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San Diego

San Diego combines the benefits, and attractions of living in a big city with year-round idyllic weather. It is perfect place to learn English while living an active, outdoor lifestyle. Whether it’s the beach, the park, or the world famous San Diego Zoo, you’ll never lack for something to do outdoors in your new city. Plus, every July, San Diego becomes the center of the film and pop culture universe when Comic Con takes over the city.

Top 5 things to see in San Diego

  • San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo

  • Balboa Park

    Balboa Park

  • The Gaslamp Quarter

    The Gaslamp Quarter

  • Beautiful beaches

    Beautiful beaches

  • Seaport Village

    Seaport Village

The School

Stafford House San Diego school is located in the Gas Lamp neighborhood in downtown San Diego. Renovated in May 2016, our school has modern technology throughout and a roof terrace for student use. Shopping, restaurants and great nightlife are all nearby your English school. There is also quick access to many bus and trolley lines that will provide you access to many parts of the city.

Capacity
240
Classrooms
16
Lessons
45 minutes long
Student Computers
15
Students in class
Average 10 (max 15)

School Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Student kitchen
  • Self study area
  • 65" Interactive screens
  • Global learning center

Accommodation

Where you live is key to your happiness and academic success. Whether you prefer the independence of a student residence or the familiarity of homestay, our accommodation options are chosen to offer you the flexibility of choice and quality you deserve.

Homestay Accommodations

Living with an American family is a unique way to experience American traditions and culture first-hand. You will practice your English language skills with real Americans every day. If you would like to stay in a homestay, you are placed with a trusted family in the San Diego area. Each family is carefully screened and interviewed. We have single rooms or rooms with roommates. Families provide you with breakfast and dinner every week (14 meals). Most host families are located within 40-60 minutes of Stafford House Centers by public transportation.

Please note: You must give at least four weeks notice before you arrive so we can make sure your homestay is available and reserved. If you have any questions about living with an American family, you can contact the Housing Coordinator.

HOMESTAY

Residence Club Accommodations

When you choose to live in a Residence Club you will enjoy an independent living situation with an international atmosphere, dormitory-style housing and meal options or shared kitchen. Residence clubs also provide an opportunity to get to know students and travelers from all over the world.

Independent Housing Options

You can reserve your own accommodation, and there is a lot of choice! A Stafford House staff member has visited all of these places and we think they are great value and close to Stafford House. You can find more information about reservations on their websites. You must reserve them directly- we cannot book these for you.

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Meet our team

All of our teachers hold teaching qualifications ranging from certificate to diploma level and are committed to continuous development and share our passion for learning with our students.

  • Alana Ritchison

    Student Advisor                             

    Alana is committed to enhancing the student experience and is responsible for Accommodations and student services. As a member of the front desk team, she is also available to offer general guidance on school and the local area. Alana loves working with international students and has been working in Education as a teacher and guidance counselor for ten years. Originally from the UK, Alana has also lived in Thailand and Taiwan before settling here in San Diego. 

  • Fernanda Crowe

    Center Director                               

    Fernanda Crowe had previously worked at the San Diego school from 2004 to 2014 when she took on a national role as Director of Student Experience – managing both the Academics and Student Services team.  She’s happy to be back in the center where she can interact more with students while still managing the Academics team. She is responsible for ensuring students receive a high quality education and enjoy their time at Stafford House. She loves seeing our students gain confidence in their English skills and make lifelong friends with classmates from all over the world.

  • Linda Murray

    Student Services Manager

    Linda is committed to enhancing the student experience and oversees the Student Services team, which includes Accommodations, Activities and Administration. She can give you plenty of guidance on school matters as well as fun and interesting activities to do in San Diego. Linda started her career as an ESL teacher and loves working with international students. She has worked in ESL schools in Australia, the UK, Italy and the USA and has more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and management. She is also a Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Examiner and speaks fluent Italian. Originally from Sydney Australia, she thinks that San Diego is one of the best places in the world to study English! 

  • Nicole Bollhalder

    Director of Studies & Curriculum Developer

    Nicole began as a teacher at Stafford House in 2010. She has taught English around the world and uses that experience to support our students and teachers in San Diego. 

