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EC Brighton Pre-Arrival to First Day

School Number

+44 (0) 12 7369 4618 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 5:30pm)

Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+44 (0) 77 1445 9205  *If line is busy, please try again


EC Brighton, Dolphin House, 2-5 Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF, UK


EC Online
What is EC Online? 
EC Online is a personalized study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. Please see: Pre-arrival instructions.

When can I access EC Online? 
You will have access to EC Online as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here:

What can I do with EC Online? 
  • Complete your placement test  
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey
  • Access a bank of study materials to start learning before you even leave home


Arrival at Airport
I want an EC airport transfer, can I arrive at any time? 
If you have booked accommodation with EC you must arrive at the airport between 08:00 and 20:00. Late/early arrivals may be asked to book alternative accommodation

What information do I need to give to book an airport transfer? 
Please provide your flight number, arrival time, terminal and airport of origin – minimum 2 weeks in advance 

Who will I meet at the airport? 
You will meet an EC transportation representative holding an EC Brighton sign in the arrivals hall

What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?
If after 10 minutes you cannot see the EC representative, just call +44 (0)7714 459205 (from the information desk or a mobile phone). (Useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456). I cannot find my EC representative. I am at the information desk.)
What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed? 
You should notify EC by calling +44 (0)7714 459205 (from the information desk or a mobile phone) to rearrange your transfer time and avoid additional cost. (Useful phrase to use: My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456) and my flight has been changed. My new flight number is (1234) arriving at (time). 
What should I do if I haven’t booked an EC transfer?
You can either take a train from London Gatwick to Brighton from 5.00am until 1.00am, or the National Express Coach. From London Heathrow you can take a tube from 6.00am until 11.30pm to Green Park and then change to the Victoria Line and take a tube to Victoria where you can catch a Train to Brighton (last train at 1.00am), or take National Express Coach from London Heathrow to Brighton. Please click on the links for information on prices.

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
You will receive a warm, personal welcome, whether you have booked home stay or residence. All our hosts are fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day of lessons. In our residences, an EC representative will be available at the weekend to help and answer any questions. 

First Sunday Activities

What should I do on the Sunday before school starts? 
You will have the option of participating in activities arranged by EC. This is an opportunity to meet other new EC students, relax and be introduced to your new city together. With an EC staff member on hand, you can also ask any questions you may have. We will notify you of the Sunday activity schedule around 2 weeks before you start school.

Your First Day at School

How can I find my way to school?
You can find this information on your EC Accommodation Profile, or feel free to ask your homestay host or residence. 

What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
You can take a Brighton & Hove bus to the Old Steine – all buses stop here. Please click the link for information on prices.

What time should I arrive?

What should I bring with me? 
• Visa and passport
• Your credit card to pay a deposit if you have booked an EC Residence

What can I expect on my first day? 
You’ll experience the best possible welcome into the EC family on your first day. Enjoy undivided staff attention in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Here’s what your first day will include:

• Detailed schedule of the day
• Orientation talk
• The remainder of your placement test (speaking and writing)
• ‘How We Learn’ – Session on how you’ll succeed with EC, including our teaching styles and methods
• ‘Living in our City’ – Session on local sights and useful information about the area
• Welcome tour of the school
• Welcome activity Your first day will end at around 5.30pm

What will my timetable be?
You will receive your timetable at school at 2:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on public holidays? 
Schools do not open on public holidays, so if Monday is a public holiday, your first day at the school will be on Tuesday. Public holidays are listed below:

2021 Public Holidays on a weekday:  02 April, 05 April, 03 May, 31 May 30 August, 27 December and 28 December 
2022 Public Holidays on a weekday: 03 Jan, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 02 May, 02 Jun, 03 June, 29 Aug, 26 Dec, 27 Dec


What do I do if public transportation is temporarily unavailable?  
In case of bad weather, public transport strikes etc, please check the EC Brighton Facebook page for any important updates or call the emergency number.