Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

General questions

What type of accommodation can I apply for?

If you will be attending a full-time course at the Cranfield campus you will be eligible to apply for on campus accommodation.

You are eligible to apply for a single room if you will be attending your own.

You are eligible to apply for couples' accommodation if your partner/spouse will be living with you for the duration of your course.

You are eligible to apply for family accommodation if your partner/spouse and/or children will be living with you for the duration of your course.

How many rooms are there on campus?

We have a total of 1065 single rooms on campus for full-time students

How many studio apartments for couples are located on campus?

We have a total of 75 studio apartments for full-time students and their partner/spouse.

How many family houses are located on campus?

We have 110 family houses for full-time students on campus which comprise of the following:

  • Two bedroom houses: 52
  • Three bedroom houses: 48
  • Four bedroom houses: 3

Do you have any twin (shared) rooms?

We have a limited number of twin rooms on-campus. Please contact us if you require further information.

What is 'en-suite' accommodation?

This means that the room has its own private bathroom facilities such as a bath or shower, and a toilet.

What is 'catered' accommodation?

Students in catered accommodation are provided with a monthly meal allowance which can be used in Residential Services catering outlets, in order to purchase meals. There are no cooking facilities in catered accommodation; however, you will be able to prepare light snacks in one of the shared pantries.

What is 'self-catered' accommodation?

Students in self-catered accommodation will share kitchen facilities; usually with between five to eight other students.

Are internet facilities available in the accommodation?

Yes, all student accommodation on campus has internet facilities via Wi-Fi and most accommodation also has a data point.

How many people share the bathroom facilities in the standard accommodation?

You will usually share facilities with six to eight students depending on the type of accommodation.

What is the difference between the 'premier en suite' rooms in Lanchester Hall, and the 'medium en suite' rooms in Lanchester Hall?

The premier en suite rooms are located in one separate block and features large kitchens with modern facilities.

How long is the tenancy period?

Most tenancies will run for a minimum period of 49 weeks; those who have to undertake projects away from Cranfield as part of their course may apply to vacate early by completing a 'notice to quit' form. This will enable you to vacate after 30 weeks.

Do you have single gender areas in on campus accommodation?

We do not have specific areas for those who wish to live in a single gender area; however, we will do our best to offer single gender accommodation when requested, when possible.

Please let us know when you apply for accommodation.

Are cleaning services provided?

Cleaning is carried out by University housekeeping staff or appointed contractors. In all accommodation cleaning is carried out in communal areas only, each week.

Cleaning in the family houses is the responsibility of the residents.

Am I insured for my possessions?

Cranfield University has arranged some contents insurance for you with Endsleigh, the No. 1 student insurance provider.  This cover does not protect laptops and phones or other items when you are outside your room.  It is important for you to check this cover, so please follow the steps below to ensure you fully understand the protection provided.

Enter in your policy number HH1057a at endsleigh.co.uk/reviewcover to check your policy details

Is car parking available?

You must register your car with Residential Services if you live on campus. Parking on campus is free of charge, with car parks conveniently located around the residential areas. 

Where can I store my bicycle?

Residents are able to secure bicycles in cycle racks located close to the residential areas.

Will I be allowed visitors to stay with me in my room?

You will be permitted to have a guest to stay overnight for no more than two consecutive nights in any one week.

If you have a guest to stay for a longer period we have hotel accommodation located on campus.

Can I bring my pet(s)?

Pets are not allowed in any University accommodation on campus.

What happens when the University closes over Christmas?

The administrative offices and Lanchester Hall reception close each year over the Christmas period for approximately 12 days; typically 24 December until 2 or 3 January. Duty Managers are available and based at Mitchell Hall reception.

The Security Department may also deal with emergencies during this time.

New student applications

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

How do I apply for accommodation located at the Cranfield campus?

You will be able to make an application for accommodation once you have been formally offered a place on one of our full-time courses which is being held at the Cranfield campus.

To apply for on campus accommodation you should log in to the EVE portal and make an application. We recommend that you make an application as soon as you are able to, as on campus accommodation is very popular.

When can I apply for accommodation on-campus?

You will be eligible to apply once you have received a formal offer for a place on a full-time course. However, you do not need to have accepted your course offer to be able to apply.

We will begin to accept applications for accommodation in late January or February for new students who are due to begin their studies in October.

Do you guarantee an offer of accommodation?

