You've got questions? We've got answers!

Thinking about studying in London? We hope you're just as excited as we are!

You probably have lots of questions about your upcoming English language course, and you're not alone. To help you out, we've listed the answers to questions we've heard from many students and parents over the years.

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SCL International College's roots go back to 2013 when it opened as The Stay Academy. In 2017 the company rebranded to become Stay Campus London and expanded to include four campuses, each one offering its own flair and personality, yet also providing a consistently safe and supportive environment for international students.

In 2021, the school achieved accreditation to provide private further education to international students, thus the school rebranded once more to SCL International College. We now proudly offer Secondary and Higher Education pathway programmes to complement our existing portfolio of English language courses for young learners and adult students.

We have three locations across London:

  1.  Camden
  2.  Kentish Town
  3.  North Acton

Please see our Accommodation page for more details.

As a UK-based language school, we are regularly inspected by the British Council. 

We are also proud members of several education industry bodies such as ALTO (Association of Language Travel Operators), BETA (British Education Travel Associations), and English UK.

Our accommodation unit, The Stay Club, is also certified by the National Code, CUBO and we are a registered examination centre for Trinity College London.

Please see our About us page for more details.

SCL International College is a fully accredited language school with three locations in London. We offer a wide variety of language programmes for children, teenagers and adults - see our adult course listings here and see our courses for juniors and teens here.

The Stay Club is our accommodation business, which is located in the same building as the school, offering our students safety and convenience. Students and young professionals can book accommodation at The Stay Club even if they are not studying at SCL. Please see here for an overview of all three campuses, or visit thestayclub.com for more details.

Each of our three campuses has CCTV both in and outside of the building. Our Reception Desk is manned 24/7 and security personnel is in place at nighttime. There is also a key-card operating system in place in all our buildings and visitor’s registration logbooks so we can trace people who are going in and out of our buildings.

No students under the age of 16 can leave the residence without a Group Leader. We also have a curfew time of 22:00 for students over the age of 16 and 21:30 for those under 16.

More details can be found on our Safeguarding Policies page.

All of our campuses follow all UK government advice and rules for keeping students and staff safe. For all new safety measures implemented since 2020, please see our Covid-19 page.

Yes! With SCL International College, you can live and learn under one roof.

We serve all meals at our on-site restaurants. Each building has en-suite accommodation and a large variety of facilities - from cafes, gyms and cinemas to libraries and prayer rooms.

In addition, each room has its own private kitchenette so you can store and cook your own food 24/7.

Please see here for an overview of all three campuses, or visit thestayclub.com for more details.

Yes! We provide different car/coach sizes depending on the total number of passengers. In order for us to arrange a transfer, we'll ask for your flight details four weeks prior to your arrival.

applications & enrolments

SCL International College offers a wide variety of English language courses, exam prep classes, private tutoring, teacher training programmes and many more. We run face-to-face small classes for adults and juniors from ages 12 and up.

We also create and run several speciality courses exclusively for school groups based on academic or cultural needs.

For an overview of our programmes, see:

To check course availability and prices, please contact us any time.

It's best to apply as soon as possible so that we can check on availability and help you prepare to begin your time with SCL International College. Get in touch with us and we'll walk you through the whole process.

We have a rolling admissions policy, which means that new students can start on any Monday of their choice. This applies to almost all of our courses, with the exception of Higher Education Pathway Programmes and Teacher Training. Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling in any of courses so we can advise you appropriately.

We advise all students to arrive on the Sunday immediately before your programme start date.

It's easy!

  • For all courses and programmes please fill in this form.

You can also send us a quick note via our contact us page or email info@sclinternationalcollege.com and we will help you get started in no time.

We have lots of options for young learners and teens to help them improve their English fluency and explore London with our group leaders. See our English for Juniors page for more details on courses for students ages 12 to 15 years old.

According to British Council regulations, students ages 16-17 years old are allowed to join either our Junior or Adult classes, provided they have parental permission.

Teenagers and young adults especially enjoy our Discover London course and International Summer Campus and our SCL Football Academy.

Individuals & Group Bookings

If you are booking as an individual student and you are at least 16 years old, then you can enrol on any of our courses (except Discover London and some Exam Prep courses).

If you are booking on behalf of a group, we can customise any of our courses according to your needs and academic goals.

For any booking enquiries, it's best to contact us so we can offer personalised advice and support.

We provide an impressive support network for all of our students. You'll take a level test prior to arrival to measure your English skills and ensure you're placed in the right course. Throughout your time with us, we will work with you to ensure you meet your academic and personal goals. Additionally, our accredited teachers are all native English speakers, and you have easy access to extra study materials in our libraries, free of charge.

In addition to this personalised attention, another reason why students make so much progress here is because we offer all-inclusive experience where you can live and learn under the same roof, meaning that you are in an English-speaking environment 24/7. This gives you ample opportunities to practice your English, get accustomed to different accents, and even learn subconsciously as you're chilling out watching English-speaking movies in our huge cinema or joining an impromptu game of pool with a new friend in one of our lounges.

If you come from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, then you will need a UK student visa to study on a course that lasts for longer than six months. We advise you to check the following UK government webpages for visa information:

  • https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-eu-student-information
  • https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk
  • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-from-1-january-2021

If you require a visa invitation letter, you will receive it after you send us your completed booking form and secured your booking with a 10% deposit. We issue visa invitation letters within 72 working hours of receiving your form and deposit.

