A mature, postgraduate environment, world-class, industrial-scale facilities, passionate teams of academics and a community of like-minded students from more than 100 countries, combine to make Cranfield a unique place to learn.
Students develop as professionals and learn how to apply their expert knowledge and skills in the global economy. Focusing on aerospace, defence and security, environment and agrifood, energy and power, manufacturing, transport systems and water sectors – as well as on leadership and management – University's influence has helped to change the way society thinks, works and learns. Moreover, Cranfield University has developed solutions to real world problems – for example in water and sanitation, aviation safety and humanitarian mine detection and clearance – that have improved the lives of millions of people around the world.
Cranfield University graduates are in demand and their association with Cranfield brings benefits throughout their careers. Graduates prosper in some of the world’s most prestigious organisations, progressing to senior positions and making a difference in business, industry and for society across the globe.
- University provides many networking opportunities with a wide group of fellow students from different backgrounds, each contributing to a rich learning experience.
- Many of University's teaching staff have industry backgrounds and are leading academic experts in their fields, providing real-life learning challenges that students will encounter in their career.
- Built on a former RAF base, Cranfield is one of only a few universities in the world to own and run its own airport, maintaining an aerospace heritage stretching back more than 70 years.
- Cranfield University has Student Advice Centre, extensive library facilities, IT support, careers services and, on completion of your studies, access to one of the most influential alumni communities in the world. This diverse and dynamic global network of more than 60,000 people delivers lifelong benefits and a range of professional services.
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.
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.
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.
At the Cranfield campus you have a wide range of accommodation options, from halls of residence to shared houses, apartments for couples and houses for families, all managed in accordance with the UK Code of Practice for University Managed Accommodation.
If you prefer to live off campus in the surrounding areas, University offers lists of private accommodation which offer a variety of properties from studios to shared houses.
Shrivenham is home to Cranfield Defence and Security. It is a secure military site in partnership with the Defence Academy, Ministry of Defence, UK. The Campus has an excellent array of facilities and activities available to staff, students and their families.
During your time here, you will be part of a warm, welcoming community and there’s no shortage of things to do, both on and off Campus.
You will find a friendly, fascinating mix of cultures and backgrounds of both military and academic students. Cranfield University - Shrivenham has an established and supported infrastructure for everyday living and a wide range of social and sporting opportunities to keep you refreshed after a long day of studying.
‘A Student’s Guide to Shrivenham’ is issued to all students at registration and provides information on finding local accommodation. Cranfield Students Association at Shrivenham also has a Facebook page where students can ask questions regarding housing and any other issues you may have. If you add them as a friend they will automatically accept and you will be able to ask other students about accommodation options on both campuses.
Many students live in privately rented houses or rooms in shared houses; either in the nearby villages of Shrivenham or Watchfield, or in local towns such a Faringdon and Swindon.
To travel to the campus, there is a regular bus service from Swindon to Faringdon calling in at the Shrivenham campus and the Defence Academy.
Thinking about your living costs is an important part of planning for university life. The cost of living can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, budget and spending habits. To help, Cranfield University has provided a summary of indicative costs, to be used as a guide only.
(per year based on 50 weeks, excluding tuition fees)
- Accommodation: £4,500 - £7,000
- Food: £2,250 (Weekly food for one person estimate £40-£50 )
- Travel: £400 - £600
- Books: £500
- General Expenses*: £2,000
* General expenses (for example):
- Clothing and laundry: Weekly laundrette for one person £5-£8
- Transport: At Shrivenham the number 66 bus running from Swindon to Shrivenham, then onto Oxford costs on average £3-£4 (If you plan to use a bus service regularly, you can save money by purchasing a weekly or monthly ticket)
- Telephone and Internet: The costs of telephone and internet facilities vary, so it is a good idea to compare prices before you choose which company to use.
- Television: Annual TV license fee £145.50
- Council tax: If you are living in private, rented accommodation, you may have to pay Council Tax, a charge that each local government makes for services to the community, such as policing and fire services, road and street lighting, rubbish collection and park maintenance.
Total: £9,650 to £11,600 per year
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