Applications are processed in the order the applications are received. We strongly recommend that you make your application as soon as you are able, as on-campus accommodation is very popular.

Am I guaranteed to receive an offer for one of my room preferences?

Some types of accommodation are more popular then others. We will attempt to offer you one of your preferences in the order you have listed them on your application. If we find that all of your preferred types of room are unavailable, we will look to offer you the next available type of room, which is the most similar to the room preferences listed on your application.

We may find that all of the accommodation which best matches your preferences is fully booked, in which case we will offer you any available type of room. For example we may offer you an en suite room if all the standard rooms are fully booked, or a catered room if all of the self-catered rooms are fully booked.

Do you guarantee an offer of on-campus accommodation for International students?

We do not offer a specific guarantee of an offer of accommodation to International students. 

We process accommodation applications in the order in which they are received.

Can I view the accommodation before I make my application?

We recommend you make your application as soon as your able as on campus accommodation is very popular.

We offer accommodation tours during University Open Days. As we are a postgraduate university our rooms are occupied throughout the year which means we are unlikely to have rooms to view at other times.

Can I live with my friend?

If your friend will also be a full-time student at the University we recommend that you both make an application for single student accommodation at the same time and include your request on your application. It is helpful if you both include the name of your friend and their student reference number.

Can I apply for single accommodation and family or couples’ accommodation?

You will not be able to apply for two different types of accommodation. You must decide which type of accommodation you would prefer at the time of making your application.

You will only be eligible for couples’ or family accommodation if your partner/family will be accompanying you throughout your tenancy period.

Can I apply for single accommodation and later apply for family or couples’ accommodation if my family/partner join me part-way through my course?

Due to the limited number of properties suitable for families and couples we cannot guarantee that this type of accommodation will be available if you are planning for your family or partner to join you part-way through your course, as demand is usually high. We would recommend that you also consider the possibility of securing privately managed accommodation in the local area. 

Family/couples’ accommodation is not available for short-term stays, with the minimum tenancy period being six months.

I am a part-time student, can I apply for accommodation on campus?

Yes, we have a hotel on-campus if you wish to book accommodation for a short period of time.

I am a full time visiting student, can I apply for on campus accommodation?

Yes, you can apply for accommodation online using our EVE portal once you have been formally been offered a place to study at the University.

When will I receive a response to my application?

We begin to process applications from those whose courses begin in October, in approximately April or May. How quickly you will receive the outcome of your application will depend how early you applied as we process the applications in the order they are received.

Applications are processed throughout the summer months until all of the accommodation is fully booked. We aim to respond to all applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, by early August.

Should I let the Accommodation Office know if I have a medical condition or special access requirements?

If you have any medical condition or special access requirements which you feel are relevant to your accommodation needs, it is very important that you state them on your application. It is very unlikely we will be able consider additional requests after we have allocated your accommodation due to the high demand for on campus accommodation.

Where you would like your application to be considered on medical grounds we will require a recent medical letter from your doctor (in English), to accompany your application. The letter should be relevant to your application and it should explain why your doctor feels you should live on campus.

If you have special access requirements you should contact the Accommodation Office at the time your application is made. Following your application, we may recommend that you visit the campus and view the accommodation with a member of the accommodation team. Shortly after you arrive at the campus and start your course, we will discuss a Personal Emergency Evacuation Procedure with you, if this is required.

What should I do if I am not offered University accommodation?

If we are not able to make you an offer of accommodation we recommend that you consider privately managed accommodation located off-campus. 

You must ensure that you have arranged private accommodation before you arrive at the Cranfield campus, even if it is temporary accommodation. Please contact Mitchell Hall reception for information regarding pricing and availability of temporary accommodation on-campus.

Current student applications

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

How do I apply for on campus accommodation if I am a current Cranfield University student?

If you have never applied for accommodation you will be able to login to the EVE portal and make an application online. To help us process your application, please tell us the date that you would like the accommodation from, or the notice period your current landlord requires. Often, we will ask you to bring in a copy of your agreement as confirmation.

If you have already applied for accommodation in the same academic year, please contact us by email.

When will I find out if there is accommodation available?

Accommodation on campus is high demand from October through to April as this is the time when most Masters students attend taught modules.

If we are able to offer you a room on campus we will contact you by email.

If you have not heard from us and you would like an update regarding the progress of your application, please contact us by email.

Is there a waiting list for on campus accommodation?

