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Byron Bay English Language School (BBELS)

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
The Byron Bay English Language School (BBELS) opened in 1998 with the aim of providing high quality English Language tuition in a beautiful and natural environment and to compliment this educational experience with a range of activity options.

Preparation Courses



BBELS has helped thousands of students from many countries to improve their English skills. We are very proud of the high quality of our academic and support services.


Housing services

We offer students the chance to live with other BBELS students in furnished apartments and houses in Byron Bay. All houses are within 10 minutes bike ride to the school with most located at a maximum of 15 minutes walk.

  • Standard single, twin/double rooms (some with private bathroom).
  • Shared bathroom, laundry (free use) and kitchen facilities.
  • Bed linen and all costs are included. Bath towels not included.
  • High Speed Wi-Fi in all houses – free internet without download limit.
  • Location is less than 10 minutes bicycle ride to school/town.
  • Student houses are only for BBELS students of 18 years of age and over.
  • Bookings are only available on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday

ICT services

Our school has 22 desktop computers plus a free high speed WiFi service for students.

Students can enjoy the internet to their own personal laptop computers and phones. Computers are used in some classroom/self access activities as well as for students’ personal need to communicate with family and friends back at home.

Student Life

Campus life

The school campus is located in the central part of Byron Bay, 2 minutes walk from the bus stop. We occupy a two storey building in Jonson Lane. Access is also available from Carlyle Street. LaneWay Cafe and some accommodation are also part of our school premises. Outside the ground floor classrooms there is a sheltered outdoor garden area for students to relax, eat lunch and enjoy conversations with other students. The first floor includes 8 classrooms, an indoor common area, a semi commercial kitchen, some dormitory accommodation and two balcony areas.

Student clubs

We have a dedicated activities service for our students.  Every month we publish our Activity Schedule to outline the activities and excursions (free and paid) that are provided each day of the week. Additionally there are other activities published each week – new ones – that were not published on the monthly schedule.


Our full time courses are listed on the Australian Government’s  Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).  BBELS is a authorised Cambridge Exam centre and is fully accredited with the following organisations: 

  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • IALC – International Association of Language centres
  • NEAS – Quality assurance for English Language schools in Australia

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia