Thursday, August 17, 2017
Student Life / Cost of living

Cost of living

Guide for Students 2016/17

This will help you to prepare for your stay in Portsmouth by providing you an estimate of how much money you will need in England.

Entertainment/Social Programme

Activity Price
Swimming £ 5.00
Bowling £ 7.00 per person per game
Cinema* £ 8.50
Entry into a nightclub* Free - £ 6.00 (drinks extra)
Glass of wine £ 4.00
Pint of beer £ 3.80 - £ 5.00
*Discounts may be available with your student card

Eating and Drinking

If you have booked half-board accommodation, we suggest you allow about £ 7 for extra food, snack and drinks during the day.
Cafés in Portsmouth
Please be advised that the following prices may vary depending on the place of purchase.
Item Price
Hot drinks £ 1.50 - £ 4.00
Soft Drinks £ 1.00 - £ 2.50
Sandwich £ 3.00 – £ 5.00
Pizza £ 5.00 - £ 50.00
Salad £ 3.00 - £ 5.00
Burger and Chips £ 3.00 - £6.00
A Big Mac meal £ 1.00 – 5.00

Supermarkets/Grocery shops

Item Price
Sandwich £ 1.00 -  £ 3.50
Fruit £ 0.20 - £ 3.00
Bottle of water £ 0.50 - £ 1.50
Can of Coke £ 0.80 - £ 1.50
Crisps £ 1.00 - £ 2.50
Salad £ 1.00 - £ 3.00

Restaurant prices/Evening meals

Item Price
Budget meal £ 10
Standard meal £ 15
Exclusive meal varies


Item Price
Stamp for a letter in Europe £ 1.00 – £ 1.52
Batteries £ 3.00 - £ 5.00
20 cigarettes £ 8.00
Toothbrush £ 0.99 - £3.00
Toothpaste £ 0.99
Shower gel £ 0.99
Shampoo £ 0.99
Washing powder £ 5.00
Stamp for a letter £ 3.00
T-shirt £ 1.00 +
Jeans £ 10.00 +
Parka £ 25.00 +
Backpack £ 8.00 +
Bag £ 6.00 +
Postcard £ 0.50 - £ 1.00
Book (second hand) £ 1.00 +

Public Transport

Item Price
Single journey £ 1.50 - £ 3.00
1 Day Ticket £ 4.20
Bus Pass 1 week £ 18.00
Bus Pass 1 Month £ 60.00
Item Price
Return to London £ 15.00 – £ 25.00
Return to Winchester £ 9.00 - £ 12.00
Return to Brighton £ 13.00 – £ 50.00
Ferry to the Isle of Wight £ 13.00 – £ 19.00
Return to Bath £ 50.00 - £ 72.00
Return to Oxford £ 22.00 – £ 44.00
Return to Salisbury £ 14.00 - £ 20.00
London Tube
Adult Travelcard Day Anytime £ 12.00 - £ 21.50
Adult Cash Single £ 4.80 - £ 7.30
Item Price
Return to London £ 15.00 - £ 70.00
Return to Winchester £ 12.00 - £ 20.00
Return to Brighton £ 15.00 - £ 25.00
Return to Oxford £ 40.00 - £ 120.00
Return to Salisbury £ 20.00 - £ 44.00


"I arrived in the UK with no idea of English and with the only aim to learn it, so I joined PELS. Thanks to PELS, I met amazing people from different parts of the world. The PELS team helped me to improve my English to the point that I am now able to speak fluent English. I passed my IELTS...

Pol, 21 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS to improve my English but also to prepare for the IELTS examination. I am really happy because I learnt a lot of new vocabulary and about the British culture.  The host family was brilliant and I had lots of discussions with them. I liked Portsmouth even if the city is small. I made great friends from...

Islem, 19 y.o. from Algeria

“I came to PELS because I wanted to speak more in English. I joined afternoon activities and they were very good. I met some new friends from Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Oman. I think I can speak more fluently now. It is really great to study at PELS.” Clarice, 15 y.o from Hong Kong, B2 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by...

Clarice, 15 y.o. from Hong Kong

“The atmosphere at Portsmouth English Language School is very pleasant. My teacher Claire is very experienced. I like her because she always smiles and tries to help us in a different way. The members of the staff are very helpful and friendly as well. If you come to PELS you will feel at home because it is similar to a...

Desiree, 24 y.o. from Italy

“Portsmouth is a very beautiful city. I came here with a group of Tunisian students and we stayed in a residential accommodation where I met lots of students from many countries. I talked a lot in English both in class and with my new friends. I loved the Saturday excursion to London.” Zohra, 17 y.o from Tunisia, B1

Zohra, 17 y.o. from Tunisia

 “I came to PELS to improve my English and I can now talk in English more easily. Asa is the best teacher. I like my host family. The City of Portsmouth is very nice and I want to come back.” Alexandros, 17 y.o. from Greece, A2

Alexandros, 17 y.o. from Greece

“I wanted to speak English and I thought that Portsmouth English Language School could help me to do it. As I expected, the school was great and staff were very helpful. We visited lots of places in Portsmouth city and I enjoyed a lot. I think that I will go back to PELS next year. Thank you for everything.” Kristina, 15 y.o from...

Kristina, 15 y.o. from Belarus

“I came to PELS with my all family and it was really enjoyable and useful. My husband and two sons also studied at PELS. My English has improved by attending an intensive course. I think that to learn English , you need to be immersed in English life.” Wanda, 45 y.o from Italy, C1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional...

Wanda, 45 y.o. from Italy

 “I came to PELS to improve my English. I chose it because it looked nice and it was next to my place. In PELS, I did morning courses with Marc and IELTS courses with Betty, Claire or Laura. My English improved a lot and I met a lot of people in this school. I went to different activities such as...

Erell, 24 y.o. from France

“I came to PELS because I needed to improve my English in order to get a high score in the IELTS exam. I met lovely people from different countries who helped me to practise my speaking skills. I found the lessons very useful for the IELTS exam preparation. I learnt a lot about the exam structures and strategies to improve...

Cristina, 34 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS because it was near my Host family and because it's a good English School. This experience was good for me. Portsmouth is very nice. I like the UK so much.” Alessandra, 50 y.o from Italy, A2  

Alessandra, 50 y.o. from Italy

“I did learn a lot with the lessons and I am really happy of the courses. The teachers are very good, each of them has own way to teach. I haven’t been disappointed. Thanks to the teachers and the staff. I’ve learned a lot. Adrien, 18 y.o. from Belgium, C1

Adrien, 18 y.o. from Belgium