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Life in Cranfield

Cranfield is a rural village north of London, near Milton Keynes. It’s the perfect place for those looking for a peaceful lifestyle within a close community of students from around the world.

“It’s so quiet, you can feel the nature. It’s definitely a great place to relax and study.” 

Caroline from China, 
MSc Strategic Marketing student

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Cranfield: things to know

Cranfield culture 

Surrounded by nature, Cranfield has so much countryside to explore 

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Cranfield is the ideal spot to relax during your studies 

Nature on your doorstep 

Exploring the public footpaths around Cranfield is a great way get to know the areas around campus. You can also visit the many nearby country parks, such as Priory Country Park, to discover natural habitats, including meadows and reedbeds. These are well maintained and give you the chance to learn about British wildlife. 

Historic homes

It should come as no surprise that the UK is home to many historic homes. In the area around Cranfield, there is a lot to see. From Bletchley Park with its WWII history to beautiful Woburn Abbey and Blenheim Palace, you can transport yourself to another time and explore grand buildings and beautiful landscaped gardens. 

The arts

In the city of Milton Keynes and Bedford town, you’ll find plenty to keep a creative mind occupied. The MK Gallery is a thought-provoking public gallery with contemporary art from around the world, and The Higgins in Bedford displays a wide variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Then, for live music and theatre, there’s the Milton Keynes Theatre, and Esquires, an independent music venue, in Bedford. 

Aerial view of Milton Keynes
Living in Milton Keynes 
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Interactive experiences

Escape rooms
If you love a challenge, then there are several fun escape room experiences to try out in the local area — it makes for a great day out with friends!

Virtual reality 
Vertigo VR is an event space in Milton Keynes that specialises in virtual reality. From a 5D cinema to VR gaming rooms, you can visit another dimension! 

The great outdoors

Water sports
Whether you want to try stand up paddleboarding or go on a two-day kayak adventure along the river, there is plenty of countryside to see from the water. 

Nature walks 
You can connect with nature without even leaving campus on Cranfield’s summer biodiversity walks. They are an educational way to appreciate local flora and wildlife. 

Milton Keynes and Bedford

Milton Keynes 
With bars, restaurants, nightclubs, an arcade, and live music venues like The Stables, nearby Milton Keynes is a fun city to get to know. 

Rich in heritage, the thriving market town of Bedford offers a wonderful programme of arts and cultural events throughout the year, giving you plenty to experience. 

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On-campus accommodation at Cranfield

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Living in Cranfield village