Good Hope Studies - Newlands

11 Mariendahl Ave, Newlands 7700 Cape Town South Africa

(4.5/5) • 50 reviews

School Facilities


  • Air conditioning
  • Reception Desk
  • garden

Media and technology

  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Free Wifi


  • Self-study area
  • Outside pool

Food and Drink

  • Snack

Good Hope Studies was founded in 1995. The idea was to open a language school that was different from all the other schools. We wanted to provide a learning environment which is relaxed and fun to study in. Instead of renting cheap office space in the noisy city centre, we started our first school in a lovely private house in the leafy residential area of Newlands. The school was close to the host families, saving students on travel time. It was also close to public transport and close to the commercial centre of Claremont, an area that offers all amenities like restaurants, supermarkets, banks, cinemas, bars and more. Our students learnt English in the shade of an old oak tree instead of listening to the dull hum of air-conditioning. It turned out that students loved our concept and they progressed much faster than in a conventional environment.

The English language school in Newlands, Cape Town, is located in an upmarket residential area. Here you can study in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. At the same time, you are close to all types of accommodation and only a short walk away from a commercial and office centre.

People learn best when they feel comfortable and relaxed. You will find the school building to be a warm and friendly place in a quiet environment. Besides the usual learning facilities, you will also find an interior that creates a pleasant atmosphere in which to study. In addition to fully equipped classrooms, the school building offers a break room where students enjoy free coffee and tea, free Internet access for e-mailing and Wifi. Our school offers a beautiful garden, where classes regularly take place, as well as a swimming pool.

We provide on-site accommodation where you can study and live on the same property. Alternatively you can choose our Student House only 15 minutes walking distance from school, our Student Residence or GHS Homestay close to school.

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Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

General English GHS NL

English 17 - 99 years old

These courses are ideal for students who use English for everyday purposes.

General English 16 is recommended for students who want to have Friday off for sightseeing or other activities. 

For Beginners General English 16 is not recommended. 

Students can expect to: 
  • Practise their reading and listening skills 
  • Develop their vocabulary and grammar, so that they can communicate more effectively and accurately 
  • Practise speaking and writing 
  • Use English to exchange ideas with people from other countries 
  • The lessons are based around a coursebook, and adapted to the class. 

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Semi-intensive and Intensive English - GHS NL

English 17 - 99 years old

These courses are ideal for students who wish to optimise their study time by selecting our afternoon options for a full day of learning.

These courses are not suitable for absolute Beginners. Beginners are required to take private lessons in the afternoons.

Students who select afternoon classes will practise both receptive and productive skills in four distinct Focus Groups.

The Focus Groups, unlike the morning classes, are designed to mimic the world beyond the classroom where communication happens between people with a varied command of English. Focus Group classes, therefore, accommodate a mix of levels: strong Beginners mix with Elementary students in Survival English. The other Focus Groups mix students from Pre-Intermediate level and higher.

In the morning, students participate in the General English 20 Course (Monday to Friday). Alternatively, they can participate in the General English 16 Course (Monday to Thursday). 

For Semi-Intensive, students add two Focus Groups (5 lessons) in the afternoon. These lessons take place either Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday depending on the groups they choose. 
For the Intensive Course, students add four Focus Groups (10 lessons). These lessons take place from Monday to Thursday. 

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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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On-site accommodation - residence

School residence 18 - 99 years old

Important: Accommodation availability is subject to change without notice and it is out of Worddy's ability to know its availability on real time. Only the school can confirm once a booking has been received.

Live and study on the same property. This residence is situated right next to the school in Newlands. It is an upmarket house on a large property with a garden, a swimming pool and a veranda.

The house is beautifully decorated and there is a self-catering kitchen and a large communal area. One of our staff members is permanently staying at the property and available for assistance when needed.

Recommended to students who study in Newlands, want to be independent and don’t want to travel to school by public transport.

Great facilities: The on-site accommodation is a large residential house with 5 single and 4 twin rooms, a garden to relax in and a large swimming pool.

Perfect location: Located on the school’s property, in an upmarket residential area, close to public transport, shops and restaurants.


  • Facilities: A dining room, a lounge with a TV and a garden with a swimming pool.
  • Rooms: 5 single and 4 twin rooms.
  • Bathrooms: 2 rooms share one bathroom.
  • Meals: Self-catering facilities are available for students to prepare their own meals.
  • House rules: Students are required to follow the house rules, which are sent together with the accommodation description.
  • WiFi: Free of charge (fair use).
  • Laundry: A washing machine and a tumble dryer are available for an extra charge.
  • Cleaning: Common areas are cleaned daily (Mon - Fri) and the bedrooms are cleaned once a week. Students are required to keep their rooms tidy and to clean up the kitchen after cooking.
  • Bedding: Provided and replaced once a week.
  • Towels: Students are required to bring their own.

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GHS Student House

Shared Apartment 18 - 99 years old

Important: Accommodation availability is subject to change without notice and it is out of Worddy's ability to know its availability on real time. Only the school can confirm once a booking has been received.

Being the most affordable form of accommodation, it is usually the choice of our younger, long-term students. In addition there are also volunteers staying there.

In comparison with a host family, the Student House offers more personal freedom and you can easily socialise with your fellow students. 

The Student House is ideal for 18 to 25 year olds.


There are 4 single and 4 twin rooms with 4 bathrooms to share. Further there is a kitchen for self-catering, a common area, a garden and a pool. Wifi is available free of charge.


The Student House is a private house in an upmarket residential area. You can reach the nearest MetroRail station within 5 minutes and the Newlands school is 15 minutes away on foot. If you attend the City Centre school, it takes you about 25 to 30 minutes to get there on public transport. 

The commercial centre of the southern suburbs as well as Rondebosch, an area frequented by university students, can be reached within a 15-minute walk of the Student House. In both areas, you will find shops, restaurants, bars, banks and everything else you might need.

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GHS Homestay - Newlands

Homestay 17 - 99 years old

Important: Accommodation availability is subject to change without notice and it is out of Worddy's ability to know its availability on real time. Only the school can confirm once a booking has been received.

Staying with a host family is a very useful addition to your language course. With them, you can practice your newly acquired skills while learning more about the country and its people. Also, South African host families are well known for their friendliness and hospitality. So it’s no surprise that most students choose a host family. 

Your host could be a single woman, an older couple or a young couple with children. They will provide you with a room with a single bed, a wardrobe and a desk. You also receive breakfast and dinner and share the bathroom with the family.

As the language school in Newlands is situated in the middle of an upmarket residential area, there are many host families to choose from in this area. Depending on the location of your host family, you can either walk to school or go by MetroRail or bus. Most families live in private houses with a garden.

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