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Stafford House InternationalCanterbury, England UK


Rating: 4.5/5.0

4 students - overall rating
19 New Dover Rd - CT1 3AS Canterbury - see on map
From 335£ per week
What we like about the school
  • Best rated school in Canterbury
  • Top rated social activities

    Rating: 4.5/5.0

  • 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.
What we dislike about the school
  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.
  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.
  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.

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.

English Courses

General Language
Exam PreparationWhy exam preparation courses are excellent for optimum progress

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 before arrival
  • 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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Rating: 4.5/5.0

Overall school rating of
Stafford House International, Canterbury
Location of the school

Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 5.0/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 5.0/5.0

Student opinions about Stafford House International, Canterbury

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
The atmosphere was nice. Everyone were so kind and they were really helpful as well.
Overall rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0


Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4/5.0


Rating: 5/5.0

Course: IELTS [English] - 2 weeks
22. Jan. 2019
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.

Ratings of Stafford House International compared to ratings of all schools in England UK

 Stafford House International CanterburyAverage of all other schools in England UK
Overall school rating4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Location of the school4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0


Rating: 4.6/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0


Rating: 5.0/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Value for money4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 5.0/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Shared flat5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Stafford House International

Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTOBritish councilEnglish UKISI
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
Students should arrive at 8:40
Student gender mix
50% male / 50% female
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
Year of school foundation
Legal name / parent company
CATS Colleges Holdings Limited | Tax registration ID: GB328077689

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

  • Non-smoking (all indoor and all outdoor areas of school)

  • 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

Age of students

Information for all courses offered by Stafford House International

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
80.00 £
Comments about courses

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

Insurance: GBP 9 per week.

Other airport transfers include (one way):
London City: GBP 195.
Luton: GBP 260.
St Pancras: GBP 230.

Junior airport transfer (one way):
Heathrow: GBP 260.
Gatwick: GBP 220.
Stansted: GBP 260.
St Pancras: GBP 270.
Luton: GBP 270.
London City: GBP 220.

Unaccompanied minor service: GBP 150 (each way).

Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 80 £. 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 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 Apr 2024, 06 May 2024, 27 May 2024, 26 Aug 2024, 23 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024.
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 before the start of the course via an online form.
Lessons needed per English language level
Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
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.

Airport transfer

London Heathrow Airport:
230 £ one way
460 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
195 £ one way
390 £ return (both ways)
London Stansted Airport:
240 £ one way
480 £ return (both ways)
More details about airports near Canterbury and how to travel independently from the airport to the city on our Canterbury page. For flight comparisons to Canterbury, we recommend using skyscanner.com.

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 £

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

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Canterbury walking tour
Movie afternoon
African drumming
Pub night
Canterbury Cathedral

Adults - Paid activities

London excursion (GBP 30)
Seaside excursion (GBP 10)

Junior - Free activities

Not offered.

Junior - Paid activities

Not offered.



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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 Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Stafford House
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from London Heathrow Airport (230 £), London Gatwick Airport (195 £), London Stansted Airport (240 £)
  • 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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