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Please please help me out: How to best travel to cranfield & back frm London EVERYDAY

Hello everyone,
I am an Italian student who is going to study in Cranfield University in 2010. I am planning to live with my friends (who are also coming to the UK) in London. this is mainly because I do not want to be all by myself in a foreign country. I basically, want to know which means of transport and how to effectively travel to and from cranfield to london everyday? --i tried using google map to give me some indication of how long it might take by bus, trains etc but it says it doesnt have enough information from local transport services :frown: ... please could someone help me out?
Thanks, it is really appreciated.
Reply 1
amy-je
Hello everyone,
I am an Italian student who is going to study in Cranfield University in 2010. I am planning to live with my friends (who are also coming to the UK) in London. this is mainly because I do not want to be all by myself in a foreign country. I basically, want to know which means of transport and how to effectively travel to and from cranfield to london everyday? --i tried using google map to give me some indication of how long it might take by bus, trains etc but it says it doesnt have enough information from local transport services :frown: ... please could someone help me out?
Thanks, it is really appreciated.


Dude.. man up.
Go and stay at your uni, whats so hard about it? :/ everyone else does it. There will be no problems, you'll make friends easy.

Thats like 40-50 miles, do you realise how much this would cost?
Reply 2
Tommyjw
Dude.. man up.
Go and stay at your uni, whats so hard about it? :/ everyone else does it. There will be no problems, you'll make friends easy.

Thats like 40-50 miles, do you realise how much this would cost?

I really have no idea how much the travel expenses to and from cranfield would be. Maybe you could quote me some estimates..
btw, do you happen to go to cranfield uni? I heard that the living costs i.e. rent is nearly the same in cranfield as in london, but in london you can get part-time jobs, not so easy to get one in cranfield...what'd you say?
thanks a lot for all your advice. :smile:
Reply 3
amy-je
I really have no idea how much the travel expenses to and from cranfield would be. Maybe you could quote me some estimates..
btw, do you happen to go to cranfield uni? I heard that the living costs i.e. rent is nearly the same in cranfield as in london, but in london you can get part-time jobs, not so easy to get one in cranfield...what'd you say?
thanks a lot for all your advice. :smile:


Nah i dont go there :smile:

It would depend, look up train times from wheever in london you will be to whatever station is closest to cranfield.
Then look up yearly passes? or something? do they exist for trains LOL? but ye.. if they did, im sure they would be cheaper.

How much "contact" time will also effect it, because you will end up both going to the uni ALL DAY, as to make best use of the time there, (waist of money going for lecture then coming back imo) and then you , hopefully, may have one or two days where you dont have to go so can study in london .
Reply 4
Tommyjw
Dude.. man up.
Go and stay at your uni, whats so hard about it? :/ everyone else does it. There will be no problems, you'll make friends easy.

Thats like 40-50 miles, do you realise how much this would cost?


It might not a dude :laugh:

But seriously I agree with the above post. What's the point of traveling THAT far everyday just to get a little benefits of living with your friend? Get out of your conform zone and go to live with other freshers like everyone else, I'm sure you're gonna be fine.
Reply 5
andy12691
It might not a dude :laugh:


Ssshhh , i didnt really mean it like it was a guy, just a general term :h:

Anyway, your bristolian opinion doesnt count :rolleyes:
I would suggest that is is hopelessly impractical to travel from London to Cranfield every day. It would cost far too much and take far too much time. However, if you go to the university website, it gives detailed informatin on driving or using public transport from London, just work through the websites.
Reply 7
Hi,

I did my undergrad degree in London and now a PhD at Cranfield.

Firstly, if your smart, rent is cheaper at Cranfield. For example I'm saving about £25 a week compared to previous accom in London.

Commuting would be a hassle, tbh via train need to get to Milton Keynes, then from MK to Cranfield. I'd really suggest living on campus at Cranfield and go to your mates on weekends if your bored.

There is a very high Continental Europe contingency here, more French and Spanish than Italian, but there's still plenty about.

Got anymore questions just ask :smile:

Tom
If you want to live somewhere "bigger" than Cranfield per se you could consider living in Bedford or Milton Keynes and taking the bus to Cranfield each day. I have a friend doing this in September - she will live in Bedford then there is a direct bus to the campus from there. Renting in Bedford is ridiculously cheap in comparison to many areas of Bedford - she is paying £40 a week for a very good new build property in the town centre. The trains to London from Bedford and Milton Keynes to central London are regular and don't take too much time at all meaning you could meet your friend at the weekend if you really wished.
Far too far IMO.
Hi everyone,
I'm going to attend a MSc in Cranfield on October. Someone of you can help me to find a single bedroom possibly in Cranfield village? I've tried all the advices on university's website, but I found nothing interesting.
Alternatively do you know someone who lived there? I'll contact him/her.
Thanks, it's urgent !
Reply 11
A returm from London Esuton to Milton Keynes is about 14 quid per day (with railcard) and then there is a bus i think from the MK bus station to the campus. It's possible but will end up costing 250 quid each month just on travel.
Of all the unis to go to for a foreign student Cranfield would be one of the best considering the very large internation community there so i think you'd be fine if you stayed on campus.
Please, where is Cranfield located? Midland or ?. I am an International Student from Nigeria.
Can someone help me to find a single bedroom possibly in Cranfield village? His/Her contact will be well appreciated.
Also, I need an explanation why MSc Thermal Power - Gas Turbine option is very expensive as compared to other universities MSc in Mechanical Engineering.
Does this course worth this huge investment?
Is calculator allowed in their Exams and Test?
How is this course generally at Cranfield?
Please I need your response.
Thank you.
(edited 7 years ago)
Reply 13
The cheapest option for travel would be the coach from London Victoria to Milton Keynes and then getting the bus to Cranfield (probably via MK city centre), otherwise the train from Euston to MK then a bus to Cranfield is your only other real option.

