Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Student Life / Why Choose Portsmouth?

Why choose Portsmouth?

Portsmouth, the waterfront city, has miles of sea views and centuries of history.

Enjoy life on the water’s edge in a great city that offers students culture and experiences - from comedy nights and great music to historic ships and windsurfing or fun days on the beach.

Come and explore what Portsmouth has to offer. Our friendly school team will keep you informed about what's going on in and around this exciting cosmopolitan city by the sea - the UK's only island city! There are endless attractions for you to discover and explore including:

  • The Historic Dockyard- home to world famous ships such as  the HMS Victory, Warrior and the Mary Rose
  • Southsea Castle (built by King Henry VIII)
  • Gunwharf Quays waterfront shopping centre (restaurants, nightclubs, casino)
  • Spinnaker Tower (taller than the London Eye and Big Ben)
  • D-Day Museum (dedicated to the 1944 turning point in the Second World War).
  • Portsmouth City Museum
  • The Garrison church
  • Fratton Park- Home to Portsmouth Football Club
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
  • The School is in a great location just a few minutes' walk from the seafront and Southsea Common (voted the South East's favourite picnic spot). We are perfectly located for travel to other famous areas and neighbouring countries.
  • Just a 5 minute walk to the hovercraft across to the Isle of Wight (another PELS excursion).
  • 10 minutes from Britain's best-connected ferry port directly linked to Spain, France and the Channel Islands
  • Less than an hour away from Salisbury (to see Stonehenge), Bournemouth and the cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester
  • Just over an hour from the capital, London (home to two major airports)
  • An hour drive to Brighton
  • Under 2 hours from Oxford and Bath

Portsmouth English Language School

Testimonials

“Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever and I truly enjoyed the trips organised by the school. I would highly recommend PELS to everyone who wants to study English in the UK” Erme, 23 y.o from Turkey “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest...

Erme, 23 y.o. from Turkey

“Portsmouth is a very beautiful city. I came here with a group of Tunisian students and we stayed in a residential accommodation where I met lots of students from many countries. I talked a lot in English both in class and with my new friends. I loved the Saturday excursion to London.” Zohra, 17 y.o from Tunisia, B1

Zohra, 17 y.o. from Tunisia

“My agent recommended Portsmouth English Language School where I studied for 6 weeks. I met lots of friends and had a nice coffee with my teachers. My homestay family was great. I loved my stay in Portsmouth and want to come back next year.” Asami, 31 y.o from Japan, B1

Asami, 31 y.o. from Japan

“Coming to PELS was a good experience to meet new people from all over the world and to improve my English. It also helped me to socialize more and discover other lifestyles. Yes, it was a great experience.” Zaineb, 16 y.o. from Tunisia, A2

Zaineb, 16 y.o. from Tunisia

“I came to PELS because I wanted to improve my English. It has improved thanks to my teachers. Now my vocabulary is better and I can speak with other classmates. I had a nice trip to London which I enjoyed very much. My life in the host family was good because I was independent and they were very kind and...

Samantha, 23 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS to study English. People are polite and the lessons are good. Everything is nice and good. I wish to come back next year.” Shatha, 16 y.o from Saudi Arabia,   

Shatha, 16 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“I came to PELS because I won a scholarship and I wanted to improve my English. In class, we did games and a lot of very helpful activities. At PELS, there were people from around the world so it was easy to learn to communicate in English with everybody. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are so beautiful. I’ll...

Roberta, 22 y.o. from Italy

“My teacher Claire is really friendly and it is easy to talk with her. She enjoys talking about everything and she is very flexible with her lessons. I really enjoyed the subjects and the course in general” Noemie, 20 y.o. from France, C1

Noemie, 20 y.o. from France

“I came to PELS to learn English grammar and culture. I met a lot of people from different countries and made new friends whom I will miss when I come back home to Saudi Arabia. I will come back to PELS next year.” Mana, 18 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family...

Mana, 18 y.o.from Saudi Arabia

 “I came to PELS to improve my English. I chose it because it looked nice and it was next to my place. In PELS, I did morning courses with Marc and IELTS courses with Betty, Claire or Laura. My English improved a lot and I met a lot of people in this school. I went to different activities such as...

Erell, 24 y.o. from France

“I enrolled at PELS for professional reasons because English is very important for my job. I needed to improve my communication skills. The lessons were very challenging. However, my English is much better now than when I first started.” Guiseppe, 54 y.o from Italy, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever...

Giuseppe, 54 y.o. from Italy

“I first studied at PELS 2 years ago and decided to come back this year. My English has improved. The teachers were very supportive and now I can now speak in front of people. My host family was very- very- great.” Turki, 19 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the...

Turki, 19 y.o. from Saudi Arabia