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.


  • Complete the enrolment form and send it to the school or give it to your local representative together with the deposit of £300.00 (£400.00 for 2019 enrolments). 

  • 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 a Certificate of Registration and an invoice.  If you need a Tier 4 General Student Visa, you will also need to complete the ELC Bristol - Tier 4 General Student Visa sponsorship application form (see our Visas page for more information) and enrol through one of our trusted representatives. We will not issue a CAS to a direct student.

  • If you do not need a visa or if you require a Short-Term Study Visa, the balance of your fees is payable 2 weeks before your course begins.

  • If you require a Tier 4 General Student Visa and you are enrolling through one of our trusted representatives, you will need to pay the tuition fees in full and at least 4 weeks' accommodation fees  before the school can issue you with the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you need when you apply for the visa.
  • 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: £30.00 per night.

  • 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 making a late booking, 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.
  • Tier 4 students do not have to pay if they show their Biometric Residence permit (BRP) and confirmation that they have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).



  • 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), 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, we would prefer you 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.