Student Life in Limassol, Cyprus
There are very few English language destinations with a British heritage that can guarantee more than 300 days of sunshine a year; this is one of them!
You will not only benefit from improving your English skills, but there is also plenty of free time after class to soak up the sun, discover the historically rich culture, visit ancient archeological sites as well as contemporary state-of-the-art locations.
Savour the local or International cuisine, enjoy the traditional or cosmopolitan nightlife and simply get the most out of this popular beach resort which has so much going on all the time.
Learning English in Limassol as well as studying in a modern language school you will have so many opportunities to meet new people and make friends from all over the world, whilst exploring Cyprus and having fun.
During the social programme at Oscars International, you can practise your English out of class, whilst making friends and enjoying your time abroad. A flexible, weekly social programme is designed for individual students and families with options for free and discounted activities. A tailored social programme for groups allows students to focus on what they are interested in the most; enriching their stay with engaging classes and day-to-day afternoon, evening or full-day activities.
Getting to the Centre of Limassol and Accommodation
Once you know your travel details, it’s time to decide how you will travel to Cyprus and Limassol. Most of our students arrive at Larnaca or Paphos airports, book an airport transfer or travel by bus or taxi. Oscars transfer service operates 24 hours, seven days a week. This is a personalised service that takes you from the airport to your accommodation. Our drivers will carry an Oscars sign with your name on it.
Our Drivers will meet you at the ARRIVALS MEETING POINT and will wait for up to 1 hour after the arrival of your flight.
Taxis: If you have not booked transport with Oscars, please make sure that you go in a licensed taxi or mini-cab.
Both airports in Cyprus have good transport links.
Airport transfers to and from Larnaca International Airport are offered by:
- Kapnos Airport Shuttle (to/from Nicosia)
- Intercity buses (to/from Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa and Protaras)
- Limassol Airport Express (to/from Larnaca, Limassol)
Airport transfers to and from Paphos International Airport are offered by:
- Limassol Airport Express
- Paphos City Buses
Driving in Cyprus
Like in the UK, in Cyprus, you drive on the left-hand side of the road and because of the influence of the UK in Cyprus, many of the road signs are similar, as are the traffic lights system. Driving is the easiest way to get around Cyprus. Road conditions are good and distances are short – it is less than 160 km (100 miles) from Paphos to Nicosia.
Distances and speed limits are in kilometres – 100 kmph (60 mph) on motorways, 80 kmph (50 mph) on most other roads, and 50 kmph (30 mph) in built-up areas. There are roundabouts (traffic islands) at certain intersections; the right of way goes to drivers approaching from the right.
Finding your way to the major historic sites is easy by following the road signs. The difficult part is getting around the narrow streets in small towns where there are no signs.
It is important to note that there are many instances where places are spelt two different ways. For example, you will find the capital city spelt as Nicosia or as Lefkosia.
These are some other examples of names you might find spelt differently on a map and on a road sign but refer to exactly the same place:
- Nicosia – Lefkosia
- Limassol – Lemesos
- Larnaca – Larnaka
- Paphos – Pafos
- Agia Napa – Ayia Napa
As in most countries, seatbelt use is mandatory, young children may not occupy the front seat of a car, using mobile phones while driving is forbidden and the drunk-driving law is strict with random checks done by the police regularly especially late in the evening.
Climate and what to pack
Cyprus is known as the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, four distinct seasons and a mild climate, it is an ideal year-round destination. Every year, just over 3 million tourists choose Cyprus for their vacation and many Europeans invest in second homes near the beautiful beaches, in traditional rustic villages on the outskirts of towns or in the mountains of Cyprus.
Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October. The winters are mild and sometimes rainy, lasting from December to February. Short autumn and spring seasons fall in between.
Cyprus offers a remarkably diverse natural environment for such a small country. In the same month or even same day, you can visit snow-tipped pine forests in the Troodos Mountains, drive through fields of olive trees and relax by the clear blue Mediterranean Sea.
We recommend that you buy a Cyprus SIM CARD. They are very cheap and you can buy a SIM card at the airport, most kiosks/mini supermarkets and from CYTA offices in major towns.
December – February
Weather: This period is considered winter-time for Cypriots, but autumn weather for some visitors. Winter is the rainiest season, although sunshine is plentiful during these months as well. Average temperatures range from 5 °C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F).
What to pack: Winter clothing is recommended preferably layered as it can get quite warm when the sun is shining.
What to do: Outdoor activities and excursions can be enjoyed. February is known as the best month for skiing in the Troodos Mountains.
Weather: Spring begins in March. Average temperatures range from 7 °C to 19 °C (44 °F to 66 °F).
What to pack: Light winter clothes with medium-weight wear are recommended.
What to do: March is an excellent month for long country walks and cycling.
April – May
Weather: The temperature warms up during these months, ranging from 10 °C to 29 °C (50 °F to 84 °F). Average temperatures tend to fall a bit at night.
What to pack: Medium-weight and summer clothing is recommended.
What to do: The countryside is at its greenest and the flowers are blossoming at this time, making April and May the best months for those who enjoy nature and spending quality time outdoors.
June – August
Weather: These are the warmest months of the year, ideal for swimming and all beach activities and water sports. Average temperatures range from 18 °C to 40 °C (64 °F to 104 °F).
What to pack: Very light-weight cotton summer clothing is recommended, sandals, as well as, sunglasses, plenty of sun cream and a hat. If you are planning to spend time exploring the mountainous interior, bear in mind that the temperature can drop considerably. In this case, it is recommended to pack a warm sweater.
What to do: Sunbathe, swim, practise water sports or go hiking in the mountains where it is cooler.
September – October
Weather: During these months Cyprus has hot and warm days, with cool October evenings. Average temperatures range from 18 °C to 33 °C (64 °F to 91 °F).
What to pack: Light-weight layered clothing is recommended for the day and medium-weight clothing (light jacket) for the evenings in October.
What to do: Swimming and water sports are still available during these months.
Weather: During the day, the temperature in November is usually warm and sunny with average temperatures ranging from 10 °C to 22 °C (55 °F to 71 °F)
What to pack: Light-weight clothing for the day, but as temperatures drop at night, warmer clothes or jackets are needed.
What to do: This autumn month is ideal for picnics and outdoor sports during the day.