EC San Diego

1225 Prospect Street 92037 La Jolla United States

(4.2/5) • 50 reviews

School Facilities


  • Air conditioning

Media and technology

  • Computer with internet available
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Free Wifi


  • Self-study area
  • Student lounge

Food and Drink

  • Vending machine
  • Coffee shop
  • Snack

EC San Diego is located in the beautiful area of La Jolla, well-known for its up-market shopping and incredible coastline, where seals can be spotted next to surfers and sunbathers! The school is bright and airy with ocean views, an outdoor terrace and a truly relaxed Californian atmosphere.

Once a Spanish colonial outpost, modern San Diego is a magnet for people who love surfing and the great outdoors. Known for having the perfect climate, it has some of the best beaches Southern California has to offer. If riding the waves between English language courses is what you’re looking for, San Diego will not disappoint.

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Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

General English courses - EC San Diego

English 16 - 99 years old

With a focus on fluency, the General English courses allow you to improve your English and gain a practical understanding of the language and how to use it. You will focus on the 4 skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, in order to improve your level and maximise your ability to use English.

What can you expect from this course?

Real English
We help you to develop your English systems (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), while also building the learning skills that will keep you improving and give you the confidence to use that knowledge in real-life.  

Creative and Energetic Classes
When it comes to creating lessons, our teachers know what works. Classes are dynamic, engaging and motivating, designed to activate and build upon your strengths, whilst also giving targeted attention to your weaker areas. Relaxed and informal classroom environments create an encouraging atmosphere to help you build your confidence, realise your potential, and advance towards fluency.

Learn by Doing
At EC, progress is maximised as you are encouraged to learn by doing. Our task-based lessons focus on the active production of English, promoting class participation and interaction between students. We provide you the targeted support to help you achieve your academic goals. Our assessments give you feedback on how you are progressing and where you need more help.

Improve Your ‘Thinking Time’
As your skills and confidence develop with support from your teachers, so too will your ability to listen, understand and respond quickly and effectively in English. You will notice these improvements most of all when you take your English outside of the classroom and into everyday conversation in one of our vibrant English-speaking destinations!

Expert Support
Your teachers are trained to deliver on-going support, feedback and care throughout your time at EC. You will be taught by at least two teachers, exposing you to a variety of voices, improving your listening and boosting your vocabulary.

Authentic Materials
We believe there is no substitute for authentic English, so in addition to text books, our teachers use real-life resources taken from newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet. The authentic nature of these materials will give you an appreciation of the richness of the English language used in a variety of everyday contexts.

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English for Work - EC San Diego

English 16 - 99 years old

20 General English + 4 English for Work Lessons - 12 weeks maximum

For those who want to compete successfully in today’s global workplace, this intensive course develops the fluency, accuracy and the specific communication skills you need to advance confidently in your chosen career.

What can you expect on this course?

Intensive language learning
This course builds your General English skills, and then focuses on the language you will need in the workplace. Through intensive practice in the four skills, you will gain the means to express yourself effectively in English. So in the future, whether you want to network at a conference, give a presentation or lead a conference call, you can do so with fluency, accuracy and confidence.

Professional focus
As English is the global language of business, politics, international relations, culture and entertainment, this course will develop your linguistic skills and help towards building a career in an international context.

You will develop your language skills within such areas as:

  • Leading and managing meetings and conference calls
  • Presentations
  • Project planning
  • Small talk
  • Goal-setting
  • Applying for jobs
  • Interviewing
You will enhance valuable ‘soft skills’, focusing on how to justify your opinion, make recommendations, present different scenarios and resolve conflict.
In today’s world, understanding these professional issues and having the language and key skills to work with them effectively will give you a distinct advantage as you progress up the career ladder.

Develop your international prospects
By the end of your time with us, important doors will be open for you. You will not only considerably improve your English fluency, but you will also have the specific language, knowledge and skills to deal confidently with a wide range of business issues. All this will give you a vital edge over the competition as exciting new employment prospects open up around the world.

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Usually the check-in is one or two days before the start of the course, and check out on the day of graduation. You can change the dates in the form.

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Standard Homestay - EC San Diego

Homestay 16 - 99 years old

San Diego, with its wonderful Californian climate, relaxed outdoor way of life, and great scenery offers students a unique opportunity for learning. Get to know your ‘Home’ by exploring some of the most beautiful beaches in California, as well as natural parks where you can hike on trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Description of Accommodation

Each room is naturally lit and consists of a bed, drawer and closet. Some rooms have a TV and other amenities.

Each family will have their own set of rules and are encouraged to go over these rules with the student upon arrival and/or post the rules in a common area of the home.

Some hosts have washing machines and dryers available for students and some do not. If they are available, the student should ask a member of the family how to operate the machines. In general, students are expected to communicate evening plans to the family, ask permission for friends to visit, limit home telephone calls to local calls only unless an international card is purchased, keep their rooms tidy, and to be very quiet when returning home very late. Some host families have curfews as well as a time limit for showers. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school.

