English school in
San Diego USA Embassy English USA

One of the best things about studying at our English school in San Diego is waking up every morning and seeing yet another blue-sky day.

Why you’ll love Embassy San Diego

We’re right in the centre, just minutes from the Gaslamp quarter and some great shopping . (Arguably, the best location in the city for exploring.)

Enjoy the cafés and the incredible beaches only a short distance from our school.  Our modern school not only has great views but some fantastic facilities including bright, modern classrooms, a sunny patio and cozy student lounge.  Making progress is easy when you’re learning in the right environment with the support and encouragement of our qualified teachers.

When in San Diego…
Go whale watching (December-March)

Facilities and highlights

  • WiFi-enabled
  • IT suite
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Activities
  • University application counselling
  • Excellent transport links
  • Sunny patio
  • Close to the beach
San Diego student residence
Embassy Homestay - enjoy you own study bedroom with bed, desk, lamp chair and clothes storage
*Although you may not stay in the accommodation pictured, you will stay in accommodation of a very similar quality.

Student Residence (18 years+)

Have fun sharing a residence with other international students

Distance from school

5-10 minutes on foot

Meals provided



Single and shared with private/shared bathrooms; single studios with private bathroom and small kitchen also available (age 18+)

Other Facilities

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Homestay (live with a host family)

Live with an English-speaking host and practise your English every day!

Distance from school

Up to 60 minutes by public transport

Meals provided

14 per week (breakfast and evening meal)


Single and shared rooms

Homestay breakfast only

Live with an English speaking host (breakfast only)

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Beautiful clear blue skies above in San Diego City and Marina

Local facilities

Nearest bus stop: 1 minute walk
Nearest trolley stop: around the corner
Nearest shopping centre: across the street
Nearest park: 15 minutes' walk
Nearest post office: 2 minute walk
Nearest church: 20 minutes' walk
Nearest mosque: 15 minute car ride
Nearest newsagent: 3 minutes' walk
Nearest restaurant: across the street
Nearest coffee shop: across the street/on-site
Nearest supermarket: 15 minutes' walk
Nearest cinema: 10 minutes' walk
Nearest bookshop: 10 minutes' walk
Nearest shopping centre: across the street
Nearest bike hire: 5 minutes' walk
Nearest beach: 30-45 minutes by bus

Travelling around the city

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) in San Diego operates trolleys on 3 lines (Blue, Orange and Green) and travels across 51 miles with a total of 53 stations. There are also 100 bus routes.

Fountains in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego USA The Botanical Building in Balboa Park  

Cost of Living

We currently advise that students should budget approximately US $350 per week. This will cover all basic transport, food and entertainment costs. (Last updated April 2013)

Sample prices (all in US $):

Item Price in US $
A cup of coffee (in a chain like Starbucks) 2.00
Can of Coca Cola 2.00
Big Mac 5.00
Three course meal in a reasonably priced restaurant 30.00
Takeaway, e.g. from a noodle bar 10.00
Cinema ticket 13.00
Nightclub entrance 20.00 upwards
Bus day pass 5.00, monthly pass 72.00 (36.00 for under 18s)
Taxi 2.50 per mile; 10.00 to the airport

Popular trips from San Diego:

  • Disneyland
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas & Grand Canyon
  • Universal Studios
  • Whale Watching

No two weeks are ever the same, but here's an idea of what to expect:

  • Walking tour Old Town San Diego – a Mexican fiesta
  • Taco Tuesdays
  • Soccer, Bowling, Baseball, Swimming
  • Coronado Island
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Harbour Cruise
  • City Tour by bus
  • Clubs (21 and over)
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World
  • Museum/Art Galleries Balboa Park
  • Snorkeling in La Jolla Cove
Whale watching La Jolia Cove - San Diego Shopping in Los Angeles Movie Studios in Los Angeles Note: Actual activities may vary on arrival All activities and trips are optional and some will have a cost attached.

Finding our school

Take the orange trolley line to the Civic Center station. Exit and walk less than 1 minute to 1010 2nd Ave. By bus head towards downtown San Diego and exit on 4th and B Street. Walk for approximately 3 minutes to 1010 2nd Ave. (Press 22 in the lift, and go up to the 22nd floor.)

Centre Director

Bill Hellriegel


Embassy San Diego Study Centre
1010 2nd Avenue, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel. +1 619 235 9222

School accreditation

See Awards and accreditation


Accessible to students with visual impairment, hearing impairment and wheelchairs.

Student lounge

Cozy student common room with vending machines in the hallway

For enquiries and bookings, call:

+1 857 362-8976

Highly rated by our students for city experience

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