Description of centre
Portsmouth, a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city, is situated on the south coast of England 103 km south west of London, and has the distinction of being the UK’s only island city. A significant naval port for many centuries and home to Nelson’s HMS Victory, its waterfront is dominated by the 170 metre high Emirates Spinnaker Tower. The city boasts unique shops, great places to eat and a rich culture with magnificent theatres, live music, art galleries, museums and two cathedrals.
The school can be found on the third floor (with lift access) of the historic Guildhall, an outstanding example of Victorian neo-classical style completed in 1890. Located in the heart of the city it is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Portsmouth and Southsea Railway Station.
As well as several classrooms, there is a room for quiet study and contemplation. A dedicated computer room provides internet access, and free WiFi is available too. Students also have access to a library of English language study texts, which can be borrowed.
Many nearby takeaways, cafes and convenience stores offer reasonably-priced food and drinks for snacks and lunch, and the Guildhall also has its own café, open to students as well as the public.
Students are invited to join in a range of free and pay for activities designed to provide an opportunity to experience British culture, and explore Portsmouth. These include an orientation walk on the first day, social evenings in traditional British pubs, eating in local restaurants, listening to live music, bowling, pool and skittles as well as shopping. There are also additional cultural trips every Saturday, which are subject to a supplementary charge.