Tuesday, June 27, 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
 
 

Shopping

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

Bus
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
 
Coach
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
 
Train
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
  

Testimonials

“I came to PELS to improve my English. In class, we did grammar, played some games and we spoke. I met some new friends here. I lived with my cousins and aunt and uncle.” Beatrice, 17 y.o. from Italy, B1

Beatrice, 17 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 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 study English. People are polite and the lessons are good. Everything is nice and good. I wish to come back next year.” Shatha, 16 y.o from Saudi Arabia,   

Shatha, 16 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“My agent recommended Portsmouth English Language School where I studied for 6 weeks. I met lots of friends and had a nice coffee with my teachers. My homestay family was great. I loved my stay in Portsmouth and want to come back next year.” Asami, 31 y.o from Japan, B1

Asami, 31 y.o. from Japan

"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

“Coming to PELS was a good experience to meet new people from all over the world and to improve my English. It also helped me to socialize more and discover other lifestyles. Yes, it was a great experience.” Zaineb, 16 y.o. from Tunisia, A2

Zaineb, 16 y.o. from Tunisia

“I came to PELS because I won a scholarship and I wanted to improve my English. In class, we did games and a lot of very helpful activities. At PELS, there were people from around the world so it was easy to learn to communicate in English with everybody. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are so beautiful. I’ll...

Roberta, 22 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS to learn English grammar and culture. I met a lot of people from different countries and made new friends whom I will miss when I come back home to Saudi Arabia. I will come back to PELS next year.” Mana, 18 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family...

Mana, 18 y.o.from Saudi Arabia

“I first studied at PELS 2 years ago and decided to come back this year. My English has improved. The teachers were very supportive and now I can now speak in front of people. My host family was very- very- great.” Turki, 19 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the...

Turki, 19 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

 “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 wanted to improve my English. It has improved thanks to my teachers. Now my vocabulary is better and I can speak with other classmates. I had a nice trip to London which I enjoyed very much. My life in the host family was good because I was independent and they were very kind and...

Samantha, 23 y.o. from Italy