The GSE School Residence
Gateway School of English GSE Residence student accommodation – your perfect home away from home in Malta right next to your school!
Thanks to the Gateway School of English Residence, students wishing to live close to Gateway School of English are guaranteed excellent service, speed of access to the school (less than 30 metres and only 3 minutes from bedroom to classroom!) and the relaxation that comes with not needing to plan your means of travel to and from your place of study.
If you want:
fully air-conditioned bedrooms (heating in winter & cooling in summer)
the luxury of living right next to your school/classroom (3 minutes’ walk away!)
free Wi-Fi access all over
a clean and peaceful area that is still minutes away from the main tourist resort
buffet breakfast and a choice of six different dishes for lunch (freshly prepared everyday)
living in an international environment and interacting with people from all over the world (great English practice!)
… the Gateway School of English Residence is definitely for you! Read on (below) to find out more or read our blog post regarding the GSE Residence Daily Weekday Timeline.
Virtual Tour of GSE Residence
Address of the school residence:
Gateway School of English Residence
no.1, Bosfru Street
San Gwann SGN1953 (St Julian’s)
Very conveniently, the school and the residence are situated within easy walking distance of the island’s most popular tourist resort, nearest beach and top recreational/shopping centre (with plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants): Spinola Bay in the city of St Julian’s, which is only 12 minutes away on foot (walking distance). In addition, Valletta, Malta’s capital city, is less than half an hour away by bus from where our students learn and live. These can all be reached very easily thanks to the easy access to the public transport network, with bus stop ‘Baltiku’ (bus number 120) only 2 minutes on foot from the school and the residence. There is also a direct bus (number 22) to Valletta and bus stop ‘Anard’ is only 5 minutes on foot from the school and accommodation.
Both the school and residence are located in an upmarket villa area in St Julian’s, which is well-known for its beautiful houses and quiet environs. The surrounding environment provides the right atmosphere for our students to comfortably focus on their studies without noise and distraction, and yet remains within easy reach of the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle in the downtown part of St Julian’s (minutes away on foot).
Address of the school residence: Gateway School of English GSE Residence, no.1, Bosfru Street , San Gwann (St Julian’s). SGN1953, Malta
Street views of Gateway School of English and the adjacent GSE School Residence:
Views from the school’s rooftop:
Adjacent to the school, the school residence provides a clean, comfortable and modern home for those students at GSE who choose to live as close as possible to the school, with just a 3-minute walk from bedroom to classroom, and in the peace and quiet that is possible in a residence reserved exclusively for adults and families (any minors must always be accompanied by their parents/guardians and are never unattended).
The building itself is a fully detached, three-floor structure made out of local Maltese limestone and has 22 oak-furnished bedrooms (6 double rooms, 12 triple rooms and 4 quadruple rooms), and 8 bathrooms. A big bonus is that, unlike in most other places of accommodation (including host families), all bedrooms are fully air-conditioned all the year round (therefore allowing both heating and cooling). Students have their own desk, chair, wardrobe and locker. Bed linen is changed once a week and towels twice a week. Single rooms are available in the low season (winter/autumn/spring) and high season (summer) at an extra supplement. Common areas include 4 TV rooms, outdoor recreational patios and the in-house canteen in which breakfast and lunch are served. Free Wi-Fi is accessible all over the building.
Accommodation is available on half board basis and includes breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served daily in the canteen between 8:00 hrs and 9:00 hrs, while lunch is served in the canteen from Monday to Friday (schooldays only) between 12:15 hrs and 13:15 hrs. On Saturdays and Sundays, only breakfast is served.
- Breakfast is a buffet and consists of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, toasted bread, jam, butter, ham, salami & cheese, choice of cereals, tea/coffee, choice of cakes and free flow of orange juice and water.
- Lunch is a three-course meal comprising freshly prepared soup, a choice of six different dishes (meat/chicken/fish, cold salads, pasta, baked potatoes or chips etc.), and a sweet dessert or seasonal fruit.
