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San Francisco

A global center for technology development, San Francisco is the most international of all American cities. Ideal weather, excellent food, and a personality all its own, San Francisco offers students an excellent opportunity to learn English in a unique setting.

Top 5 things to see in San Francisco

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge

  • Cable Cars

    Cable Cars

  • Alcatraz Island

    Alcatraz Island

  • Fisherman’s Wharf

    Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Lombard Street

    Lombard Street

The School

Stafford House San Francisco (formerly known as Intrax) school is located in the financial district within walking distance of the San Francisco Bay, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. All forms of public transportation, including the BART subway and the famous Cable Cars are minutes away. In a brand-new location since December 2015, the school has a modern design to improve learning and student enjoyment including interactive white boards and global learning center.

Capacity
165
Classrooms
11
Lessons
45 minutes long
Student Computers
17
Students in class
Average 11 (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 a family is an excellent way to really experience American traditions and culture. It’s also a perfect opportunity to practice your English language skills with real Americans every day.

If you choose our homestay option, you will stay with a family in the Bay Area. We have carefully checked and interviewed them and we trust them to provide you with a great stay! You can choose to have a single room, or share a room with another student. Families provide 14 meals per week (breakfast and dinner). 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.

  • Cynthia Chin

    Student Advisor

  • Jenefer Johnson

    Center Director

    Jenefer has been the Center Director in San Francisco since 2013. Her previous experiences include teaching and developing English language curriculums. She is passionate about making her school reflect the diverse and tech savvy city of San Francisco. 

  • Kaci Anderson

    Student Advisor

    Kaci is a Student Advisor and helps San Francisco students with their housing. She has studied, lived and worked in France and really enjoys sharing intercultural stories and helping students learn about life in the United States.

  • Mako Honda

    Administrative Coordinator

    As the Administrative Coordinator, Mako helps students with admissions, student records, changes and payments.  She is from Japan, and has studied in Denmark as an exchange student and worked as an au pair in the US. She is passionate about international education, and loves assisting students pursue their personal and academic goals while they study abroad.

 
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Social Programme

It takes more than time in a classroom to learn English and our Social Programmes provide that extra experience that is so crucial to full fluency. Our Activity Leaders are passionate about San Francisco 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.

  • SAT

    17

    NOV 2018

    Bike the Golden Gate

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    Bike the Golden Gate

    Time: 12:00 PM | Price: $ to rent bicycle

    Meeting point: Embarcadero Ferry Building

    Why go? Bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge! You can rent bicycles in front of the Embarcadero Ferry building.

  • SUN

    18

    NOV 2018

    Victorian House Tour

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    Victorian House Tour

    Time: 2:00 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: 1801 Bush Street, San Francisco

    Why go? Take a tour to see famous Victorian Houses, "the painted ladies." Your guide will walk you through Lafayette Square to see the houses and great views!

  • MON

    19

    NOV 2018

    Movie Monday

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    Movie Monday

    Time: 2:45 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: SH Student Lounge

    Why go? Watch a movie in the student lounge and share some popcorn with new friends!

  • MON

    19

    NOV 2018

    Movie Monday

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    Movie Monday

    Time: 1:45 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: SH Student Lounge

    Why go? Watch a movie in the student lounge and share some popcorn with new friends!

  • TUE

    20

    NOV 2018

    Tree Lighting at Pier 39

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    Tree Lighting at Pier 39

    Time: 5:00 PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? See the tree lighting at the famous Pier 39! Music, food, and the tree lighting at 6:00 PM.

  • WED

    21

    NOV 2018

    Coit Tower

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    Coit Tower

    Time: 10:00 AM (for afternoon core classes) and 1:45 PM | Price: Free ($7 if you want to go to the top)

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? Coit Tower, located on Telegraph Hill in the North Beach neighborhood, is a famous site in San Francisco. See the views!

  • FRI

    23

    NOV 2018

    Giant Gingerbread House

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    Giant Gingerbread House

    Time: 10:30 am to 4 pm | Price: Free

    Meeting point: The Fairmont (950 Mason Street)

    Why go? See a 25+ foot tall gingerbread house at The Fairmont hotel in Union Square. It's impressive!

  • SAT

    24

    NOV 2018

    Pacific Heights Mansions

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    Pacific Heights Mansions

    Time: 11:00 AM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Alta Plaza Park, atop the stairs above Pierce & Clay Streets

    Why go? See famous and beautiful architecture in Pacific Heights, from homes to mansions used as the Japanese and German consulates in 1941.

