The Meridian School of English's Portsmouth school is based in the prestigious Guildhall, which was built in 1890 in the neo-classical style designed by architect William Hill. The building was badly bombed in 1941, during World War II, leaving the interior damaged beyond repair. For more information check the school website.
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In 1959 the Guildhall was restored to its current structure to include a concert hall, café and beautifully decorated business lounge areas.

About Location

The school is on the 3rd floor (easily accessed by lift or stairs) of the building, which is located in the heart of Portsmouth close to cafés, bars and the Gunwharf Quay shopping centre.Portsmouth is an attractive South Coast seaside city 95 minutes from the city of London, which makes a trip to the capital easy for many students who want to experience the best of British culture, fashion and history (Charles dickens and Lord Nelson). Portsmouth is also a short ferry trip away from The Isle of Wight, home to beautiful sandy beaches, white cliffs and the world famous Cowes Sailing Week. Brighton and Bournemouth are approximately one and a half hours away by train.

Teaching Method

For more than 35 years Meridian School of English has been teaching English language courses to students from all over the world. The two schools are located by the sea and provide a range of standard and intensive English courses.Each of the schools provides an opportunity for adults to learn English whilst appreciating both the city and the beautiful surroundings. Whether you love the sea or the countryside you will be spoilt for choice! The school has been enriching the students’ language skills and learning experiences for over 35 years, so the school knows what makes a programme successful.Meridian School of English believes the best way to learn English is in a native speaking environment; in a way which helps students reach their full potential and realise their goals.The school keeps the classes small and of mixed nationality (unless otherwise stated) to ensure that the teachers can give their students the personal attention they need.The language school also understand that it’s not just about the teaching, but the overall experience of spending time in the UK, meeting people from other cultures and engaging in a complete social experience.

Preparation Programmes

English preparation programmes


classrooms equipped with technology to aid teaching and learninguse of interactive online activities during lessonsstudent recreational areaa space to relaxFREE use of WiFi and a computer areastudy roomquiet room24 hour welfare support


Business ClassStandard ClassFull BoardHalf BoardResidentialStudent accommodation offers a private room, with en-suite bathroom and shared kitchen facilities. Student residences also have access to WiFi, as well as social and recreational areas. This is a great way to experience English life with other foreign students.


Your stay with us won’t be just about learning English in the classroom. The school has prepared a range of activities to give you the opportunity of experiencing British culture, exploring the city you are studying in (and the surrounding areas) as well as having fun with other students from all over the world!Each week they run a range of social events many of which are free to all students. These include: Orientation walks, English conversation class, British culture afternoon with book discussion group, film club and seminars, social evenings in traditional English pubs, a chance to taste world cuisine in the popular, local restaurants, listening to live music, karaoke, challenging your classmates at bowling, pool and skittles or going shopping.If, however, you are looking for something a little bit more adventurous then they can organise a range of activities for groups and individuals such as sailing, surfing, hiking, canoeing, riding, football and rugby. For further details check out the events calendar on the school's website for more info.

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