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Stafford House International, Canterbury, England UK


Rating: 4.5/5.0

19 New Dover Rd - CT1 3AS Canterbury - see on map
Stafford House International - Stafford House International school building

What we like about the school

  • Best rated school in Canterbury
  • Excellent nationality mix. No student nationality makes up more than 15.8% of students.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.
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Location: Stafford House International in Canterbury is situated on the outskirts of the city centre. It is close to Canterbury Christ Church University, and there are shops and restaurants lining the streets around the school.

Getting around: The school is a 13-minute walk from the centre of the city. Canterbury is around an hour and a half by train from London. The Canterbury East Train Station is 12 minutes by foot from the school building. From here there are regular train services to the capital city, and other surrounding cities.

Local attractions: As Stafford House International is a short walk from the centre, the central attractions such as Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Roman Museum are around 10 minutes by from the school. The school is very close to St Augustine's Abbey, which is under 5 minutes away.

Course structure: General English courses are available at the school in a number of different formats. There are exam preparation courses for a number of The Cambridge Exams and the IELTS Exam. One-to-one lessons can be added to a course or booked as a stand alone course.

Junior programmes: Stafford House International has a range of junior programmes which take place in the summer months.

School facilities: The school building has a student lounge, library, outside courtyard and self study room. There are interactive whiteboards in all the classrooms, and there is wifi throughout the entire school.

Social activities: There is an eclectic mix of activities put on by the school each week. A calendar of events is available for students to see what they can join and sign up too. The options range from quiz nights or other events at the school, trips to attractions in the city or excursions to other cities.

Chain school: Stafford House International is an English language school with premises located in major cities in the UK. The school prides itself on being a community away from home.

There are a wide range of courses in each location that students can choose from including general English, exam preparation courses, University pathway programmes and professional English packages. Stafford House International in the UK is a member of English UK and accredited by the British Council. It is also an authorised centre for Cambridge English Language Assessment.
  • The language school Stafford House International was founded in Canterbury, England UK in 1952.
  • Legal name / parent company: CATS Colleges Holdings Limited
  • Tax registration ID: GB328077689

English Courses

General Language
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by Stafford House International
Comments about courses

Material Fees:
1-12 weeks: GBP 50.
13-24 weeks: GBP 100.
25-36 weeks: GBP 150.
36+ weeks: GBP 200.

Other airport transfers include (one way):
London City: GBP 180.
Luton: GBP 240.
Ashford: GBP 110.

Junior airport transfer (one way):
Ashford: GBP 95.

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
80.00 £
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 75 £. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2023 - 02 Jan. 2023, 25 Dec. 2023 - 31 Dec. 2023.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per English language level

Level (CEFR)Level descriptionsLESSONS needed per levelWEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1BeginnerNo knowledge, or an understanding of only a very few basic words/phrases.A1 to A2804
A2ElementaryCan understand and speak about simple topics: i.e. family, shopping, hobbies.A2 to B11608
B1IntermediateCan speak about future and past events, give reasons and explanations for a situation.B1 to B21809
B2Higher IntermediateCan speak about abstract topics, produce clear detailed text on many subjects.B2 to C120010
C1AdvancedCan use language flexibly and effectively.C1 to C222011
C2ProfiencyCan express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely.
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
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Stafford House International

Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTOBritish councilEnglish UKPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalISI
English teacher qualifications
90% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:40
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Stafford House International and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Bank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

  • Classroom equipment

    • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in some classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 15
    Number of public PC workstations: 14

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Disabled car park

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Throughout the year: 70
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 40
Minimum age of students
16 years
14 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Junior courses In summer: 5
Junior courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 24 years

Top student nationalities

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
London Heathrow Airport:
210 £ one way
420 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
180 £ one way
360 £ return (both ways)
London Stansted Airport:
220 £ one way
440 £ return (both ways)
More information about airports around Canterbury and how to get from the airport to Canterbury on your own here on our Canterbury page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
65 £
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Basketball1 km
Cricket1 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Golf2 km
Horse riding4 km
Rugby2 km
Sailing8 km
Squash2 km
Swimming2 km
Table Tennis1 km
Tennis2 km
Volleyball1 km
Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)
Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)
Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)




Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Stafford House International, Canterbury
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Quality of teaching

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Value for money

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Rating: 5.0/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)
Student opinions about Stafford House International, Canterbury
The atmosphere was nice. Everyone were so kind and they were really helpful as well.
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Course: IELTS [English] - 2 weeks
22. Jan. 2019


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Questions and answers about Stafford House International

  • We can offer private lessons but not in the evening. The latest we can offer is 13:30 to 17:15/17:30.
    Laís D'Amato Rocker​, from Stafford House International - Mar 11, 2022
  • Yes, It's possible to offer gluten-free meals at no extra fee.
    Maksym Pidipryhora, Global Sales Support Coordinator from Stafford House International - Mar 12, 2023
  • Yes, we have twin rooms available and the girls can stay together.
    Maksym Pidipryhora, Global Sales Support Coordinator from Stafford House International - Mar 12, 2023
  • Students under 18 are not allowed to cook themselves.
    Maksym Pidipryhora, Global Sales Support Coordinator from Stafford House International - Mar 12, 2023

FAQ about Stafford House International, Canterbury

  • The duration of a lesson is 45 minutes.
    Madly Simba, FR Consultant from Stafford House International - Aug 17, 2021
  • The accommodation Stafford House Residence is the most popular among all our clients of Stafford House
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: First Certificate - Residential
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from London Heathrow Airport (210 £), London Gatwick Airport (180 £), London Stansted Airport (220 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Stafford House varies from 1 students (Private Classes) to 16 students (Classic Course + Basketball - Homestay)
  • 90% of teachers at Stafford House International hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Stafford House International comes from Saudi Arabia with a 14.8% representation, followed by students from Korea (14.3%) and Turkey (10%).
  • Stafford House International offers courses from 11 years (Classic Course - Residential, 15 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 24 for the rest of the year.


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