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Learn English in San Diego

San Diego combines exciting big-city living with year-round Californian weather. Whether it is exploring the many beaches, Balboa Park, or the world-famous San Diego Zoo, you will never lack for something fun to do! Our English school is located in the Gaslamp Quarter, near to all the restaurants, shopping and nightlife that students may want to explore! What’s more, every year the city becomes the heart of cinema culture when Comic Con International takes over the city! Learn English in San Diego today.

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

Capacity
240
Classrooms
16
Lessons
45 minutes long
Student Computers
15
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

Stafford House San Diego offers a range of accommodation options. Whether you would prefer to live independently in a student residence, or with an English speaking family, we have a flexible accommodation option to help you get the most out of learning English in California!

Homestay Accommodation

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.

At Stafford House we do all we can to ensure we match you with your perfect homestay. If you wish to truly experience American culture by staying at one of our homestays, please allow us 4 weeks before you arrive at the school to arrange your accommodation to ensure we can find a homestay experience best suited to you.

HOMESTAY

Vantaggio State Street Residence

Vantaggio State Street offers both private and shared rooms less than 20 minutes walking distance of the school. Located in the Little Italy neighborhood, this accommodation is close to many restaurants, shops, and a large Saturday farmer’s market. Vantaggio State Street Residence takes students ages 18+

VANTAGGIO STATE STREET

Vantaggio Gaslamp Residence

Vantaggio Suites Gaslamp is a historical building constructed in 1886. The accommodation is in a great location of the Gaslamp district on 6th Avenue, within just a few minutes’ walking distance of the school, restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and public transportation. Vantaggio Gaslamp Residence takes students aged 16+

VANTAGGIO STATE STREET

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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 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.  As an administrative counselor, she can help students with program changes and visa questions. 

  • 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.

  • Laura Diniz

    Student Advisor                                            

    Laura is committed to enhancing the student experience and is responsible for Accommodations in the San Diego center. As a member of the front desk team, she is also available to offer general guidance on school and the local area.

  • 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! 

  • 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.

  • William Nowatnick

    Director of Studies

    My name is William and I am a sports fanatic and Test Prep enthusiast. I've been teaching ESL for 7 years and I have focused mostly on TOEFL and CAE, but I also have knowledge of IELTS, FCE, and TOEIC. Please feel free to ask me any questions about English and/or any American sports like baseball and football. Go Padres!

 
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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.

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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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english Courses in san diego

Our San Diego school has a range of programs to suit all English levels. All of team San Diego aim to go the extra mile to immerse you in the English language and Californian culture, and you can count on our specialist teachers to empower and guide you to success in your studies.

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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