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Elac in Eastbourne

Eastbourne – home to two Elac centres

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We have two centres in Eastbourne — Eastbourne College (residential and homestay) and St Andrew's School (homestay only).
For those of you unfamiliar with Eastbourne, here’s a brief taste.

Eastbourne seafront

Eastbourne – ‘The Sunshine Coast’

Located at the foot of and in the shelter of the South Downs National Park, Eastbourne enjoys more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Britain. As you enter Eastbourne you will be greeted by the sign “Welcome to Eastbourne, the Sunshine Coast”. However, if it rains please don’t blame us!
During the summer months Eastbourne is transformed from a quiet seaside town, popular with many as a retirement destination, into a bustling holiday resort. It’s a superb and popular choice for EFL courses, with many things for young people to do and see. There are great sports facilities, a wonderful seafront and excellent leisure attractions. The town recognises the value of overseas students to its local economy and is very student-friendly which makes Eastbourne one of the best centres for EFL throughout the whole of Britain.


Eastbourne College (residential and homestay accommodation)

Our largest course centre, Eastbourne College, was founded in 1867 by the seventh Duke of Devonshire.  The College campus enjoys a great location right in the heart of Eastbourne, two minutes' walk from the beach and eight minutes' walk from the shopping centre and railway station.
The college has the look of a traditional Independent boarding school, but inside it provides excellent educational and sporting facilities.  Classrooms are spacious and well equipped.  The modern dining hall offers a varied menu.  Residential staff have all meals in the dining hall.
Sports facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool (which is available at certain times to staff), and a large sports hall/gymnasium.  There are also tennis courts (all-weather), as well as grass fields and Astroturf for football, hockey, volleyball and a variety of other activities.

Eastbourne College

Accommodation and Facilities

There are a couple of accommodation options at Eastbourne college: Elac rents two houses nearby the college which can accommodate 10 staff; alternatively, staff may be accommodated in the boarding houses.  In this case, though the houses will be shared with students, there will be separate staff facilities.
The boarding accommodation is in ten houses located throughout the campus.  All are close together and none are more than a few minutes’ walk from all facilities.  The houses are similar in terms of facilities but varied in terms of design and architecture.  Each house has its own security code on the front door lock.  These codes will be issued on arrival. Bedroom keys are issued to leaders and staff only.
The college is only 5 minutes from the town centre shops and the seafront.  It is about 15 minutes' walk from the South Downs National Park across which buses run from the town centre every 30 minutes.

Eastbourne college accommodation

St Andrew's School (homestay accommodation)

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St Andrew's School is part of the same charity trust as Eastbourne College and many of its pupils go on to study there.
The programme at the school offers a range of sports (with an indoor swimming pool).  Students can also enjoy a variety of activities like drama, photography, arts and crafts.
The social programme includes BBQs, discos and parties where everyone can join in.
Students attending courses here stay with local hosts.
Located in the heart of one of Eastbourne's more upmarket residential areas, the school is 3 minutes' walk from the foot of Beachy Head and the seafront in one direction and from the shops and services of the area in the other.  The town centre is 15 minutes' walk or a short bus-ride away.
The school is set in its own gardens and extensive playing fields.

St Andrew's school

Elac Excursions

All staff will be involved at some point in accompanying students on excursions.  There are 3 full-day excursions included in the typical programme in both Eastbourne centres.


Students visit London twice.  There are no included entrances.
The first visit focuses on a walking tour of the principal sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace.  The tour ends with some free time for the students to do some shopping.
The second visit allows for them to visit one of the museums or galleries (Natural History Museum, Tate Modern), or – if they wish to pay the entrance themselves – into an attraction (Globe Theatre, Madam Tussauds etc.). 

London Eye


We travel there by train, and the itinerary involves a guided tour of the principal attractions (Pavilion, Pier and Lanes) with included entrance into the Pavilion, followed by free time for shopping etc.

Some students who are on the course for longer may have optional half-day excursions included in their programme.


In addition to the excursions included in the programme, there are a number of other trips which groups elect to do on their free day.  These include: Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Hever Castle, London (again!) and others.

If you enjoy taking students on excursions, or you just want to work more earn more, then let the Activity Manager know that you are keen to get involved.

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