An exciting student social programme!
Our social programme is very popular with students and participation rates are high. To see the sort of things we do, have a look at the calendar.
Types of activities
Examples of weekday activities: Conversation Club, Job Club, Film Club, Banksy Street Art Trails, Shopping Trips, International Food Parties, Welcome Drinks and End of Term Parties, Talks, American Pool & Darts, Opera/Ballet/Theatre, Laser Fusion, BBC Studio Tours, Golf, Bowling, Salsa, Harbour Cruise, Bristol Zoo, SS Great Britain, Paintball, Yoga.
Examples of weekend excursions: London, Oxford, Bath, Cardiff, Avebury/Stonehenge/Salisbury, Cambridge, Longleat House & Safari Park, The Cotswolds & Gloucester.
What the social programme has to offer
Run by our own staff, the social programme is a great way to explore, make new friends and practise English.
An exciting social programme is organised each week on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. However, many activities are free. The programme includes regular sports, a minimum of two evening activities a week and a day excursion outside or inside Bristol on a Saturday or Sunday.
You can use the facilities of the University Students’ Union Building, which is located only 15 minutes' walk from Abon House. A special advantage for ELC students is that if you become an Associate Member of the Students’ Union. This means you can also join many of the University Students' Union clubs and societies during the academic year - the perfect way to make English-speaking friends!
Football with the teachers - every Thursday
Football is organised by the teachers themselves. Sometimes it is really popular and places are limited so you may not be able to play every week. We usually play on a 3G astro turf pitch (plastic grass) and you can wear trainers or football boots. Some students go by car with a teacher but normally some people need to take a 10-minute journey by train, which costs £2 return. By the way, the teachers play in red shirts and they do sometimes win!
We also sometimes play on grass near the school when numbers of players are lower and then it is free to play.
Swimming in Bristol
We recommend the swimming pool at Clifton College Sports Centre, where you can also use the gym and badminton facilities. This costs £5 per session, or you can also get a 3-month pass for £120.
Premier League Football
While you are in the country, why not take the opportunity to see a Premier League football match? Go with some other students - it will be more enjoyable and could save you money.
Become a member of a club to get priority tickets, often at a reduced price. For example, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club membership starts at £25 per season.
The Viagogo website has tickets for most Premiership matches.
Thomas Cook sells hotel and match packages (usually around £150). Register to get emails as soon as tickets become available.
Do not buy from unofficial websites. It is illegal, and you might lose your money.