At Cranfield University we welcome students with families and aim to provide a welcoming community for all.
If you are considering bringing your family with you whilst you are studying, it is important that you plan carefully before your course begins, especially if you are travelling to the UK from another country.
General advice and expenses
Moving to Cranfield will be an exciting time for you and your family and will require thorough planning to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Budgeting for your living costs over the course of your studies is an important part of planning for your arrival to the university. As well as the tuition fees for your chosen programme of study, you should also consider your living expenses. These will include your accommodation fees, food and travel costs, and will vary depending on your lifestyle choices.
- You will need to organise your accommodation and schooling for your children before they arrive.
- We recommend that you arrive in advance of your family, to make the necessary arrangements, and for your family to join you once these have been made.
- We regret that we cannot offer family accommodation to those who would like to bring other family members such as grandparents, or where accompanying children are 18 years old or over.
- Family housing is very popular on the Cranfield campus and we have a limited number of family houses which may be suitable if you are attending a full-time course.
Applying early is highly recommended but it is important that you also consider the possibility of living in private accommodation in the local area should on-campus accommodation not be available.
Rent (in the Cranfield area):
- £650 - £800 per month to rent a two bedroom property.
- £700 - £1000 per month to rent a three bedroom property.
- Electricity, water and gas bills are not included in the rent. You will need to plan for the cost of these.
Council Tax is a charge that each local government makes for services it provides to the local community such as policing and fire services, road and street lighting, rubbish collection and park maintenance. It is calculated based on the value of the property in which you are living; you should expect to pay between £90 and £140 per month in Council Tax.
Most students are exempt and do not have to pay Council Tax. However you may have to pay if:
- you bring your family and your spouse is not a student (you will have to pay Council Tax on the house you rent)
- one person in the house is registered as a full-time student (you should expect a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill)
Further information for international students considering bringing their family to the UK, can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website (UKCISA).
- If you are from a European Economic Area (EEA) country, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for you and your family before you travel to the UK to ensure you are able to use NHS medical services.
- International (non-EEA) students, your spouse and your children, are eligible for some NHS treatments, providing that your course is for six months or more.
- Having medical insurance can offer peace of mind. You may also wish to consider private medical insurance before you travel.
Please check the NHS advice for international student’s website for further information.
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.
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.
(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
To help you plan your budget before coming to the UK you may find it useful to use the International student budget calculator.