Study English in the greatest city
in the World!

Wake up to the sights and sounds of London every day at our Westbourne Academy London campus! On the doorsteps of London city, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the range of dining, drinking and entertainment options available to you. Explore the funky streets of Shoreditch, see the markets of Camden or just be immersed with the diverse range of cultures at your disposal throughout the city. If you’re looking for culture, London is where it’s at!

Local Information

London is one of the cultural and historic capitals of the world. When you study and live here you become part of the multinational mix which makes London so exciting and constantly changing.
Westbourne Academy London is close to the Tower of London and the business and shopping district of Canary Wharf and a ten-minute walk from the River Thames footpath where you can walk along the river or take a ferry to Greenwich or the city centre. The school is easy to access by many buses or trains.
 When you enrol at the school you become a student of New City College London so you can access the libraries, gym, cafes and social areas of the college and mix with a wide range of UK students.


London Tourism

Transport for London (TFL)

Maps of the tube, train and bus. Journey planner, status updates, fares and payments.


List of taxi companies recommended by tfl.

Coaches: to other towns, cities, countries, and airports

Book a coach trip to another country, city, or to the closest airport.

Apps: Citymapper (to plan your journey), Uber, Gett (private taxi hire), National Express (Coach trips), Trainline (Train tickets, bookings and timetables).


We understand that it can take time to adjust to life in a new place.  With that in mind, here’s some useful information on life in the UK.

Please be very careful when crossing the road, don’t forget that in England we drive on the left so LOOK RIGHT FIRST

Banks have different opening times, check with your branch before going there. If you wish to open a bank account, please ask at the reception for a letter and take it to the bank.

Money can be changed in most banks and the post office.

Westfields is one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe, and it is only a few stops away on the DLR. There is also another shopping area in Canary Wharf, only two stops away from the academy.

If you need an English number, we can help you find the best option for you. Sim cards can be purchased online, in supermarket and other specialised shops.

Pubs are generally open from 11.00 – 24.00. Please remember that under 18’s are not allowed to buy or drink alcohol.

If you are staying for a long period, consider registering with your closest GP.

You can buy dictionaries and books at Waterstones and Foyles, among other bookshops. Check your local area!


Follow the status update of your public transport here:

Underground, overground, DLR


Accommodation & Welfare

Westbourne Academy can arrange accommodation for students who take courses at the school. Homestay providers are carefully selected for their friendliness as well as their experience in taking care of students. After the first inspection by our accommodation officer they are regularly re-inspected by the school. Most students take homestay accommodation, which involves living as a member of the home. We do not place more than four adult students in homestay accommodation.

Some students prefer Private Home Accommodation. There may be less of a family environment in this type of accommodation. These homes are also selected by the Westbourne Academy and revisited regularly by the accommodation department.

The safety and security of all our students is a prime consideration. Homestay accommodation gives our students many opportunities for extra language practice and also helps them to understand English culture and customs.

There is a full-time welfare officer available to give advice and help. Your homestay accommodation will include breakfast and dinner with the addition of a snack lunch at weekends. The cost also includes one wash for your clothes each week.



Rates per person per week

Zones 4 & 5 Zone 3 Zone 2 Superior Various Zones Executive Various Zones
Single BB/SC £135 £155 £170 +£25 From £240
Twin BB/SC £125 £140 £160 +£25 From £225
Single HB £175 £190 £210 +£25 From £275
Twin HB £165 £180 £200 +£25 From £255

BB = Room & Continental Breakfast
HB = Room, Continental Breakfast and Dinner
SC = Room only with use of kitchen
Superior supplement, all zones per person per week – add £25.
Private bathroom supplement per person per week subject to availability – add £15.

Hot and cold meals are available in the school restaurant during the week. Special diets can be arranged at extra cost. Please contact the Academy for further details.

Please note that accommodation bookings are typically from a Saturday to Saturday.


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