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Arrival Information - Houston TX

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Tel: 1(713) 331-7690
E-mail: hou@ELS.edu

How do I arrange for Airport Pickup?

The ELS Central Admissions Department arranges the airport transfer, but the Counselor will need to provide important information about the student.

Please follow the following 2 steps:

Step 1: 

Please have the following information regarding your student:

  • Student name (ELS ID number is also requested - if known)
  • ELS Center location to attend
  • Airline name (for arrival into the final destination)
  • Flight number and airport name (or code)
  • Port of Entry into the USA (if different from final destination)
  • Anticipated time of arrival and date

Step 2: 

After collecting all of the information from Step 1, please email these details to your ELS Central Admissions Advisor.

  • ELS/Houston is an "A" Center


Area Airports: Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
Distance to ELS: 45/35 minutes (Bus/Car)

Airport Pickup Service Details

  William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
APU Price:
$180 $180
Uptown Car Service
Uptown Car Service
Pickup Location:    
Baggage claim Exit terminal at Taxi-Limousine Exit
No international flights available After clearing customs in Terminal E

The full name of the airport is: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport

The driver will hold a sign/iPad with the student's name on it.

For international arrivals at IAH: The student must exit the terminal at the "Taxi-Limousine Exit" where he/she will be met by the driver. Please ask the student to look for the driver, who will hold a sign or piece of paper with the student's name on it.

Other Transportation from Airport

Taxis from Houston Intercontinental (IAH) should cost approximately $65 and will take about 45 minutes. Taxis from Houston Hobby (HOU) - the closest airport - will cost under $40 and will take about 30 minutes.

Housing Check-in & Check-out

  Check-in Time Check-out Time
Homestays in the area
8:00am - 10:00pm Sunday before session start date 8:00am - 1:00pm Saturday after session end date
Check-in: Students go directly to homestay address. Homestay students should notify their homestay hosts or ELS of their arrival times so that the hosts will know to be home when the students arrive.
Check-out: Students will arrange their check out with their homestay host and the homestay coordinator. Rooms should be left clean and tidy. There will be deductions from the key/damage deposit for lost keys, damages or leaving the bedroom messy. the homestay coordinator will refund the key/damage deposit in cash less and deductions.
Kimpton Apartments
(Student Residence (off campus))
12:00pm - 5:00pm Sunday before session start date 8:00am - 1:00pm Saturday after session end date
Check-in: Students with confirmed housing at Kimpton Apartments must provide the Center with a time of arrival in order to have a guarantee check-in. Students must contact Burak Irez, Resident Assistant, in order to schedule a check-in time. Phone: 713-360-9190 E-mail: burak@houstonupscalerentals.com

Center Registration

On the first day (Monday) of registration and orientation: All new students should arrive to the center at 8:15 am to register for classes, and attend orientation. Students will be emailed a link to the Placement Test prior to arrival.

If a holiday falls on a first Monday, ELS Centers will be open only to register newly arriving students.

What to Bring

  • Passport
  • A copy of I-20 Form
  • Funds to pay all remaining fees at ELS
  • Proof of medical insurance (if not purchased through ELS)

Immunization Requirements


Emergency Contact Information

ELS Toll Free #: 1-877-479-5863 (Sunday arrival use only)

Arrival on NON-Standard Date

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