Thursday, October 19, 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

“The atmosphere at Portsmouth English Language School is very pleasant. My teacher Claire is very experienced. I like her because she always smiles and tries to help us in a different way. The members of the staff are very helpful and friendly as well. If you come to PELS you will feel at home because it is similar to a...

Desiree, 24 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because it was near my Host family and because it's a good English School. This experience was good for me. Portsmouth is very nice. I like the UK so much.” Alessandra, 50 y.o from Italy, A2  

Alessandra, 50 y.o. from Italy

“I wanted to speak English and I thought that Portsmouth English Language School could help me to do it. As I expected, the school was great and staff were very helpful. We visited lots of places in Portsmouth city and I enjoyed a lot. I think that I will go back to PELS next year. Thank you for everything.” Kristina, 15 y.o from...

Kristina, 15 y.o. from Belarus

“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 because a friend told me she had been here to learn English. At the beginning I didn't speak English very well but thanks to PELS I really improved it and now I can speak it better. I loved Portsmouth and Southsea. Being an Aupair I stayed in host family in Southsea and I looked after two...

Andrea, 24 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS because my brother had studied at the school before. I learnt a lot of grammar and vocabulary. My teacher was excellent and he helped me a lot. I like Portsmouth a lot and I think it is a good city to live and study in.” Rayan, 17 y.o from Saudi Arabia, A1+ “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered...

Rayan, 17 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“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

“I came to PELS to improve my English. Here I met students from different countries. Now I can speak English easily thanks to the Speaking Session during the lessons. The host family is kind and they are always ready to help me. I really enjoyed in Portsmouth.”  Meyrem, 26 y.o from tunisia

Meryem, 26 y.o. from Tunisia

“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

“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

“I loved the school, the teachers and the administration staff members. I got a lot of support from the staff. They are supportive and helpful. I talked to them if I had a problem and they always had solutions. We also had some fun activities which helped to meet the other students from the other classes. I wish I could...

Bayan, 20 y.o. from Oman

“I did learn a lot with the lessons and I am really happy of the courses. The teachers are very good, each of them has own way to teach. I haven’t been disappointed. Thanks to the teachers and the staff. I’ve learned a lot. Adrien, 18 y.o. from Belgium, C1

Adrien, 18 y.o. from Belgium