Learn English in London
Choosing to come to London to learn English represents a big investment. After all, you’ll be spending money on your travel, your accommodation, your course fees and living costs while you’re in London. That means it’s vital you ask all the questions you have about learning English in London before you make the commitment to come. Here are some questions students often ask us before they come to London to learn English:
How can I choose the right language school for me?
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a language school. Coming to London to learn English is a big investment, so it’s important to choose carefully. Consider the following key factors when making your decision:
quality of teaching
How can I be sure my preferred language school offers high-quality teaching?
You should be sure to check the accreditations held by your preferred London language school. Ideally they should hold some or all of the following:
- accredited by the British Council, EAQUALS and ISI
- membership of English UK, the national association of accredited English language centres
- in receipt of good or excellent inspection reports from EAQUALS and ISI.
Knowing your London language school is properly accredited will give you peace of mind that the quality of teaching is of a high standard.
What accommodation options are available?
There are lots of different accommodation options available for anyone coming to study English in London. Most language schools have an accommodation office that can help you understand your choices and perhaps arrange your chosen options. These may include the following:
- staying in a dedicated student residence with other students learning English at the same college
- staying with a local family, called a homestay
- renting a flat or apartment yourself, anywhere in London
- choosing to stay in a hotel or apart-hotel.
If you’re not sure which is right for you, be sure to discuss it with your language school’s accommodation office. They should be able to help you narrow down your options.
Where do students come from?
Students come from all over the world to study English in London. While you’re studying at a language school in London you’re likely to meet students from all parts of Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. This diversity is one of the great benefits of learning English in the UK – not only will you benefit from being around native English speakers, but you’ll get to make friends from all over the world as you share your learning journey together.
Can I open a bank account in the UK?
Yes, provided you’re studying in the UK for at least 6 months, you should be able to open a UK bank account.
Can I work in the UK while I’m studying here?
Some students are permitted to work while they’re also studying in the UK, but the rules can be complicated so we can’t advise individuals on whether they can work. To check for yourself, see the government’s regulations at ukvisas.gov.uk