  • Patti Cates

    Assistant Director of Studies

    Patti Cates has a Master of Arts in English Linguistics from the San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish. She has taught English in Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Berkeley and now here in San Diego with Stafford House.

  • Vanessa Fennell

    Administrative Coordinator

    Vanessa has been working at the San Diego School since 2014 as the admininistrative coordinator helping students with  admissions, visa and program related services. As a former international student, with a Master Degree in comparative Law, Vanessa has a great understanding of students needs and she is always excited to help students to achieve their goals.

 
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Social Programme

It takes more than English classes to learn a new language and our social programmes activities in San Diego provide that extra experience that is so crucial to fuel fluency. Our Activity Leaders are passionate about San Diego and Southern California and take students on activities designed to show off the special aspects of this great city, allowing students to fully immerse in, and experience, their new home.

  • THU

    25

    APR 2019

    Soccer in Balboa Park

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    Soccer in Balboa Park

    Time: 2:45pm | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's play soccer at Balboa Park! Bring your soccer gear!

  • FRI

    26

    APR 2019

    San Diego Zoo

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    San Diego Zoo

    Time: After graduation(12:30PM) | Price: $20 - Bus pass needed

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? San Diego Zoo is one of the biggest and most famous in the world, come along and see all of your favorite animals!

  • SAT

    27

    APR 2019

    Adams Ave Unplugged

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    Adams Ave Unplugged

    Time: 8.30AM-2PM in Little Italy | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Adams Ave Business Association- 4649 Hawley Blvd

    Why go? The event will feature live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and galleries lining the neighborhood.

  • SUN

    28

    APR 2019

    Earth Day in Balboa Park

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    Earth Day in Balboa Park

    Time: 9AM-2PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado

    Why go? Join ICC for Balboa Parks annual Earth Day Festival! Merchandise available and our team ready to share the work we are doing in Latin America.

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    29

    APR 2019

    PB Hangout

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    PB Hangout

    Time: 1:30PM | Price: Valid bus pass

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's hang out in Pacific Beach! Visit the pier, eat,see the farmers market...

  • TUE

    30

    APR 2019

    Taco Tuesday at Serranos

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    Taco Tuesday at Serranos

    Time: 1:30PM | Price: Bring money for food and/or drinks. $1 fish tacos!

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? It's Taco Tuesday! And Serrano's fish tacos cost only $1!

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    01

    MAY 2019

    Ocean Beach+Bingo

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    Ocean Beach+Bingo

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE- Bus pass needed

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Come play Bingo at 10AM and to OB later! We'll check out the Farmers Market near the beach, there will be food, live music, souvenirs..etc.

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    02

    MAY 2019

    Salt n Straw Dessert

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    Salt n Straw Dessert

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: Bring money for ice cream

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Our ambassador Ariane will be taking you to Salt and Straw in Little Italy for some ice cream fun!

  • FRI

    03

    MAY 2019

    Museum ofContemporary Art

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    Museum ofContemporary Art

    Time: 1PM | Price: $0(under 25)$5(over 25)

    Meeting point: Subway downstairs

    Why go? Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, MOCA provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the art lovers!

  • FRI

    03

    MAY 2019

    Coronado+ Soccer

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    Coronado+ Soccer

    Time: 1:30PM | Price: FREE - You will need a bus pass

    Meeting point: Subway downstairs

    Why go? Let's visit Coronado! See the famous Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado beach and play soccer!

  • SAT

    04

    MAY 2019

    5 de Mayo in Balboa Park

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    5 de Mayo in Balboa Park

    Time: 11AM to 6PM | Price: No entry fee

    Meeting point: House of hospitality Balboa Park

    Why go? Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis,arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks, and more!

  • SUN

    05

    MAY 2019

    5 de Mayo in Old Town

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    5 de Mayo in Old Town

    Time: 10AM to 8PM | Price: No entry fee

    Meeting point: San Diego Ave in Old Town

    Why go? This year’s Fiesta is sure to be MUY CALIENTE, transforming Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border.

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    06

    MAY 2019

    Outdoor Movie w/TodoBien

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    Outdoor Movie w/TodoBien

    Time: 6PM | Price: FREE but have your bus pass

    Meeting point: Somewhere in Mission Bay

    Why go? Todo Bien Tours is organizing an outdoor movie night for our students at Mission Bay, so come join us, remember to wear warm clothes!

