Monday, October 23, 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 came to PELS as a part of the Erasmus+ project. In the morning I had lessons with Marc and in the afternoon I worked as an intern helping the administration and marketing deparment. Lessons with Marc were always interesting and pleasant. He is an excellent teacher. He helped me to improve my English better. I had a really good...

Virginia, 18 y.o. from Italy

“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 I like the UK.  I’m bad at English but day by day, I feel improvements. People at PELS are sociable and the teachers are excellent. My life with my host family is good. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are beautiful and fun.” Khaled, 19 y.o from Tunisia, A1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by...

Khaled, 19 y.o. from Tunisia

 “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 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 because a friend told me she had been here to learn English. At the beginning I didn't speak English very well but thanks to PELS I really improved it and now I can speak it better. I loved Portsmouth and Southsea. Being an Aupair I stayed in host family in Southsea and I looked after two...

Andrea, 24 y.o. from Spain

“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

“I enrolled at PELS for professional reasons because English is very important for my job. I needed to improve my communication skills. The lessons were very challenging. However, my English is much better now than when I first started.” Guiseppe, 54 y.o from Italy, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever...

Giuseppe, 54 y.o. from Italy

“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

 “All my teacher help me to improved my English. I like the classroom, it’s good for everything. Moreover, I came to PELS because there is class lady only and there is childcare for my daughter.” Shouq, from Saudi Arabia, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever and I truly enjoyed the...

Shouq, from Saudi Arabia

“I loved the school, the teachers and the administration staff members. I got a lot of support from the staff. They are supportive and helpful. I talked to them if I had a problem and they always had solutions. We also had some fun activities which helped to meet the other students from the other classes. I wish I could...

Bayan, 20 y.o. from Oman

“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