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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 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

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.

  • Andrea Moran

    Student Services Manager

    I love learning about different cultures and helping international students learn about life in San  Francisco. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve traveled to over 20 countries, taught English in Chile, and worked in international education for many years before coming to Stafford House. I plan the school’s activities, and can help you with F-1 visa questions, program extensions, transfers, and any other questions students have about life here. Welcome!

  • 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. 

  • Joy Suzuki

    Director of Studies

    My passion for learning languages is what led me into the field of international education. After studying French and Spanish in high school and college and traveling around Europe, I spent 2 years living and working in Japan as an EFL teacher, so I understand first-hand just how rewarding and life-changing an experience crossing cultures can be.

    I’ve worked in many different capacities in international education for over 20 years: ESL/EFL teaching and tutoring, coordinating and marketing educational travel programs, counseling and advising international students, and leading the ESL department at an international school. I’m excited to be a part of the Stafford House team in my role as Director of Studies, supporting teachers and helping students have the cross-cultural experience of a lifetime.  

 
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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

    25

    MAY 2019

    Muir Woods

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    Muir Woods

    Time: Park open 8am to sunset | Price: $3 shuttle, $10 park entry. See website to reserve

    Meeting point: Muir Woods

    Why go? See the tallest trees on Earth, the giant Sequoia! A short drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge.You MUST reserve here: https://gomuirwoods.com/

  • SUN

    26

    MAY 2019

    Napa Wine Tasting

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    Napa Wine Tasting

    Time: All Day (See EA website) | Price: See EA website

    Meeting point: See EA website

    Why go? Tour and wine taste at three wineries in the famous Napa Valley! For more info and booking: https://eatour.com/tour/wine-tasting/

  • SUN

    26

    MAY 2019

    Carnaval Parade

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    Carnaval Parade

    Time: 9:30 AM | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Bryant Street and 24th Street

    Why go? Enjoy the Carnaval Festival and Parade in the Mission Neighborhood! http://www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org/parade

  • SUN

    26

    MAY 2019

    Treasure Island Market

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    Treasure Island Market

    Time: 10 AM - 4 PM | Price: $5

    Meeting point: 500 Ave N on Treasure Island

    Why go? 40+ food trucks, live music, and over 400 vendors to shop from!

  • MON

    27

    MAY 2019

    Memorial Day-No School

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    Memorial Day-No School

    Time: n/a | Price: n/a

    Meeting point: n/a

    Why go? Memorial Day honors the women and men who died while serving in the U.S. military. The school is closed today.

  • TUE

    28

    MAY 2019

    Conversation Club

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    Conversation Club

    Time: 2:45 PM | Price: Free! ($ for coffee)

    Meeting point: Student lounge

    Why go? Practice your English conversation skills for 1 hour with Andrea and other students in a relaxed, casual setting. We will go to a cafe to chat.

  • TUE

    28

    MAY 2019

    Ferry Building Tour/Lunch

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    Ferry Building Tour/Lunch

    Time: 11:50 am | Price: Free, but bring money for food!

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Come and see the beautiful Ferry Building! There are many restaurants and cafes, so bring money if you want to eat!

  • WED

    29

    MAY 2019

    Best Weekend Trips

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    Best Weekend Trips

    Time: 12:00 -12:30 PM | Price: Free!

    Meeting point: Classroom A

    Why go? Bring your lunch and learn about the best places to visit: Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, Santa Cruz beach boardwalks, and more!

  • THU

    30

    MAY 2019

    Painted Ladies Houses

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    Painted Ladies Houses

    Time: 1:30 PM | Price: Free!

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Discover the Hayes Valley neighborhood with hip shops, cafes, and restaurants. Then view the famous "Painted Ladies" classic Victorian homes.

  • FRI

    31

    MAY 2019

    Foosball Tournement

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    Foosball Tournement

    Time: 12:30 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Sign up with a teammate at the front desk! We will award a prize to the winning team!

  • SAT

    01

    JUN 2019

    Ocean Hike

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    Ocean Hike

    Time: All day! | Price: FREE! Just need $ for the bus.

    Meeting point: Lands End Main Parking Lot

    Why go? "Land's End" trail is a short and easy hike in San Francisco! It has views of the Golden Gate Bridge and ocean. Ask Andrea for a map and information!

  • SUN

    02

    JUN 2019

    Asian Art Museum FREE DAY

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    Asian Art Museum FREE DAY

    Time: All day | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Asian Art Museum (BART: Civic Center)

    Why go? Normally $15, today is a FREE DAY at this famous museum showing historic and contemporary art.

  • SUN

    02

    JUN 2019

    Food Truck Picnic

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    Food Truck Picnic

    Time: 11:00AM-4:00PM | Price: FREE/$for food or drinks

    Meeting point: Main Post Lawn | 103 Montgomery Street

    Why go? Food and drink from more than 25 local vendors. Free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth and more!

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    03

    JUN 2019

    Ferry Building

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    Ferry Building

    Time: 11:50am | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Explore the historic Ferry Building. Taste food samples, shop local boutiques, and see the beautiful waterfront.

  • TUE

    04

    JUN 2019

    Jewish Museum

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    Jewish Museum

    Time: 1:45 PM | Price: Free day!

    Meeting point: Student lounge

    Why go? Visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum, near Powell Street BART. Experience art, film, literature, debate, and culture inside!

  • TUE

    04

    JUN 2019

    Legion of Honor Museum

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    Legion of Honor Museum

    Time: 1:30 pm | Price: Free Day!

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Legion of Honor represents a great legacy of philanthropy and civic pride, stands sentinel over the city,the Golden Gate,and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

  • WED

    05

    JUN 2019

    Castro Tour

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    Castro Tour

    Time: 2:45 PM | Price: Free!

    Meeting point: Student lounge

    Why go? We'll have a walking tour to learn about this famous and exciting neighborhood, important in the LGBTQ+ community.

  • THU

    06

    JUN 2019

    Haight Street Tour

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    Haight Street Tour

    Time: 1:30 PM | Price: Free!

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Visit one of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods: Haight-Ashbury! This is where the hippie movement began in the 1960s (peace & love!)

  • THU

    06

    JUN 2019

    University of SF Tour

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    University of SF Tour

    Time: 1:30 ( | Price: Free!

    Meeting point: Student lounge - please be on time!

    Why go? Take a guided tour of the University of San Francisco (USF), a private college with Bachelors, Masters, and PhD programs.

  • FRI

    07

    JUN 2019

    Ice Cream Day!

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    Ice Cream Day!

    Time: 12:15 PM | Price: Free

    Meeting point: Student lounge

    Why go? Free ice cream for everyone! Stay after graduation to get a scoop of ice cream. Happy Friday!

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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 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
12.30-13.30                                                        MODULE 1 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
13.45-14.45                                                        MODULE 2

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