandra I.

On 15th May 2017 I packed and went to Ireland. I was supposed to stay for 2 months and travel by myself for the first time! The transfer from the airport to my host family went well (a member of the school staff took care of it). This is where I realised that my English was pretty bad and that my very French accent was a big barrier.

My host family was adorable and gave me a city map, explaining which buses I had to take and where the school was.

The first day was frightening. Luckily, the school organised some group activities every day (which allowed me to make new friends) and excursions every weekend. In addition, the teachers did their best to help us integrate.

Ireland (despite some negative aspects, such as the rain, greasy food and some dirty streets in the capital) is a marvellous country with incredible landscapes and a warm and open-minded population.

After my first month with a host family, I decided to move to a student residence. ESL and ISI were super quick and effective with this change.

At the end of my trip, I had improved my English a lot (B1 > B2), and I can say that in Dublin, I had one of the most enriching experiences of my entire life.

A couple of tips: try to avoid people who speak your native language; if you can, stay in the country for more than a month (you need at least 1 week just to get used to the new place and 1 month to feel at home); visit as many places as possible and don’t skip your classes!

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