For those who prefer to live off-campus in the surrounding areas, we have lists of private accommodation which offer a variety of properties from studios to shared houses.

Visit Cranfield StudentPad, the official Cranfield University student accommodation search engine, specifically aimed at helping you find off-campus accommodation.

Cranfield village and surrounding areas

Located on the other side of the Cranfield campus airfield, Cranfield village is a very popular accommodation option for students, with a good choice of privately rented houses, flats and lodgings.

You can cycle to the campus on the dedicated cycle path in 10 minutes, arrive by bus in 10-15 minutes or walk in 35 minutes. An attractive village, Cranfield offers a wide range of amenities, including two small supermarkets, several takeaway restaurants, two pubs, a hairdresser's and even its own football club! There is also a doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and dental practice. Cranfield has three public parks, one of which has a multi-use games area.

The surrounding villages close to Cranfield are Marston Moretaine, Lower and Upper Shelton and North Crawley. Marston Moretaine is 7km from Cranfield University (approximately 20 minutes via the Uno bus - see information below). Lower and Upper Shelton is 6km from the University campus (15 minutes via the Uno bus). North Crawley is only 3.2km from the University (10 minutes via the Uno bus).

To find out more about Cranfield village and the surrounding areas, visit our Explore Cranfield page.

Milton Keynes and surrounding areas

In the neighbouring county of Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes is just 11.2km from Cranfield University. The Uno bus journey from Milton Keynes to Cranfield University takes approximately 30 minutes (see below for further details about this service).

Popular local areas include Newport Pagnell (10km from the University and 20 minutes via the Uno bus) and Broughton (6.7km away from the University and 15 minutes via the Uno bus).

A truly cosmopolitan city, Milton Keynes combines 4,500 acres of parkland, lakes, rivers and woodland with a unique design and offers everything from extreme sports to top shopping and fine dining.

To find out more about Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, visit our Explore Cranfield page.

Bedford and surrounding areas

Bedford is a large town 17.6km away from the University (40 minutes via the Uno Bus - see information below).

Popular residential areas close to Bedford are Kempston (14.2km from Cranfield University, 35 minutes via the Uno bus) and Wootton (8.9km from the University, 30 minutes via the Uno bus).

Located on the banks of the beautiful River Great Ouse, Bedford is steeped in history and is a perfect day out with parks, riverside walks, sports and leisure activities.

To find out more about Bedford and the surrounding areas, visit our Explore Cranfield page.

Further support

To communicate with current Cranfield students living off campus, please email the Cranfield Students Association (CSA) or visit the CSA Facebook group page.

If you would like any further support with off-campus accommodation or Cranfield StudentPad, please email offcampus@cranfield.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1234 754347.

Bus services

Uno Bus

The university bus that everyone can use

Uno Bus provides local transport links from Bedford to Milton Keynes via Cranfield University. The buses run frequently and at regular times each day.

C1 Bus Route – operated by Uno Bus
Bedford – Kempston – Wootton – Lower/Upper Shelton – Cranfield village – Cranfield University – Milton Keynes Coachway – Kingston – Milton Keynes (centre & railway station)

C10 Bus Route – operated by Uno Bus
Bedford – Kempston – Marston Moretaine – Cranfield village – Cranfield University – North Crawley – Newport Pagnell – Milton Keynes Coachway – Milton Keynes (centre & railway station)

View timetables

Remember to present your University student ID card to gain a student discount on the fare.

For more information visit the Uno website.

Stagecoach X5

The X5 bus, run by Stagecoach, provides regular services to a number of major nearby cities/towns and their respective train stations, including Bedford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Oxford and St Neots.

For more information visit the Stagecoach website.

Train services

London is easily accessible via trains from Milton Keynes or Bedford. MK Central's Virgin Trains service to Euston takes just 35 minutes and other major cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester are also covered.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the National Rail website.