  • MON

    26

    NOV 2018

    Cappuccino

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    Cappuccino

    Time: 12:30 PM | Price: $ for drinks

    Meeting point: Stafford House Student Lounge

    Why go? Walk to the North Beach/Little Italy neighborhood for some conversation and a warm Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, or the beverage of your choice.

  • TUE

    27

    NOV 2018

    Mission Murals and Lunch

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    Mission Murals and Lunch

    Time: 11:50 AM | Price: Free ($ for lunch)

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? We will get Salvadorean food and visit the beautiful murals in Clarion Alley. This is San Francisco's Latin neighborhood.

  • WED

    28

    NOV 2018

    Global Startup Discussion

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    Global Startup Discussion

    Time: 5:00 PM | Price: $7 with student ID

    Meeting point: World Affairs Auditorium 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200

    Why go? How can entrepreneurship and Silicon Valley help global development? Hear from Russ Siegelman, a lecturer at Stanford, and author Ann Mei Chang.

  • THU

    29

    NOV 2018

    Craft Beer Tasting

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    Craft Beer Tasting

    Time: 3:30 PM | Price: $ for drinks

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? Try unique, local craft beers. A "craft beer" is a beer made from a smaller brewery, with a focus on traditional brewing methods.

  • TUE

    04

    DEC 2018

    Legion of Honor Museum

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    Legion of Honor Museum

    Time: 1:45 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? Art from the Renaissance, medieval periods, and more recent times. One of San Francisco's most-beautiful museums! Normally $15, today is FREE!

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    05

    DEC 2018

    Haight-Ashbury Tour

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    Haight-Ashbury Tour

    Time: 2:45 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? One of the most famous locations in San Francisco, we'll visit this famous street where the hippie movement was born.

  • SAT

    08

    DEC 2018

    SantaCon 21+

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    SantaCon 21+

    Time: 12-6 PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: See website. Starts 12pm Union Square and continues around the city.

    Why go? https://www.santacon.info/San_Francisco-CA/ 1000's of people dressed as Santa party all over the city! See the website for event info. Bring passport.

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    12

    DEC 2018

    Foreign Startups Network

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    Foreign Startups Network

    Time: 5:15 PM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? Meet some of the smartest entrepreneurs and professionals in the Bay Area! Enjoy social time, then listen to startup pitches.

  • THU

    13

    DEC 2018

    Gingerbread House

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    Gingerbread House

    Time: 2:45 PM | Price: $2 per person

    Meeting point: Stafford House student lounge

    Why go? Build and decorate a Gingerbread House with friends This is an American tradition during the winter holidays.

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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
  • Japanese
  • Taiwanese
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Italian
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Columbian

Meet our students

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

  • Akin

    Akin

    Turkey

  • Arthur

    Arthur

    Brazil

  • Beril

    Beril

    Turkey

  • Carolina

    Carolina

    Brazil

    I loved the people I met in San Francisco, everyone, including students and staff. My teachers were incredible, I've learned a lot with them.

  • Charles

    Charles

    France

  • Cindi

    Cindi

    Brazil

    When I came to San Francisco to take some classes I couldn't imagine how it would change my life. When I went back to Brazil I got the job I wanted because my English was better.

  • Claire

    Claire

    Taiwan

  • Fabiola

    Fabiola

    Brazil

  • Kazune

    Kazune

    Japan

  • Luke

    Luke

    Taiwan

  • Nasser

    Nasser

    Brazil

    I already knew about San Francisco and I am glad that I chose Stafford House. The staff was awesome and the teachers were outstanding. So if you're planning to study English abroad, come to Stafford House.

  • Rodrigo

    Rodrigo

    Brazil

    I would recommend Stafford House to my friends. When I arrived in San Francisco, I had many meetings and presentations. With One-to-One English classes, I could make completely tailor made classes according to my needs and objectives. All my teachers were so prepared. In my case, I could identify the specific pronunciation and grammar to improve my presentations and meetings. The classes have helped me with my goals!

  • Shoko

    Shoko

    Japan

    I really enjoyed being exposed to challenging materials and participating in in-class activities that pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

 
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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 OR afternoon. When enrollment requires, we will run a morning and afternoon schedule. Students cannot choose their schedule. All students will learn their schedule after they arrive and take our official English Placement Test

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 OR afternoon plus one module. When enrollment requires, we will run a morning and afternoon schedule. Students cannot choose their schedule. All students will learn their schedule after they arrive and take our official English Placement Test

Students will be allocated one module class
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
8.30 - 10.00 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.20-11.50 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.30-13.30                                                        MODULE 2 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
12.30-13.30                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.45-14.45                                                        MODULE 2

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