It is therefore not self-catering and does not include facilities such as kitchenettes, related kitchen equipment (for example microwaves), or self-service launderettes (washing machines, tumble dryers etc.), as an alternative laundry service is provided by the residence staff. There are, however, kettles and fridges available for use in the TV rooms, where a few items of food and groceries can be kept if students decide to buy some snacks or drinks. For those who enjoy going out for dinner in the evenings, or who might want to order a takeaway delivery every now and then, there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops nearby to choose from.
See this video to get a better idea of what lunchtime looks like in our canteen:
Virtual Tour of GSE Residence canteen
Residence Amenities & Facilities
- On your first day you will be given two keys: one for the room and one for your personal locker. If these are lost, a €20 charge will apply, as locks will have to be changed for security reasons.
- Personal desk, chair, wardrobe and locker per person
- Desk lamps can be provided on request
- Canteen for breakfast and lunch (ground floor)
- Fridge in every TV room where students can keep some snacks and perishable goods for short-term use
- Cold / soft drinks vending machine (Side A, ground floor, outside below the stairs, same street as school)
- Laundry service at reasonable prices (€1 per item of clothing and 30c per item of underwear), however long-stay students (staying for 4 weeks or longer) can benefit from discounts (please ask at the school office)
- TV lounges with satellite TV (access to BBC, Sky News, CNN etc);
- Free Wi-Fi access (on every floor)
- Adapters can be provided at cheap prices
- Patio with tables and chairs for outdoor relaxation and socialisation
Cleaning at GSE Residence
The entire residence, including all bedrooms and bathrooms, is cleaned on a daily basis from Monday to Sunday (floors are washed and bins emptied everyday).
Bed linen is changed every weekend.
Towels are changed once a week but can be changed more regularly upon request (maximum once every two days); just ask a staff member whenever you would like a fresh towel.
The Gateway School of English Residence Dos & Don’ts Guidelines
- Mingle with your roommates and other students using English.
- Use the TVs in the lounge areas and watch the English channels available to practise your listening (e.g. BBC, Sky News, CNN…).
- Keep your bedroom and the bathrooms clean and tidy.
- Pay for any damages you cause.
- Inform the canteen staff about any special dietary requirements you may have if you did not do so before your arrival when booking your accommodation.
- Be punctual for mealtimes and let the canteen staff know if you are missing a meal.
- Tell the cleaning staff when or how often you would like to change your towel (maximum once every two days). Bed linen is changed every weekend.
- Lock yourself up in your room for too long. You should go out and about with other students to discover Malta and practise speaking English!
- Disturb public peace, especially at night. This means that there should be no loud music, shouting or partying in or outside the rooms. Any sort of disruptive, violent or indecent behaviour will be punished and can lead to expulsion.
- Smoke indoors. Ashtrays are provided on the tables on the patio outside.
- Drink alcohol on the premises. Alcohol consumption at the residence is strictly prohibited.
- Lose your keys. A €20 charge will apply if keys are lost as locks must be changed for security reasons.
- Litter in the common areas. Use the bins in your rooms.
- Leave your clothes lying around as the cleaning staff will not be able to clean your room properly. Use the wardrobes.
- Wash clothes in the bathrooms. Laundry services are provided at reasonable prices (€1 per item of clothing and 30c per item of underwear. Discounts apply for long-stay students staying for 4 weeks or longer; enquire at the school office).
- Take bath towels or bed linen out of the residence.
- Move furniture around. Ask for a member of staff to help you.
- Slam any doors.
- Leave doors or windows open while the air-conditioner is on.
- Leave air-conditioners on while you are away. They will be disconnected.
- Waste water or electricity.
- Rest your feet against the walls as this can leave permanent stains.
- Hang clothes or towels out in the common areas as this looks unsightly.
- Drape wet fabrics on wooden furniture as this can damage the wood.
- Leave your luggage on the desk or bed.