We understand how important and difficult finding student accommodation in London can be therefore we have partners who are able to offer the students a wide variety of choices for accommodation. We work in partnership with several different agencies, which are registered with the British Council, to provide you with the most suitable options according to your needs and budget. Our accommodation in London is regularly inspected to make sure we offer a comfortable and affordable stay within easy reach of our school. We also have a dedicated team committed to make your experience enjoyable and problem-free.
For further information about our accommodation variety and prices please do not hesitate to contact us. You will be able to reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying with an English family offers you a unique insight into English culture and the opportunity to improve your English language skills. All families have great reviews from our students.
Student Residences offer the chance to encounter people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, to develop social skills and widen intellectual horizons.
Some students prefer to live independently with other students in flat shares. Flat sharing gives you the opportunity to be more independent and will give you the advantage of having an extra social network at home, in addition to the friends you will make at school.
Our social boards contain tourist attractions and social programmes you can enjoy during your stay in the U.K.
Student Common Room
We have a common room with a vending machine and T.V. available for student’s use. Please be tidy and clean up after yourself.
There are several computers on which you can study. If you have any problems or need help using the computer or need to print something, just ask at reception.
Large Outdoor Seating Area
We are situated in the lovely green area of Battersea with one of the biggest parks in London only minutes away. If you find yourself with free time, feel free to socialise.
Elegant International has resources situated on the ground floor. If you need a more extensive range of books you can use the Local library. Membership is free, and there are many books that you can borrow.
High Tech Classrooms
Elegant International’s classrooms are fitted with interactive white boards to ensure our students and teachers have the best experience possible.
TRAVEL TO AND FROM LONDON
It is easy to travel between London and Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Airports.
The best way to travel is by train or by coach (National Express or Easybus).
First class train tickets are much more expensive than second-class tickets. Most British people travel second class.
If you plan to use National Express coaches for more than 3 or 4 journeys, you should get a Coachcard which gives you up to 30% discount.
If you need to use the tube/underground trains, please bare in mind that you will usually have to walk a long way to get to the platform you need. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination and to make any travel connections.
Please note that Underground trains in London do not operate after 23:30 hours.
When you arrive at one of the UK’s airports, make sure you travel to your accommodation the safe and affordable way.
When you book airport transportation through the college, we send you a comfortable executive car with an experienced driver who knows the way to your booked accommodation.
Transportation to/from airports is bookable only in conjunction with accommodation and are arranged through our accredited provider.
Transfers to/from Airports by Private Car
Per Person Each Way 1 PASSENGER
Heathrow and London City Airports £80.00
Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Airports £105.00
If you should need travel advice or guidance, please feel free to call our reception and they will be happy to email you a journey planner and map to ensure your safe arrival at Elegant International College.
Travel in London
Deciding on which ticket to buy – a Travelcard, Prepay Oyster Card or a Visitor Oyster Card – depends on how long you’re staying in London and how frequently you’ll be using public transport.
If you are in London for a week and plan to use only the central London area (eg Zones 1-2 or 1-4) on a daily basis then a 7-Day Travelcard may be the most cost-effective option.
Visitor Oyster Card
Oyster is an electronic smartcard travel ticket. Visitor Oyster Cards come fully charged with your credit which you can spend on travel. Simply touch your card on the yellow reader to get through the Tube gates or to board other London public transport services. It doesn’t even need to be removed from your purse or wallet to work.
Buy a Visitor Oyster Card Before You Leave Home
- Save time – your Visitor Oyster Card is ready to use as soon as you arrive in London
- It’s more than 50% cheaper than buying a paper Travelcard
- There is a daily price cap – once you have reached this limit, you won’t pay any more
A Travelcard is a paper travel ticket and is valid for either one day or seven days’ travel on London’s public transport network. Travelcards are available in certain combinations of travel zones e.g. Zones 1-2 or Zones 1-4.
Oyster Pay-as-You-Go (Pre-pay Oyster)
Oyster pay-as-you-go cards work in the same way as Visitor Oyster Cards. They are charged with an amount of credit of your choice. You can make as many journeys as you like in a 24-hour period (4.30am-4.30am) and you will be charged less than you would pay for a paper ticket. Just like the Visitor Oyster Card, the Oyster card will automatically cap the day’s charges at the price of an equivalent 1-Day Travelcard if you make lots of journeys. The aim is to ensure that Oyster always charges the lowest fare. Where it doesn’t, you can get a refund. Unlike Visitor Oyster Cards, 7-Day Travelcards can also be loaded electronically onto Oyster cards.
Non-UK residents can only buy an Oyster card when they arrive in London from Tube stations, DLR stations, London Travel Information Centres and participating shops.
18+ Oyster photocard
Students who study for 14 or more weeks on a 15 hour/20 hour course per week can apply for a TFL Student Discount Card. This card entitles you to discount rate travel of 30% in London.
