Why Study at East London College?
East London College has an excellent reputation for high quality tuition in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We have all the facilities you need for an effective and enjoyable learning experience.
The College is situated to the east of the city of London but it is only a short underground journey from many tourist attractions, including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.
London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Together with the many historic sites, there are world famous theatres, clubs and galleries.
British culture has been enriched by many other cultures, for example London can offer a diverse choice of food - from the traditional pub lunch to exotic international food. There are also a variety of shops and street markets to visit. London has something for everyone - day or night.
Student Services & Facilities
To ensure your stay in London and your studies at East London College are as enjoyable as they are useful, we offer a range of welfare services & facilities. A member of staff is always available to offer advice on a range of issues. We especially ensure that our younger, more venerable students are assisted in every way possible to ensure that their stay in London is both enjoyable and safe.
Home Office Visas
Once you have enrolled (please see Admissions Procedure for more details), we will send you a CAS letter, which will help you obtain a visa should you need one to study in the UK. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about student visas.
Overseas students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply for courses in good time to allow for visa and foreign exchange arrangements to be completed.
On your arrival in the UK, we can arrange for you to be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation (if requested) or brought to the college (office hours only). If you would like to be received at the airport you must inform the College of your flight details as soon as you have them. These should include the name of the airline, the flight number, the date and time of arrival, airport you are flying from and the airport you are arriving at.
Please see Accommodation for more details.
Travelling in London
Some forms of accommodation may be within walking distance of the East London College. Most accommodation will require travel on London Underground (underground train network) or Bus. Students on courses of 12 weeks or more at East London College also qualify for up to 30% student discount on weekly and monthly travel cards that can be used on London Underground and buses.
The College administration staff can provide assistance in applying for a student travel card. If you are unsure about using public transport the college administration staff or your tutor will be happy to explain it to you.
For further information:
- on all public transport in London - www.londontransport.co.uk
- about the underground system - www.thetube.com
Treatment under Britain's National Health Service will be given to students on courses of 12 weeks (3 months) or longer. The College will be happy to help long-term students to register with their local General Practitioner (Doctor). For those students studying for less than 12 weeks, we strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.
For further information: www.doh.gov.uk
Private Bank Accounts
Our friendly administrative staff can help you to open your own private bank account in the UK. You will usually need to studying on a course of a minimum of six months at the East London College and the application should be made at the start of the course. If you wish to bring a substantial amount of money into the country for your living expenses, we suggest you open a bank account with an international bank (such as HSBC) and notify them that you wish to operate your account in the UK.
Food and Drink
There are also restaurants, snack bars and fast food establishments within five minutes' walk.
East London College has a number of Computer Laboratories equipped with the latest industry standard workstations using the latest software as well as access to the Internet. Computing students have access to languages such as Visual Basic, C++, JAVA, and databases such as Access. Both hardware and software are regularly reviewed and updated.
East London College has a limited number of reference books that are available for short-term loan and reference.
For a wider choice of general reference books, we encourage our students to register with one of the local public libraries in the surrounding area.
Fax, E-mail and Internet facilities
Fax facilities are available at the reception. There is a small charge for sending faxes. Students have unlimited free access to the Internet, allowing you to research projects and to check your personal email.