As soon as you’ve paid your booking in full and finalised all your booking details (ideally 4 weeks prior to your arrival), we will send you the final confirmation documents.

If your visa application has been refused, it's important that you contact us immediately for further assistance. We require a copy of visa refusal letters to be received within 48 working hours from the moment you were notified by your embassy.

We do not require any insurance in order for you to enrol on our courses. However, we do provide this as an extra service if you would like our assistance in choosing the right insurance coverage when you study in London.

Yes! We have a rolling admissions policy, which means that classes begin every Monday. We teach all year round including on public holidays (known as Bank Holidays in the UK). The only time we don't hold classes is during the last two weeks of each year, but our buildings remain open during this time.

For special requests such as group bookings, we are happy to teach 362 days of the year (except on Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1).

our fees

Prices vary according to the course type, room reservation, and length of stay as well as any add-ons you might purchase when booking. For example, the price per person, per week for one of our English courses with on-site accommodation can range from approximately £450 to £650. It's best to contact us for the most accurate quote customised to your preferences.

When you study at SCL International College, you get plenty of value for money! All of our students receive the following perks for free with every booking:

  • On-site accommodation where every room is en-suite and has its own kitchenette.
  • Access to facilities at all campus locations, such as a gym, state-of-the-art cinema and disco.
  • Weekly social events including sports, karaoke, and games.
  • Discounts at over 25 places across London such as cafes, restaurants, clubs, salons, storage facilities and more.
  • All of your learning materials and access to our libraries plus high-speed WiFi throughout each building.

You can also purchase a variety of add-on options when you book or upon arrival at SCL International College, such as:

  • Meal plans offering any combination of breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Full day trips to Oxford, Brighton and more.
  • Afternoon excursions and tours around London.
  • Tickets to local attractions.
  • Private tutoring lessons.

We offer plenty of free perks when you book a course at SCL International College, however, please note that the official IELTS or Cambridge exam fee (approximately £200) is not included in our preparation course fee.

You can book the exam yourself at ielts.britishcouncil.org. Alternatively, a member of our Academic Team can help you to register for an additional fee of £35.

If you are interested in taking an exam, simply let us know in your booking enquiry and we will be happy to provide you with all the information you need to reserve a spot to take the exam in London as your course comes to an end.

When you book an English course at SCL International College, we include on-site accommodation in our pricing. All your bills are included such as council tax, electricity, gas, water, TV licenses, and Internet.

It's also possible to stay with us if you are not attending one of our courses. For example, many international and domestic students live at The Stay Club and attend one of London's many universities.

Prices for those students who are not attending one of our courses are based on the number of people per room, per week as follows:

  • Single occupancy: from £278
  • Double occupancy: from £361
  • Triple occupancy: from £428
  • Quadruple occupancy: £478

Please note, there is a summer supplement of £25 per student per week from mid-June till mid-August.

While each room has its own kitchenette, when you book accommodation at The Stay Club, you can also add on catering options for extra convenience such as:

  • Full board: £20 per day
  • Half-board: £14.20 per day
  • Breakfast only: £6.20 per day

Accommodation and catering options can vary depending on your booking needs. Please contact us for a customised quote.

Many people worry that London is an expensive city to live in. Not so! There's lots of ways you can live on a budget in the city. For example:

  • You'll save on travel because your English classes are in the same building as your accommodation. No daily commute means more time in your day and more money in your pocket!
  • Every room has its own kitchenette so you can go to nearby supermarkets or farmer's markets and cook any meal you like, any time.
  • We also have an on-site cafe in each of our four locations, offering quality food at reasonable prices in case you're after a quick meal or snack. Or, you can purchase a meal plan when you book with us including breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • There's plenty to keep you busy at all three SCL International College campuses! We run free social events regularly and you have access to our free, on-campus perks like a cinema, gym, pool tables, ping pong, terraces, a disco and more.
  • Everyone who stays at The Stay Club benefits from our partner discounts which help you save at over 25 places in London - from restaurants to salons to storage facilities.

Thanks to our all-inclusive price plans, once you've booked with SCL International College, you'll find that you won't need that much extra pocket money to live in London.

Visit our Blog for tips on how to make the most of your time in London!

accommodation & meals

Yes, each room comes with bed linen and towels free of charge.

Every room has its own en-suite bathroom and private fully equipped kitchenette including a fridge and freezer, microwave, cutlery, crockery, cup, mug, pot and pan.

Please note that toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, soap) are not provided.

Irons and iron boards are not provided in your room, however, these are provided free of charge in the laundry room of every building.

Yes! Your room can be cleaned weekly for a nominal extra fee.

We cater for all types of allergies and dietary requirements or preferences such as halal, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc. In order for us to make sure this is provided for you, we need to know of the allergy/dietary requirement in advance (i.e. when you book).

We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all meals can be packed.

Our dining times are:

  • Breakfast - 07:00 to 10:00 every day.
  • Lunch - 12:20 to 14:00. Hot lunch served Monday to Friday; packed lunch offered on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Dinner - 19:15 to 21:00 every day.

In certain cases if we are made aware beforehand, we can provide earlier meals.

Wondering which course is right for you?