EC San Francisco

433 California Street, 2nd Floor CA 94104 San Francisco United States

(4.7/5) • 25 reviews

School Facilities


  • Reception Desk

Media and technology

  • Computer with internet available
  • Free Wifi


  • Self-study area
  • Student lounge

Food and Drink

  • Vending machine

EC San Francisco is a contemporary space, situated in the heart of the city centre, a few blocks from Market Street and a short walk to Union Square.

Classrooms surround a large sun-filled lounge, where students can relax and meet their classmates from all over the world.

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Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

General English courses - EC San Francisco

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 Francisco

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 Francisco

Homestay 16 - 99 years old

San Francisco is a vibrant and diverse city of 800,000 inhabitants. People of many different ethnicities live in the Bay Area, and our host families reflect this diversity. Host families can include single people, couples, single-parent families, and families with multiple generations living in one home. Many of our host families are of Filipino descent, and their family-oriented culture means that they treat the students they host as part of their own family. All host families are English speaking and are eager to share the diversity of San Francisco with international visitors.

Host families can be located in the residential neighborhoods in the southwestern part of San Francisco, but most are located in the adjacent towns of Daly City, South San Francisco, and Pacifica. Some of the San Francisco neighborhoods where host families live include: Glen Park, Mission Terrace, Excelsior, Bernal Heights, Portola, the Outer Mission, the Outer Richmond, and the Outer Sunset.

Description of Accommodation

Staying with a local family is a great way to immerse oneself into American culture. This interaction with a family helps students communicate and practice their English in a more relaxed environment whilst also exposing themselves to new experiences – be it lifestyle, local food or simple day to day routines.

Most homes are single family or 2 family homes. The latter is usually two floors with one home on one floor and one on the other. Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, dresser and closet, while some rooms have TVs and other amenities. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Some San Francisco families do not have a washing machine in their home and use the services of a laundromat – this information will be included in the host family profile. In cases where families have a washing machine, students can use the laundry facilities although the number of washes per week remains at the discretion of each family.

Journey to school

The typical commute from a homestay to school is 45 – 60 minutes by public transportation. San Francisco’s transport system is run by MUNI, which operates in San Francisco only, and BART, which is regional. If students are staying in South San Francisco, Daly City, or Pacifica they will need to pay regular BART fares as well as fares for other local buses. There isn’t a monthly BART pass available for outside San Francisco. Students should expect to pay between $60-$200/month for public transit (price depends on where host family is located; students may or may not qualify for the monthly discounted transit pass). In many host family locations, public transportation may not be available after 8 or 9 pm.

Host Family Locations

Host families are located either in the city limits of San Francisco or in the adjacent towns of Daly City and South San Francisco. Some of the typical neighborhoods where host families live are: Bernal Heights, Glen Park, Inner and Outer Richmond, Inner and Outer Sunset, St. Francis Wood, Excelsior, Castro and Mission.

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Comfort Columbus Residence - EC San Francisco


School residence 18 - 99 years old

Located in Historic Jackson Square, close to North Beach, Chinatown, the Ferry Building, the Financial District and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Description of Accommodation

A newly renovated historic residence/hotel very close to EC, catering to international students and others seeking economical longer accommodations in San Francisco. While the building is over 100 years old, it has been updated with new bathrooms, a new shared kitchen, dining area and TV lounge. A large laundry room rounds out the public spaces.
NOTE:  The Colombus has a 4 week minimum booking


  • Common areas including shared bathrooms are cleaned daily. 
  • Credit card operated 8 washers and 8 dryers, $2.75 wash and $2.00 dry –  Visa, American Express and Mastercard accepted
  • Luggage drop-off is allowed same-day for arrival and departure. The only limitation is no overnight-baggage-check.
  • Utility bills are included
  • Kitchen utensils are provided
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • This residence does not provide towels, but one can be purchased from reception or students need to bring their own towels
  • Single bed or loft bed in single rooms.
  • Microwave stations on each floor, mini-fridge in each room
  • Desk, dresser, lamp and armoire in each room

Arrival and departure

  • Arrival day: Saturday ( Sunday arrival is possible)
    Check-in: Guests can check in at 3pm, but if the room is ready early the guests will be allowed  to check in earlier.
    If the room isn’t ready and the guests come before 3pm, the guests` luggages can be kept at the residence and the guests can also wait in the lounge room.
    Late check in is allowed. 

  • Departure day: Saturday
    Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
    Late check out is not possible.

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Standard The Kenmore Aparthotel - EC San Francisco


Shared Apartment 18 - 99 years old

Located in the scenic tree-filled Pacific Heights, the friendly Kenmore Aparthotel is only minutes away from the unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Alcatraz. The Kenmore Aparthotel is steps away from the bus stop and two blocks away from the cable car line, which passes through Chinatown on the pleasant ten-minute trip to the downtown business and shopping districts. 

Description of Accommodation

A classic Victorian building in distinctive San Francisco style dating from the 1880’s, the Kenmore has been updated with modern comforts and security systems. Kenmore offers three types of rooms, twin room with a shared hall bath, a single private studio with a shared bathroom, and a private room with a private bathroom. Each room is equipped with desk, lamps, dressers, closets, WiFi and television.

Meal Description

Half board (breakfast and dinner). A typical breakfast consists of hot eggs, fruit, toast, cereal, coffee/tea available Monday – Saturday. Continental breakfast and brunch served on Sundays. Full dinner provided Monday – Saturday, menu changes daily. Food is being served in dining room each day for tenants.


  • Cleaning service provided. Bed linens changed, dusting, sweeping, common areas cleaned.
  • Coin operated laundry service provided at a cost of: wash : $2.25; dryer: 25 cents every 10 minutes. Students need to buy their own detergent.
  • Luggage drop off service provided at the front desk.
  • 24-Hours Security on site and CCTV.
  • Concierge on site.
  • Utility bills included.

Arrival and departure

  • Arrival day: Saturday ( Sunday arrival is possible)
    Check-in: Guests can check in at 12:00pm but if the room is ready early the guests are allowed to check in earlier.  If the room is nto ready and the guests come before 12:00pm, they can leave their luggage at the residence and wait in the lounge room.
    There will be no EC Staff on site but The Kenmore residence staff will assist during check in. 

  • Departure day: Saturday
    Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
    Late check out on request.

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