We often have a waiting list for all types of accommodation between October and April.

Unsuccessful applications from new students will remain on the waiting list for one week after the start of your course before being removed. If you have not found any permanent accommodation after that time, you must contact the accommodation office to discuss your requirements.

Applications do not remain on the waiting list for an indefinite period. If we have not had any correspondence from you for six weeks, your application will be removed from the waiting list.

Family applications

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

If I apply for family accommodation am I guaranteed to receive an offer?

Our family accommodation is very popular which means that we cannot guarantee that every application will result in an offer of a family house.

Can I apply for family accommodation if my family will only visit me?

Our family houses are very popular with students who will bring their family to live with them on campus; for this reason, we are not able to offer family houses in where family members are only visiting.

Can we apply for a family house if we are a couple without children?

You will not be able to apply for family housing on campus unless your children will be living with you on campus for the full duration of the tenancy period.

Can I apply for a family house so my parents can accompany me?

The family houses on campus are for full-time students of the University and their children. We do not allocate family houses to students who wish to bring other family members.

How are the family houses allocated?

We consider the ages and gender of your children when we allocate our family houses:

  • Two bedroom house: suitable for students with a spouse/partner and one child, or two children under the age of five.
  • Three bedroom house: suitable for students with a spouse/partner and two children over the age of five and of a different gender, or three children.
  • Four bedroom house: suitable for students with a spouse/partner and three children all over the age of five and of a difference gender, or four/five children.

Can I choose which size of house I would most prefer?

You are welcome to indicate any preference you may have on your application; however, we cannot allocate larger families in the smaller houses. We must also consider the level of demand for each type of house at the time the offer is made.

Can I view the accommodation before I make my application?

We recommend you make your application as soon as you are able as on campus accommodation is very popular.

As we are a postgraduate university our family houses are occupied throughout the year which means we are unlikely to have housing which are available to view prior to arrival.

If I am offered a family house can I rent it as unfurnished?

All of our family houses are furnished. We are not able to let our properties as unfurnished.

Couples' applications

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

What is a studio apartment?

An apartment is known as a ‘studio’ when the living area and sleeping areas are within the same room. In Fedden House the kitchen, living and sleeping areas comprise one room; there is also a separate study area and a bathroom.

If I apply for couples’ accommodation am I guaranteed to receive an offer?

Our couples’ accommodation is very popular which means that we cannot guarantee that every application will result in an offer of a studio apartment in Fedden House.

Can I apply for couples’ accommodation if my partner will only visit me?

Our apartments for couples are very popular with students who will bring their partner to live with them throughout their tenancy. For this reason, we are not able to offer couples' accommodation to those whose partner will only visit.

Can I apply for a couples’ accommodation so another family member can accompany me?

The studio apartments on campus are for full-time students of the University and their partners. We are not able to allocate couples’ accommodation to those who wish to bring other family members, such as a parent or sibling.

Can I view the accommodation before I make my application?

We recommend you make your application as soon as your able as on campus accommodation is very popular.

As we are a postgraduate university our family houses are occupied throughout the year which means we are unlikely to have housing which are available to view prior to arrival.

Should I apply for couples’ accommodation if we are expecting a baby?

Children are not permitted to stay in Fedden House. If you or your partner is pregnant you must consider your accommodation arrangements carefully. We recommend that you contact us before you make your application for accommodation so we can advise you as to which accommodation type would be the most appropriate.

Accepting an accommodation offer

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

How do I accept the offer of accommodation I have received?

We will give you full instructions explaining how to accept your offer of accommodation by email. This email will include information such as the type of accommodation we have offered you and the deadline by which you must accept or reject the offer.

You must pay the requested deposit by the deadline in your accommodation offer letter in order to accept on offer of accommodation. Your payment deadline will usually be 7 days from the date the offer is made.

Sponsored students are responsible for paying their accommodation deposit unless the sponsor is prepared to make the payment on your behalf, by the deadline stated in the accommodation offer letter. 

How much is the deposit payment?

The amount of the deposit we will request will depend on the type of accommodation we offer to you. Our deposits begin at £440 for the smaller rooms, to £1000 for the larger single rooms.

Deposits for family houses are between £700 and £1500 depending on the property.

I haven't secured my visa, can I pay my accommodation deposit later?

Due to the high demand for accommodation on campus, you cannot provisionally book accommodation pending the result of your visa application. Those who wish to live on campus for their studies must pay their deposit by the deadline stated in their offer letter.