Meal Description

Every meal is fresh and prepared daily. A variety of food is provided each one packed with nutritional value. Host families make an effort to adjust the type of food offered to the tastes of the students and take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals. Vegetarians or people with food allergies should specify upon booking.

Breakfast varies from family to family. It is usually self-service and includes bread, coffee, cereal. Hosts are encouraged to offer students whatever is typical for their home. Students who book half board will eat whatever the family eats. If the host family is dining out, the student will accompany them as a guest. Dinners are usually quite early in the USA, but families will inform the student of the time when they eat. Not all families will sit down and have dinner together every night. It is important that the student informs the host family beforehand should they be late or not having dinner.

Some hosts will allow students to use their kitchens to cook on their own, but this varies from family to family. Students should always ask before using the kitchen and should clean up after themselves.

Arrival and departure


Journey to school

The distance from EC San Diego to Clairemont is up to 1 hour and 20 minutes, University City/UTC 45 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, Pacific Beach up to 45 minutes and La Jolla up to 30 minutes Students are advised to make use of public transport to commute to school.

Host Family Locations

About 80% of host families are in Clairemont, one of the most beautiful prestigious areas of San Diego. The rest of our host families are in the affluent seaside community of La Jolla and neighbouring Pacific Beach, home to one of San Diego’s larger nightlife scenes.

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Comfort Bay Pointe Aparthotel - EC San Diego


Shared Apartment 18 - 99 years old

Bay Pointe is centrally located in the beautiful Mission Bay area of Pacific Beach. One of Pacific Beach’s highlights is the miles of shoreline and beaches along the Pacific Ocean, with the beach scene revolving around the historic Crystal Pier, a large pier and hotel at the west end of Garnet Avenue. The boardwalk is typically crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and shoppers, but no matter what your pleasure, there is always something happening on the beach or the boardwalk. 

As the sun goes down and the tides change, “PB”, as it is known by the locals, reawakens with dozens of night time hangouts coming to life. Dancing, live music, and San Diego’s hottest beach bars are all within easy walk from the beach. The area boasts dozens of bars, cafes, and eateries lining the main East-West Street Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, which runs north-south. Commuters enjoy easy access to Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, the San Diego Freeway (I-5), Ocean Beach Freeway (I-8), fine restaurants, La Jolla, Sea World and the San Diego International Airport.
Description of Accommodation

Bay Pointe provides resort-like living. It includes a heated Olympic-size pool, two spas, saunas, separate cardio room and weight room, basketball courts and lighted tennis courts. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms and includes a spacious balcony or patio, walk-in closets, a kitchen including appliances, and air conditioning.


  • Monthly cleaning service provided. Bedroom and bathroom cleaning is included.
  • The apartments have a laundry on site and students have to pay to use the machines. There are about 10 washers and 10 dryers. It is approximately $2 for each cycle
  • If students have questions, please have the students contact the phone numbers and emails listed on their school booking confirmation sheet. The front desk lobby at the apartments is for permanent resident services, not temporary student/vacation bookings. Either the housing vendor or EC San Diego can assist them
  • Utility bills are included, however, possible charges for inappropriate usage of AC.
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Kitchen utensils are provided
  • Parking space: The students will need to buy a parking pass.
  • Basketball courts and lighted tennis courts

Arrival and departure

  • Arrival day: Saturday ( Sunday arrival is possible)
    Check-in:after 16:00
    Early Check in is not allowed. Students can relax in the lobby or pool area. 
    Late check in is allowed. The student can go directly to the apartment door and enter using the directions provided on the check-in instruction sheet. There is a lockbox on every door which they open using a code.  This code will be emailed to the student in a Welcome Letter the week of arrival. 

  • Departure day: Saturday
    Check-out: before 10:00
    Late check out is not allowed

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Standard Diamond Street Shared House - EC San Diego

Shared Apartment 18 - 99 years old

Diamond Street House is in Pacific Beach, San Diego. One of Pacific Beach’s highlights is the miles of shoreline and beaches along the Pacific Ocean filled with sunbathers, surfers and volleyball nets. The Pacific Beach boardwalk is typically crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and shoppers. As the sun goes down and the tides change, “PB”, as it is known by the locals, reawakens with dozens of nighttime hangouts coming to life. Dancing, live music, grocery stores, a pharmacy, and bus #30 stop are all within walking distance from the Diamond Street house. Bus #30 goes directly to EC San Diego, or to the Old Town Transit/Trolley Center.

Description of Accommodation

Diamond Street House provides the best of shared home living. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a spacious central kitchen/living room area. There are two private patios with BBQ’s, tables and lounge chairs for outdoor dining. There is also a garage to store your bikes and skateboards along with free parking.

Arrival and departure

  • Arrival: Saturday (Earlier arrival upon request)
    Check-in: 16:00 – 22:00
    Early Check-in is upon request. Contact the school prior so as to notify other residents
    Student will receive an email the week of their arrival with their lockbox code and a check-in sheet with directions 
  • Departure: Saturday
    Late check-out is not allowed. 

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