Santa Monica, California, United States

Santa Monica

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About This Center


ELS Santa Monica is located in downtown Santa Monica, next to the artists, theaters, shops, and open-air restaurants of the Santa Monica Promenade. The city is famous for its palm tree-lined walkways, breathtaking sunsets, mild climate, and friendly atmosphere. Visit the famous Santa Monica Pier, or enjoy outdoor sports like surfing, skateboarding, biking, and swimming.

This Center is now proud to offer our latest vacation English program, ELS LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE+, starting January 2018, where you’ll gain more than just English language proficiency – you’ll gain an invaluable cultural experience as well. You can customize your learning experience to fit your needs. For more detailed information, visit our Vacation English Programs page

1315 Third Street, Santa Monica, California, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • Santa Monica Pier: This wooden wharf is home to eateries, shops, an indoor merry-go-round, an arcade, a roller coaster, and a giant Ferris wheel.
  • Santa Monica Bike Path: Ride your bicycle from Santa Monica into Venice Beach and Marina del Rey.
  • Third Street Promenade: Stroll along these pedestrian-only city blocks of retail stores, entertainment, dining, and commercial and residential space.

Santa Monica


  • Housing Options
    • Homestay
    • Student Residence
  • Center Facilities
    • Center located on famous Third Street Promenade and two blocks from Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Ocean
    • Big Blue Bus and Expo Line provides public transportation to all nearby attractions and West Los Angeles communities
    • Library 4 blocks from Center with study rooms and beautiful outdoor area
    • Beach volleyball
    • World-class skatepark 3 miles from Center in Venice Beach
    • World-class surfing within minutes of Center before and after classes
  • City Environment
  • Urban

Housing Options


Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most homestays are located within 30-45 minutes of the center. In summer months this may increase to an hour commute due to beach traffic. Most students commute to ELS by bus, although there are a few families within walking distance.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1200
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week

Student Residence

Coed hostel with males & females in separate rooms. ELS students share hostel with Americans and other foreign visitors. Shared quadruple rooms in private student hostel. Shared central bathrooms (1 per floor). Community kitchen, lounge and internet kiosks. Linens are included. Self-service laundry machines are available in the Hostel (small fee).

Security: There is a front desk with security open 24 hours per day.

There are no resident assistants. The Hostel accommodates tourists as well as students. While every effort is made to put ELS students only in our quads, there is a possibility that a student will have to temporarily share a room with a tourist.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1540
  • Occupancy
  • Quadruple
  • Meal Credits
  • 7 meals per week

Student Residence

Please note: Due to the cancellation policy of Barrington Plaza, payment in full is required for any reserved session. Any cancellation within 28 days of the reserved session results in forfeiture of the payment for that session.

Barrington Plaza is located in Brentwood, an attractive and safe neighborhood within a 5 minute walk to nearby shops and restaurants. It is also a 25-30 minute bus ride to the famous Beverly Hills neighborhood where students could shop and dine with celebrities.

Barrington Plaza offers shared (double) bedrooms in a fully furnished two bedroom two bathroom apartment. The apartment includes utilities, high speed internet, air-conditioning, heater, cable television and a bi-weekly cleaning service. Bedrooms include two twin-sized beds, two study desks, chairs, lamp, pillows, sheets, and towels. The kitchen includes a stove, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, plates, cups, utensils, cooking equipment, iron, ironing table, and cleaning equipment.

When a bedroom is shared, students are usually paired with another student from a different country. Each apartment is designated as either male or female student apartments.

Barrington Plaza offers the following advantages:

  • Located in a safe residential neighborhood just 5.5 KM from ELS
  • 24/7 Building Security
  • Front Desk service
  • Big Blue Bus to ELS and anywhere in Santa Monica or Los Angeles
  • Walking distance to local shops, restaurants, grocery stores & entertainment venues
  • Shared living room with TV
  • Wireless internet
  • Shared dining room
  • Shared fully equipped kitchen
  • Large patios in each apartment
  • Bi-weekly cleaning
  • Tennis courts
  • Laundry room
  • Fitness center
  • Heated Olympic-sized swimming pool


  • Cost per Session
  • $1340
  • Occupancy
  • Double
  • Meal Credits
  • Not included, but students may cook in the communal and well-equipped kitchen, or eat at the nearby restaurants that are within walking distance of Barrington Plaza.

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