If I cancel my accommodation booking before my arrival, will my deposit be refunded?

Accommodation deposits are refundable prior to arrival, providing that you inform us 28 days before your course registration that you will not be attending.

I wish to reject the offer I have been made, can I reapply for another type of room?

Our policy is to make one offer of accommodation per application. If you chose to reject an offer of accommodation it is very unlikely we will be able to make you a second offer due to the high demand for on campus accommodation.

Arriving at the campus

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

When will I find out the address of my allocated accommodation?

If your course begins in October and your have accepted your accommodation offer you will be sent an email with your room number, or address, approximately three weeks prior to arrival.

If your course starts at any other time, you should expect your address confirmation to be sent approximately one week prior to arrival.

When will I be able to I move into my accommodation?

You will be able to move in to your accommodation one day immediately prior to your course registration date.

Please do not make arrangements to arrive early unless you have booked temporary accommodation, as we cannot guarantee that your accommodation will be available early.

Where do I collect my keys and obtain access to my accommodation?

You will be given full details on how and when to collect your keys shortly before your arrival.

What happens if my arrival is delayed?

Please contact us and let us know that you will be arriving late; it is important we know that you will still be arriving to the University if you have booked on campus accommodation.

For new students, tenancies will commence on your day of arrival, or your course start date, whichever is earlier. Do be aware that students who arrive late for their course will be responsible for the accommodation fees from their course start date, irrespective of their actual arrival date.

Is bedding supplied in University accommodation?

Single students will be supplied with a single bedding pack in their room on arrival at a cost of £25. If you don't need us to provide this service please let us know prior to your arrival.

Students in couples' (Fedden House) or family accommodation may request bedding packs at the time of accepting your accommodation offer via the EVE portal. Single bedding packs are priced at £25 and double bedding packs are £40 each.

Can I ship my luggage to be stored by the University before I arrive?

Please do not ship your belongings to be delivered prior to your arrival as we do not have the facilities to store your luggage.

Payment of accommodation fees

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions relating to student accommodation located at the Cranfield campus.

How do I pay my accommodation fees?

Your accommodation fees may be paid in a variety of different ways:

  • Monthly instalment by Direct Debit from a UK bank account
  • Quarterly instalment payments made in advance, by bank transfer or cash
  • A full payment made in advance.

Payments can also be made via the online portal:https://webpayments.cranfield.ac.uk/Logon.aspx

Please ensure that you arrange to cover all the bank charges or it is possible that not enough money will arrive in our bank account to pay all of your invoices.

Any enquiries relating to the payment of your accommodation fees can be directed to our Student Finance Department.

I would like to pay my accommodation fees monthly, how are the instalments calculated?

We calculate your monthly instalments by taking your accommodation fees for the whole year and dividing this amount in to equal payments. How many instalments you make will depend on the length of your tenancy. 

If your course runs from October to September, you should expect to pay 11 instalments; the first payment will be due in October and the final instalment would be made in August. 

Are my accommodation fees likely to change at any time?

There is usually an increase in accommodation fees at the beginning of each new academic year, which begins on the 1st October. This is particularly important if you are a research student who may live on campus for more than one academic year or if you begin your course outside of the usual academic cycle. 

If you will be undertaking a PhD and your sponsor will be paying your accommodation fees we strongly recommend that you make your sponsor aware that your accommodation fees are likely to change during your studies.

Living off campus

Where can I find information about off-campus accommodation?

Landlords with properties to advertise to students who are studying at the Cranfield campus are encouraged to place their advert on Cranfield StudentPad.

Properties situated close to Cranfield University at Shrivenham may be found by visiting the Cranfield Students' Association listings.

The University does not manage any other websites listing off-campus accommodation.

What type of accommodation is available off-campus?

There are many different type of accommodation available off campus from rooms in shared houses to self-contained apartments and family houses.

What should I consider when looking for off campus accommodation?

Further guidance to help you when looking for off campus accommodation may be found on Cranfield StudentPad.

Where are off campus properties near to the Cranfield campus located?

Areas popular with staff and students based at the Cranfield campus include:

  • Cranfield village
  • Marston Mortaine
  • Wootton
  • North Crawley
  • Upper and Lower Shelton
  • Newport Pagnell
  • Kempston
  • Bedford
  • Broughton
  • Milton Keynes