The ELS Center Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC - ELS 
johnson wales charlotte campus

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Charlotte | Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus

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About This Center


ELS Charlotte is located on the Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, a medium-sized city and financial hub between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia. ELS Charlotte’s location in the walkable Uptown City Center means that fine dining, shopping, culture, and exciting sports events are only minutes away. The city is just two hours from the Appalachian Mountains and under four hours from Carolina beaches.

Gateway Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • U.S. National Whitewater Center: Enjoy rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip-lining in this tremendous training facility, complete with a man-made whitewater river.
  • Carowinds: This large theme park offers world-class rides, shows, rollercoasters, and attractions.
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway/The NASCAR Hall of Fame: The famous speedway hosts numerous exciting drag and trackraces throughout the year.

Charlotte | Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus

(704) 527-4172

  • Partner University
    • Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus
  • Housing Options
    • Student Residence (Off Campus)
    • Homestay
  • Center Facilities
    • Center is located in a newly renovated facility offering spacious classrooms and extensive natural lighting
    • Center is located on the host institution campus where ELS students can use the available facilities for free
    • Transit stop in front of the ELS building offers easy access to public transportation (buses) that operate throughout the Uptown City Center.
    • Bicycle rentals are available across the street from ELS.
  • City Environment
  • Downtown

Housing Options

Student Residence (Off Campus)

1420 Magnolia Apartments cater to young professionals and are secure and affordable.
Students share 2-bedroom apartments located approximately 25-30 minutes by public bus from the ELS Center. Each bedroom includes 2 (twin) beds, desk, chair, a dresser with mirror, and a spacious closet. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and furnished living room and dining areas. Linens, towels, bedspread, and pillows are also included. Students clean their own apartments during their stay. A housekeeper also cleans twice each session. Wireless internet access and basic cable TV service are provided, and utilities (water and electricity, heat and air conditioning) are included.
Each apartment has a full kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, stove with oven, toaster, coffeemaker, and microwave oven. Kitchens are fully equipped for students to prepare their own meals in their new "home away from home".
1420 Magnolia offers students free access to excellent facilities on-site that include an outdoor swimming pool (for seasonal use), a fitness center, a business center, an outdoor clubhouse for resident socials, a laundry center with coin-operated washers and dryers, and secured free parking (if needed). The apartment complex is a gated-community that has secured entry that requires a passcode.
1420 Magnolia is conveniently located near to many entertainment, social, and dining options. Within a 3-4 block walking distance, students will find more than 20 restaurants, ranging from fast food to casual dining, an 8-screen movie theater, 2 supermarkets, a bowling alley, 3 coffee houses, 3 banks, several taverns and sports bars, a pharmacy and more. There are several public bus stops nearby, one of which provides an easy ride to Uptown Charlotte and to to the ELS Center.

  • Cost per Session
  • $790
  • Occupancy
  • Double Deluxe
  • Meal Credits
  • No meals included. Students prepare meals in their apartments or can take meals in surrounding restaurants.


Living with an American host is one of the best ways for students to learn about American culture and improve their English abilities. ELS/Charlotte offers excellent homestays in safe residential neighborhoods. Students are placed with hosts who care about their students and want to help them to learn and practice English. Homes are located with access nearby to city bus stops that enable students to take public bus transportation to and from the ELS Center when the student purchases a bus pass. The typical travel time by public bus from homestay to the ELS Center is 25 - 40 minutes. Most bus passes provide unlimited travel by the week or by the month. This allows students to not only travel to and from ELS, but it allows them to explore Charlotte in their free time and enjoy many of the attractions that city has to offer.
Home types vary, but each ELS student will be assigned as a single and have a private bedroom in the home, though most often the bathroom is shared. There is often more than 1 ELS student assigned to a a home, but each student has a bedroom alone. All homes have heating and air conditioning as well as wireless internet service. Students also have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities in the home.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1100
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week. Breakfast is often a self-help breakfast and is typically continental-style. Meals on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) may be brunch (a combination of breakfast and lunch often eaten late morning) and dinner.

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