The English Language Centre Brighton

School Overview

The English Language Centre Brighton provides a range of courses to help you prepare for the English language exams you need to pass including IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE, while business courses are designed for experienced business people who need to communicate effectively in English in their work.

ELC Brighton provides modern facilities in a historic setting 33 Palmeira Mansions where ELC has been based since it was founded still retains many of the original features from its Victorian heritage. With 32 classrooms it is the largest independent school in the city, and one of the largest in the UK, yet it maintains a friendly, family atmosphere.

Why choose ELC Brighton?

  • Learn English in England with one of the oldest schools in the UK
  • 'Centre of Excellence' and No 1 school in Brighton based on British Council inspection results
  • A friendly, caring and safe learning environment
  • Wide variety of English language courses for adults aged 16+
  • Levels from Beginner to Advanced (Test your English) 
  • Experienced and professional teachers
  • Over 60 different nationalities every year
  • Large, spacious but friendly school with 32 classrooms in 3 buildings
  • Great location (50 minutes by train from London, close to international airports)
  • Good choice of accommodation
  • Full social programme of activities with a full-time social organiser


"The teachers are really friendly and I feel really comfortable here. On IELTS Alex and Steve taught me how to face the IELTS exam and really helped me to get the IELTS score I needed." - Chia Chang Hsu, Taiwan.

"I've been here for almost six months, when I arrived here I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t understand anything and I’ve been improving a lot so I think it’s a very good school!" - Yuliany Ibañez, Colombia.

School Message

Welcome to ELC Brighton - quality English language courses since 1962.

About Brighton

Brighton, a vibrant cosmopolitan city of 250,000 people, is an ideal place for international students to live and study.

  • Well-established, large and welcoming student community which includes two universities
  • Popular seaside town with the beautiful Sussex countryside only minutes away
  • Excellent transport links to London, about 50 minutes away by train
  • Quick and easy access to the international airports of Heathrow and Gatwick by rail and coach
  • Full of unique tourist attractions and hosts many special events throughout the year

Our Location

33, Church Road, Palmeria Mansions W, Hove BN3 2GB.

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Courses Overview

We offer a wide variety of courses that aim to meet your needs, whether it is for future study or work, or because you need to improve your English in your job or just because you use English for holidays.

  • General English
  • Examination courses
  • University preparation
  • Study year programme
  • Business English
  • Courses for teachers
  • Summer courses



Living in homestay accommodation provides you with the perfect opportunity to experience English life and to practise using your English in everyday situations. All our homestays are carefully selected by our Accommodation Department who understand the needs of students from other countries.

Student Residence

If you are aged 18 or over and prefer the freedom and flexibility of self-catering accommodation, we can offer an ultra-modern residence with ensuite facilities about 10 minutes' walk from ELC.

Britannia Study Hotel has 134 bedrooms and is located in the heart of Brighton within 5 minutes’ walk of Churchill Square shopping centre, the seafront, 2 supermarkets and many restaurants, pubs and cafes.

The study bedrooms include ensuite bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin), small double bed with storage, desk, chair, wardrobe (with laptop safe), bedside table and small fridge. There is also free high speed wireless internet access. All bedding, linen and 1 towel are provided per week.

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