Our school in San Diego Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is a vibrant, seaside neighborhood of San Diego that’s popular among Californian surfers, college students and international tourists. PB (as the locals call it) is known for its amazing surf spots, thriving nightlife and mouthwatering seafood. CEL Pacific Beach is situated on Garnett Avenue, making it easy for students to head straight to the beach after class and enjoy local restaurants.

We have 10 modern classrooms, equipped with the latest technology such as TV’s and sound systems for easy audio-visual learning. Students are able to enjoy free Wi-Fi, air conditioning throughout the school and a student lounge with a TV. The school also has space for storing surf boards and bicycles, which is convenient for those interested in enjoying leisure activities like surfing and biking on the beach.

In order to achieve maximum academic success, classes are kept small with an average of 6 - 7 students and a maximum of 12 students per class. Our staff is comprised of experienced teachers who are eager to support students achieve mastery of the English language. Interactive methods of teaching engage students in the learning process to help them communicate effectively and with confidence. Our Student Services, Admissions & Housing teams are always available on site and happy to help students with any inquiries.

Our courses

Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
General English 30 - GE30 7 12 Yes Apply now
General English
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
General English 20 - GE20 7 12 No Apply now
General English 23 - GE23 7 12 No Apply now
General English 24 - GE24 7 12 Yes Apply now
Private Lessons  
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Private lessons 1 1 Apply now
English Plus Surfing 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
General English 20 & Surfing (20 + 4) 7 12 No Apply now
General English 24 & Surfing (24 + 4) 7 12 Yes Apply now
General English 30 & Surfing (30 + 4) 7 12 Yes Apply now


Finding your feet in a new environment, especially if you come from another country, is an extremely stressful and life-changing experience. It’s difficult enough having to juggle all your academic responsibilities, even without the need to find adequate accommodation all on your own. It makes little difference if you’ve chosen our San Diego location or you’ve decided to learn English in Los Angeles, CA. In order to achieve foreign language finesse, you need to find a place you can call your own.

That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to give you a range of housing options we have deemed suitable, and let you choose the perfect one for you. It doesn’t matter if you want to adopt American culture to the fullest by choosing a host family, or you’d prefer to share a residence or an apartment with international students that have become your friends. We’ve thought of everything, and there are plenty of options to choose from.

We make our choice of adequate accommodation for our students based on three principles – cleanliness, comfort, and convenience. And you can be sure all the places for you to choose from fit the bill perfectly.


from $290/week
One of our many guest families
  • Carefully selected families
  • Most families offer free Wi-Fi
  • Average distance 30-45 mins
Homestay Pacific Beach

Our activities

Pacific Beach – Southern California’s Surfer paradise

Pacific Beach is an iconic beach town in San Diego attracting college students and young adults living the California dream. Located between the neighborhood of Mission Bay and the sophisticated city of La Jolla, PB (as the locals call it) has multiple attractions for everyone to enjoy.

The center of all the excitement is on Garnet Avenue, which stretches perpendicular to the beach ending at the 3-mile Ocean Front boardwalk. One of the most notable attractions in this neighborhood is Crystal Pier, dotted with Cape Cod style cottages and shops overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Beach contains some of the best restaurants and nightlife in all of San Diego. You can easily find whatever type of food, bar, or club you are looking for. It is incredibly easy to travel around Pacific Beach by foot or bicycle. The boardwalk makes it very easy to travel from one end of Pacific Beach to the other very quickly.

And how could we forget about the surf? With nearly perfect year-round weather, you can test out your surfing skills any time whether you’re a newbie or pro!

Pacific Beach is known as one of the best surfing spots in California
Over 3 miles/5km of white sandy beach
Home to Californian surfers, college students and international tourists
Exciting and vibrant neighborhood
Great nightlife
Experience the "Southern Californian lifestyle"
Close to Los Angeles and Las Vegas
Amazing surf spots


CEL Pacific Beach
919 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

+1 858 412 6888

+1 619 810 4445


8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Course Prices

Average score: 4,70 / 5

No. evaluations: 349

I have been at CEL for 1 year. I highly recommend this school and experience to everyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are or if it is for a short or a long amount of time, each class is well structured based on different levels in order to make possible for each student to achieve or improve their English knowledge. The staff is always helpful and enables you to feel like home which is essential in a foreign country especially if you travel alone. Teachers are strongly qualified in doing their job. If your goal is learning English and enjoying the climate in California you should book an English course with CEL. P.S. The location of the CEL school in Pacific Beach is the cherry on the top!!!
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I'm Gustavo, I have been studying at CEL Pacific Beach for 3 months and I love CEL because here I feel like home with amazing friends and teachers. Here I have a lot of fun, I enjoy every single day, and of course I’m learning English a lot. CEL's location is perfect in Pacific Beach because you live near the beach and after school you can hang out with your friends and have a good time!
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Hi!It's Sophie, I have been living in San Diego for more than 4 months now. I began my journey at CEL in San Diego Downtown. I was so excited on the first day but all fears were gone pretty fast. The staff is super friendly, helpful and open minded. You can always talk to them. If there are any issues, they are willing to fix them. After one month I changed to CEL Pacific Beach, where I still am. The location is awesome!!! The beach is so close. All the people are so friendly and chill. Life is so slow but times flies so fast. I can highly recommend both schools, but for me Pacific Beach is the best!
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Great teachers, great staff, great courses and great location. Thanks to you guys I had a great summer in San Diego! Already looking forward to come back! Thanks for everything!
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I really like the teachers and all their different personalities. They have an amazing ability of making class interesting and taking care of each and every student's needs. The location of the school is amazing. It's close to everything. The nightlife at the bars, the beach and the ocean, lots of surfing, and the sun is shining almost everyday. The staff at the school are also very nice, friendly, and always welcoming if you come to them with any questions. I love it here.
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All of the teachers and staff are really kind and friendly. They always try to help students a lot. Each class has less than 10 students. You will be able to be close to your teacher and classmates. This situation helps your English ability better. And there are many kinds of school activities like beach activities, hiking, sports events and other trips. If you don't have any friends from the beginning, you don't need to worry about it. You can make many new friends easily through school activities. I'm sure you will have good quality classes and precious experiences with new friends coming all over the world!
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The CEL school in Santa Monica is great! All teachers were always very motivated and helpful. It was great to be in school for two months. I improved my speaking and writing a lot and it was always fun to be in class. Furthermore, the location is perfect to do a variety of activities. The beach is just a couple of minutes away and you have a lot of opportunities like playing volleyball, going shopping or just hanging out and enjoying the weather in LA. Thank you for the great time guys! I'll definitely come back :-)
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