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 8 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 10 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

General English
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Intensive (20 lessons/week) 7 10 No Apply now
Intensive Plus (24 lessons/week) 7 10 Yes Apply now
Cambridge Exam Preparation 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Cambridge FCE (20 lessons/week) 6 10 No Apply now
Super Cambridge FCE (30 lessons/week) 6 10 Yes Apply now
Cambridge CAE (20 lessons/week) 6 10 No Apply now
Super Cambridge CAE (30 lessons/week) 6 10 Yes Apply now
Private Lessons  
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
Private lessons 1 1 Apply now
English & Surfing 
Course Avg. students/class Max. students/class F1 needed Registration
English & Surfing (2 afternoons Surfing) Apply now

Our accommodations – Your home away from home

Finding the right accommodation in a foreign country can be stressful and we understand that feeling at home is a crucial part of your study abroad experience.

Whether you are looking to embrace American culture by staying with a host family, or prefer to live with other international students at a residence or shared apartment, CEL has compiled an array of options that fit all budgets.

Each accommodation has been pre-screened and carefully selected based on its comfort, cleanliness and convenient location.


from $280/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. Traveling around PB by foot or bike is quite popular since everything is located relatively near. 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)

Average score: 4,38 / 5

No. evaluations: 137

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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