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Hi everyone!

If you have any questions for current Cranfield students, please feel free to ask them here and we will answer them regularly!

This can be anything from social life at Cranfield, accomodation preferences, what it's like being a postgrad, moving to the UK, or anything else you can think of

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Hi everyone!
It can be really daunting starting in a new place, and the information can seem overwhelming. Here we have a collection of our most-used links to get you started!
Feel free to have a read, and then ask any questions about anything you find. As current Cranfield students, we can give our personal perspectives on things like the benefits of living on versus off campus, what social activities have been our favourites, and how we budget to save money while here! 😊

Accommodation: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/li.../accommodation
Cranfield offers a wide range of on campus accommodation suitable for individuals, couples, and families. You can choose whether to have self-catered accommodation, equipped with a full kitchen, or to be catered with access to smaller kitchens. You also have choices about room size, bathroom facilities, and spaces to suit all budgets.
For those who wish to live outside of campus, StudentPad is a popular website to find accommodation in the surrounding areas. Bedford and Milton Keynes have larger populations with more facilities and night life, and are just a short trip on the Uno bus from campus. Alternatively, Cranfield Village is within walking distance and is great for those who wish to cycle, walk, take the bus, and remain closer to campus. Check out the link here to see what is available for you: https://www.cranfieldstudentpad.co.uk/Accommodation

International students and visas: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/about/in...ional-students
Cranfield is home to a large number of international students, and our staff specialises in supporting your journey in the UK. For information on visas, right to work in the UK, or information for your specific country, have a look at our website here.

Fees and Funding: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/ta...es-and-funding
Information on fees and funding changes year to year. The link here will give you the most up to date information for your course, and also the funding and scholarships available to you to offset these costs. It also gives the information on how to register, pay, and how to get in contact with our student finance team if you have any problems/questions.

Cost of living: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/why-...iving-expenses
It can be really difficult to predict the costs of living in a new country or area, so Cranfield has supplied approximate costs for things like food, accommodation, laundry, travel, and other expenses. Check out our breakdown for individuals, couples, and families here.

Clubs and Societies: https://mycsa.org.uk/clubs-and-socie...nfield-campus/
The Cranfield Students Association (CSA) hosts many clubs and societies to get students active, meet new people, and learn new skills. A list of current societies can be found here.

Rankings and Awards: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/about/rankings-and-awardsv
As a postgraduate-only university, the rankings can get a little bit confusing (as they are usually based only on undergraduate performances). If you want to see our rankings in specific areas like management, engineering, or research, check out the link above.

Shrivenham campus: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/li...-at-shrivenham
Cranfield Defence and Security is based at our second site, the Shrivenham campus. For anyone interested in studying here, the link above provides information on the community, facilities, socialising, and more for this area.

Feel free to drop any questions below, or you can message students from a specific course, country, or department using our Unibuddy platform here: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/ambassador-chat


Looking forward to chatting with everyone!
Jamie
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Hello! Bit of an odd question but wondered if you lived on campus, as I understand that the rooms come with kitchen stuff but am unsure as to whether this is enough or whether I should bring my own as well? How does it work does every room have set stuff or does the whole flat share everything? Thank you!
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Hello! Bit of an odd question but wondered if you lived on campus, as I understand that the rooms come with kitchen stuff but am unsure as to whether this is enough or whether I should bring my own as well? How does it work does every room have set stuff or does the whole flat share everything? Thank you!
Hi

I lived on campus when I first moved to Cranfield, so I'll speak from my own experience here!

The first thing to note is that not all of the accommodation on campus is self-catered, there is also catered accommodation available (where you don't have kitchen facilities but instead get a meal allowance to spend for your food). There's also some variation in how many people share kitchens.

I lived in Lanchester hall, which had six rooms (so six people) sharing a kitchen. It was really spacious in terms of cupboards and storage space, so I had all the space I needed for any extras (I included a sieve as I like to bake, and some really nice casserole dishes I got as a gift, and a muffin tin).

Some things are provided to each room (plates, a bowl, a set of cutlery, mug and glass when I was there). So you'll have your own of each of them.
Other things were shared, like pots and pans, lids, a rice cooker, and other commonly used utensils like spatulas and kitchen knives.

