Cranfield University offers a peaceful location in the English countryside, allowing you to focus on your studies, yet is only a short distance from many exciting cities and towns.

Life at Cranfield

Cranfield campus is set in extensive grounds with:

  • its own airport
  • two hotels with full accommodation and conference and banqueting facilities
  • sports and recreation facilities
  • student accommodation options comprising family homes and single student apartment blocks
  • an adjoining Technology Park housing several entrepreneurial businesses.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield School of Management and the School of Water, Energy and Environment are located on the Cranfield campus.

There is also an extensive range of unique, industrial-scale facilities for research.

Our on-campus nurseries and pre-school offer the very best for young minds - both have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted on two occasions.

All campus amenities – including bars, shops, a post office, sports hall, bank and bookshop – are within walking distance.  Excellent leisure and shopping facilities can be found in Milton Keynes and the historic town of Bedford, just a short drive away.

Whatever your recreational, social or sporting interests, the wide range of opportunities in and around Cranfield University are sure to offer something for everyone.


The cost of accommodation will depend on where you live and the type of accommodation you choose.

On campus

For those studying full-time courses at the Cranfield campus, University managed accommodation is located on campus and is very popular. Fees for single student accommodation on campus include all utilities bills, such as heating and electricity

Off campus

The cost of living off campus will depend on the type of accommodation you choose and how far you travel to the University each day. If you live off campus, you must check whether the cost of heating, electricity and water are included in your rent, or whether you need to pay these separately.

Couples and families

If you choose to bring your partner or your children with you, you should expect that your accommodation costs will be higher than those of a single person.

In the Cranfield area you should expect to pay between £650 and £800 per month to rent a two bedroom property. For a three bedroom property, rental fees are in the region of £700 to £1000 per month.

If your course is being held at the Shrivenham campus and you plan to bring your family, you will need to secure suitable private accommodation. For a two bedroom property, you should expect to pay between £500 to £700 per month in rental fees and £650 to £950 per month for a three bedroom property.




One of your main weekly costs will be for your food; how much you spend will depend on your dietary requirements and tastes.

For those based at the Cranfield campus there is a small shop located on campus and large supermarkets in Milton Keynes and Bedford.

If you will be studying at the Shrivenham campus there are supermarkets located a short distance from the campus in the villages of Shrivenham and Watchfield, and in the town of Swindon.

We estimate a single person will spend in the region of £40-£50 per week on food.


If you will be travelling from a country with a warmer climate than the UK, it is recommended you consider a budget of between £350 to £450 for warm winter clothing.

General expenses


Students living off campus will need to budget for your travel costs to the campus each day, whether you are running your own car or using public transport. If you plan to use the bus service regularly, you can save money by purchasing a weekly or monthly ticket.


You should expect to pay between £5 to £8 per week for using launderette facilities, if you do not have a washing machine.

Telephone and Internet

If you live off campus you may choose to have a land line telephone which will also enable you to have access to internet facilities. The costs of telephone and internet facilities vary, so it is a good idea to compare prices before you choose which company to use.

You may choose to use a mobile phone either on a 'pay as you go' basis or through a monthly contract.


If you have a television you must purchase a television license.

How much will I need?

To help you with budgeting, we have provided a summary of estimated costs. These are only to be used a guide.

Single students

(per year based on 50 weeks, excluding tuition fees)

  • Accommodation: £4,500 - £7,000
  • Food: £2,250
  • Travel: £400 - £600
  • Books: £500
  • General Expenses*: £2,000

Total: £9,650 to £11,600 per year

* General expenses may include: social and leisure activities, telephone calls, laundry and clothing

Couples and Families

If your partner or your family will be joining you at the University you must also consider expenses such as the additional costs of accommodation, food or childcare.

This is an estimate of monthly living costs to use as a guide, including accommodation, but excluding childcare.

  • Couple: £1500
  • Couple with 1 child: £1700
  • Couple with 2 children: £1900
  • Couple with 3 children: £2100

International Students

To help you plan your budget before coming to the UK you may find it useful to use the International student budget calculator.

Life at Cranfield
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