I used to live a couple of villages away from Cranfield, which is tiny - you need to take into consideration that the local bus service to surrounding villages tends to be erratic and generally once an hour (at one point the buses were every 2 hours), there is however a dedicated university bus service from MK or Bedford to the Cranfield campus which runs approx every 30 mins

TBH the best option would be to live nearer than London, either in the Milton Keynes area or Bedford (check out sites like Spareroom.com etc for lodgings locally), I know that a number of households in Cranfield/Newport Pagnell take on lodgers

Best of luck on your course!
Reply 14
Original post by oxymoronic
If you want to live somewhere "bigger" than Cranfield per se you could consider living in Bedford or Milton Keynes and taking the bus to Cranfield each day. I have a friend doing this in September - she will live in Bedford then there is a direct bus to the campus from there. Renting in Bedford is ridiculously cheap in comparison to many areas of Bedford - she is paying £40 a week for a very good new build property in the town centre. The trains to London from Bedford and Milton Keynes to central London are regular and don't take too much time at all meaning you could meet your friend at the weekend if you really wished.


can you please share the location link here?
Original post by 27sid9
can you please share the location link here?

Hi there!

You seem to have found a bit of an old thread, I'm not sure if you will be able to find the exact same accommodation for the exact same rent now!
But you should look at the properties available on Student Pad, linked here:
https://www.cranfieldstudentpad.co.uk/Accommodation
As was discussed above, Bedford and Milton Keynes are bigger areas with more amenities. For example (and I am being very biased and highlighting my personal favourites here!) Bedford has a fruit and veg market a few times a week, and a cat cafe! Milton Keynes has indoor skiing and skydiving, I believe they both have escape rooms, and great restaurants in both (I am very partial to a wood fired pizza, but you can find nearly any cuisine from Turkish, to vegan, to Indian, to Greek!).

Have a look at the uno bus routes and schedules here on their website:
https://www.unobus.info/services/?region=Cranfield
They have several stops through the campus and go to different nearby villages as well as both Bedford and Milton Keynes.
I use the app which is very handy (I am terrible at losing loose tickets just printed on paper!), and gives you huge discounts as a Cranfield student.

I hope this (slightly newer) info helps! Let me know if you have any questions about Cranfield, Bedford, Milton Keynes, or anything else and I'll do my best to answer
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador
Reply 16
Thank you Ciara you are doing a great job, but one more silly question I would like to ask you how much is the bus fare from Bedford or Milton Keynes?
Original post by 27sid9
Thank you Ciara you are doing a great job, but one more silly question I would like to ask you how much is the bus fare from Bedford or Milton Keynes?

There are no silly questions! It can be really difficult to find the info online, so I'm happy to help :smile:

The busses run from MK -> Cranfield -> Bedford, and then Bedford -> Cranfield -> MK, so they start in either MK or Bedford and end in the other town.

There are several routes, but they all contain these three major areas. The routes are C1, C10, C11 and CX.
All of the routes include Cranfield University stops.

If you are living in another nearby village, like Marston, Wooton, Newport Pagnell, or North Crawley these are only covered by some of the services (e.g. the C1 stops in Wooton but not Marston).

The easiest way to figure this out is looking at the map of all the routes, which can be found here:
https://www.unobus.info/maps/?region=Cranfield
Just click on the Cranfield Connect option and you'll see each route has a different colour.

Please let me know if you do have any additional questions- no need to worry if they're silly or not! :biggrin:
Ciara


2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador
Reply 18
Hi,

I am a PhD student from Italy and coming to Cranfield University for 6 months as an exchange student from July to December this year.

I am searching for accommodation; tried cranfield studentpad but didn’t get a reply for home owners.

Could you be able to help or suggest other means of finding accommodation there?

Thanks

Hambal
Original post by Humbi
Hi,

I am a PhD student from Italy and coming to Cranfield University for 6 months as an exchange student from July to December this year.

I am searching for accommodation; tried cranfield studentpad but didn’t get a reply for home owners.

Could you be able to help or suggest other means of finding accommodation there?

Thanks

Hambal


Hi @Humbi

Great to hear you are joining us as a student next year :smile:

I would suggest contacting the accommodation department about on-campus accommodation. Typically these rooms are let from the beginning of term time (September) for 12 months, but some students choose to leave before the end of their lease, or even move to a different area for their internship/thesis project (if it is being done in collaboration with a company they can sometimes be in different areas). This means that some on campus accommodation may be available from July!
You can contact the accommodation department via email or phone here:
[email protected]
T: +44 (0)1234 754347

You should also try spare room (linked below), where a lot of people will advertise:
https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/bedfordshire/cranfield
https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/bedfordshire/bedford
https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/milton_keynes

You mentioned StudentPad already, but I will leave a link here in case anyone else reads the thread (this is where a lot of people find off campus accommodation):
https://www.cranfieldstudentpad.co.uk/Accommodation

Don’t forget that in both websites you can specify the area- while Cranfield village is popular with students, you can also stay in other nearby villages (Marston, Newport Pagnell, and North Crawley) or the bigger towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes. Many people also prefer these options as you have more amenities (like cinemas, grocery stores, clothes shops, restaurants) than the villages.
Even if you don’t have a car, you can get an uno bus from any of these areas to the uni. Cycling is also popular, and there are plenty of sheltered bike rails on campus for you to store your bike during the day. You can even pick up a high-visibility vest in the CSA, to stay safe on the roads.

Best of luck finding a place suitable for you!
And of course, let me know if you have any additional questions about Cranfield that might make your trip here easier I remember how stressed I was when moving country to join!
Ciara
3rd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador

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