Personally, I found the shared pots and pans plenty, I think we had 5 or 6 (of varying sizes) between us, several chopping boards, multiple knives, etc.
One of the people I shared the kitchen with actually requested a colander from housekeeping (which wasn't originally given to us), and they provided one. They're really nice people (and great to have a chat to) so I've always found if they can help you out they will. You can always contact the accommodation office and ask for an inventory for whichever type of accommodation you are looking at.

I know many people who have brought their own versions of things, but if you bring EVERYTHING it may be difficult to store. You can buy inexpensive kitchen equipment in several nearby places (I would recommend wilko or tesco in Kingston, or buying them online through argos or amazon) if you find anything you'd like to have your own version of.

We also had two fridges between 6 of us, so it wasn't difficult to store whatever food we needed!

Hope this helps, and feel free to drop any more questions here!
Ciara
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Hiya! I am looking the logistics course for next year, however I wondered if you could provide me some more information as to what to expect in terms of assignments. I understand that there’s no grading such as a first or 2:1 for a masters just pass or fail, is this correct? If so, how does it work with submitting work? Thank you!
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Hiya! I am looking the logistics course for next year, however I wondered if you could provide me some more information as to what to expect in terms of assignments. I understand that there’s no grading such as a first or 2:1 for a masters just pass or fail, is this correct? If so, how does it work with submitting work? Thank you!
Hi there!

You should reach out to the course director for Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, Dr Hendrik Reefke, who can give you details on not just what has been done in previous years but also what are the plans for this year.
Their email is [email protected]

You can also chat to current students on that course here:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/ambassador-chat
Personal experiences will vary, and because this course includes elective modules even what assignments and assessments each student gets in a single year will vary, but hopefully they can give some insights

I hope this helps!
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Hi,

I've applied to Cranfield and was wondering how likely it is to get an application accepted for the Lendwise Loan scheme?

Does anyone have experience of this?

Thanks.
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Hi,

I've applied to Cranfield and was wondering how likely it is to get an application accepted for the Lendwise Loan scheme?

Does anyone have experience of this?

Thanks.
Hi Bongo!

Great to hear that you’re coming to Cranfield!

While I don’t have experience with Lendwise personally, I do know there are several other options if this doesn’t work out.
If you go to your course page on our website, at the top right there’s a ‘fees and funding’ button, which will trigger a pop-up tab. This includes the information for scholarships, but also lenders who are popular amongst the students, offering reasonable rates for student loans.

For example, in the course page for the Aerospace Dynamics MSc (linked below), as well as Lendwise they suggest Student Finance England and Future Finance Loans.
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/...oCs28QAvD_BwE#

Lendwise is quite popular among Cranfield Students (as far as I know). If you have any problems finding the right forms or paperwork for your application, you can always ask for help from our student finance department, or admissions, depending on what you need! I’ll leave their contact details here:
Admissions enquiry form: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/forms/enquiry-form
Admissions phone number: +44 (0)1234 758540
Cranfield Student Finance email: [email protected]

Good luck with your application, and hope I could help!
Ciara
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Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc course part-time

Hi,
I am wondering what it is like to study the Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc course part-time whilst working full time.
I have a few questions, hopefully someone can help..
How much of the course may be done remotely?
How close together are the 2-week modules placed? (I believe each module to be around two weeks but please correct me if I am wrong.
How easy is it to receive help from lecturer is studying remotely and part-time?
Is there anyone who may currently be studying the course that could be available to talk to and ask a few questions?
If lectures/modules are required to be taken in person, who/how is accommodation set up for those temporarily travelling in from elsewhere?
Finally, is a Physics with Astrophysics BSc Hons an acceptable qualification for entry?

thank you in advance for your help.
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Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc course part-time

Hi,
I am wondering what it is like to study the Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc course part-time whilst working full time.
I have a few questions, hopefully someone can help..
How much of the course may be done remotely?
How close together are the 2-week modules placed? (I believe each module to be around two weeks but please correct me if I am wrong.
How easy is it to receive help from lecturer is studying remotely and part-time?
Is there anyone who may currently be studying the course that could be available to talk to and ask a few questions?
If lectures/modules are required to be taken in person, who/how is accommodation set up for those temporarily travelling in from elsewhere?
Finally, is a Physics with Astrophysics BSc Hons an acceptable qualification for entry?

thank you in advance for your help.
Hi Falan 😊

Looks like this was posted a few times in different threads, sorry for any confusion!
I answered it in our ‘Cranfield University Ask Us Anything’ thread here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...=#post97245890

Hope this helps!
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
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