To complete your application you’ll need:
- Your university/college enrolment number
- Your course dates
- A colour digital photograph
- A credit/debit card to pay the £20.00 application fee
- Choose the college “Elegant International College” from the drop down menu
Visit the link for further details: https://photocard.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gotoApply.do?type=student&from=home
Elegant International College offers an impressive range of services to enhance the student experience.
Elegant International can help you arrange accommodation through our partner providers to ensure your stay in London is a comfortable one.
Guidance on how to apply for the Student Visitor Visa and Extended Student Visitor Visa (From UKBA)
as well as Schengen visa advice and guidance
Advice and guidance in the following areas:
- Problems with studies and exams
- Personal problems
- Anxiety & homesickness
Tourist attractions and advice
- Student activity board
- Tourist information
- Journey Planning
- Travel Advice
All our students are given student cards. These will be useful for student discount purposes as well as identification. However some outlets and resturants require a ISIC card in order to get a student discount.
You can register for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) on the link below.
International Student Identity Card: www.isiccard.com
If you have a problem or complaint, please inform Reception immediately!
And please don’t be afraid to tell us. We are always happy to help you.
If you have a question, problem or complaint about your course or lessons:
Step 0: Speak to your teacher first.
Step 1: If the problem has not been resolved, speak to the Head of English Department or Centre Manager, who will investigate the complaint.
Step 2: If you are still not satisfied, speak to the Principal. Please make an appointment at Reception.
When you meet the Principal you will be able to submit a written complaint .
Step 3. If the complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction then the full College ‘Complaint and Appeals Procedure’ will be invoked. A four person panel will be set up which will include a member from outside the College. You will be allowed to be accompanied by a friend of your choice. A letter setting out the findings of the panel will be posted to you within two working days of the panel meeting.
Speak to the Head of English Department. We will always try our very best to resolve any problem relating to your course of study. We pride ourselves in giving the best possible service to our students. Please ask at Reception for our full complaints procedure and policies.
Countries fall into 3 categories:
EEA – includes European Union countries + Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Students in this category do not require Visa to study and/or work in the United Kingdom
Non-Visa Nationals – includes countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Israel.
These students can either get a visa on arrival in the UK or before they come. This depends on the type of visa they require (see below).
Visa Nationals – includes countries such as Turkey, Colombia, Ecuador, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Thailand, and the Middle Eastern countries.*
These students must apply for a visa before they come.
Please note that Elegant International College accepts students on the following 2 visa’s under our ASIC accreditation.
– Student Visitor Visa (SVV) – Limited to 6 months. There are no work rights and this visa cannot be extended.
– Extended Student Visitor Visa (ESVV) – Valid for 11 months and available to students who want to enrol on an English Language course for more than six months and less than 11 months. With the ESVV, you have no work rights and the visa cannot be extended. You must always apply for the ESVV before leaving your country.
ALI BAFAKIH – SAUDI ARABIA
My English was very poor two years ago and i had to get and IELTS test to join an university, I was very afraid that i will not get a good mark in the test. However, Elegant International College helped me a lot, they have very good methods in teaching, the tutors there are very friendly and they are very qualified, the teaching environment is very good and the college is located in a very nice place. I really advice everyone to give it a try and they really will enjoy it. They have a lot of courses and i really think you will find all the help you need there.
AOITIF BRABRA – FRANCE
I am French, I studied English in Elegant international college for 4 months. The teachers are very good at teaching and really funny. I love this school.
CINDY HUVEAU – FRANCE
“I like this college. The teachers are very nice and good. All lessons are very interesting and they have a good method to learn quickly. It’s not very expensive when you stay 14 weeks and in class we are only few students (less than 8), it’s really a great college! :-D”
ALBA STEFANELLI – ITALY
My experience at the school was positive. The class into which they had been inserted already started the course at the beginning so it was not easy, but my teacher was very good because she understood my difficulties and was willing to help. The classes are as welcoming as the entire staff of the school, I found myself very well. I think attending a new course in October but contact the school without an intermediary which is better.
LAURA TOURNIGAND – GERMANY
I studied in the school for one month and I am more confident now with my english. My teacher was so great with us, very helpful and kind. I definitely advice to student to go there!!
STEFANO GIANNASCOLI – ITALY
“Great School, Excellent Teachers, Fantastic Experience”
I’ve been very lucky in finding the Elegant International School of English. The classes are not crowded and that is absolutely crucial in order for students to pay attention and follow the teachers. I had the chance to meet three different teachers and they had been fantastic teachers, always concerned about my progress and willing to help. I attended a course in English at the Elegant International School of English situated in Battersea. Very easy to find. I strongly recommend studying English at Elegant International College.
EWA CZERWIŃSKA – POLAND
“I think that this school is great. My personal experience in detail about this school :). I really think that school is great. Teachers were very good. It was a lot of practical classes and grammatical exercises and the biggest advantage is that the school teaches foreigners what is very helpful. Classes are small and very well equipped. Elegant International College is far away from the city center but can be reached by metro or bus.”