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    07

    MAY 2019

    Old Town + Happy Hour

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    Old Town + Happy Hour

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE - bus pass needed

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Old Town, the birthplace of California. Great for shopping and famous sites. We'll finish it up with happy hour at one of Old Town's restaurants.

  • WED

    08

    MAY 2019

    Foosball SH Cup 2019

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    Foosball SH Cup 2019

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Find yourself a partner to compete in Stafford House's Foosball competition! Winners will receive a prize, so start practicing now!

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    09

    MAY 2019

    Basketball in Balboa Park

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    Basketball in Balboa Park

    Time: 2:45PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's play Basketball at beautiful Balboa Park!

  • FRI

    10

    MAY 2019

    North County Tour

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    North County Tour

    Time: 1PM | Price: $35

    Meeting point: Subway Downstairs

    Why go? Tour will cover Carlsbad State Beach, Swamis in Encinitas, Cardiff Reef Beach,and Sea Grove Park in Solana Beach!

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    11

    MAY 2019

    Skydiving

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    Skydiving

    Time: You can call from 7AM-11PM (619) 661-0194 | Price: $169(Online booking price) 18 years old and up

    Meeting point: 6810 Curran Street(Pacific Coast Skydiving)

    Why go? Are you ready to feel the excitement of 120 mph free fall? For 18 years old and up only.

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    12

    MAY 2019

    Balboa Park Free Concert

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    Balboa Park Free Concert

    Time: 2PM-3PM | Price: FREE EVENT

    Meeting point: Spreckels Organ Pavillon 2125 Pan American Rd -92101

    Why go? Music-lovers are welcome, and so are picnics.

  • MON

    13

    MAY 2019

    Seaport/Top of the Hyatt

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    Seaport/Top of the Hyatt

    Time: 1:30PM | Price: FREE but bring money for a drink if you want

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Let's explore cute little Seaport Village, and finish it up with breathtaking views from the Hyatt's rooftop.

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Nationality Mix

A healthy mix is key to students progression in English language and at Stafford House we are proud of a wide nationality mix across all our centres.

Top 10 Nationalities

  • Brazilian
  • Colombian
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Swiss
  • Taiwanese
  • Thai
  • Turkish

Meet our students

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read detailed student profiles.

  • Cagla

    Cagla

    Turkey

    Studying in San Diego has been an amazing and important experience in my life. Teachers are highly motivated and well educated. Nobody has to hesitate to ask, if something was unclear.

  • Chien-Ting

    Chien-Ting

    Taiwan

  • Eunbyoul

    Eunbyoul

    South Korea

  • Hassan

    Hassan

    Saudi Arabia

  • Jill

    Jill

    Taiwan

    I still keep in touch with my friends from San Diego every day and I really want to go back to America.

  • Meltem

    Meltem

    Turkey

  • Patty

    Patty

    Taiwan

    I have to say my Career Preparation Activity exceeded my expectations. The company was very generous and my co-workers are very friendly to me.

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    South Korea

    On the first day in Career Preparation Activity, my boss asked me what do I wanted to do and I said something about marketing. Then she gave me whole marketing projects related to the company.

  • Tsubasa

    Tsubasa

    Japan

    I enjoyed my experience in the CPA program and was placed at Marriot San Diego. This experience is precious for me because I could talk with a lot of native speaker. Because of this school, I could improve my English skill and also get many friends from all over the world.

 
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Our Courses

We have a range of programmes to suit all english levels. You can count on our experienced teachers to empower and guide you through your journey in English, they go the extra mile to immerse you in their language and culture.

Sample Timetables

The Essential programme consists of the Core Course in the morning.

Morning
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE

Standard General English, Business and Exam preparation programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus one module. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated one afternoon module class
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.20-13.20                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON

Intensive General English, Business and Exam preparation programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus two modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated two afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.20-13.20                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.35-14.35                                                        MODULE 2

Super Intensive General English, Business and Exam preparation programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus three modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated three afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.20-13.20                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.35-14.35                                                        MODULE 2
                                                         BREAK
14.45-15.45                                                        MODULE 3

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