The Student Accommodation Code

Your right to a quality home

Being at university or college can be one of the most exciting and challenging times of life. Often it's when students move away from home for the first time, so making sure accommodation is safe, good quality and caters for your needs is crucial.
The Student Accommodation CodeMany of you will choose university-managed housing. This is a good option for lots of reasons but particularly because you can be sure that it will be of a good standard, provided it is signed up to The Student Accommodation Code.

The Code protects your rights as students to safe, good quality accommodation and makes sure you get the best out of your time living in university or college residences.
It outlines everything you can expect from your accommodation as well as your responsibilities as tenants.  

Over 150 university and further education college accommodation buildings are signed up to The Code, which was introduced in 2006. The Code has already raised standards of accommodation and aims to continue to enrich the residential experience for students across England and Wales.

The Code protects your rights to:

  • A healthy, safe environment
  • Timely repairs and maintenance
  • A clean, pleasant living environment
  • A formal, contractual relationship with your landlord
  • Access to health and wellbeing services
  • A living environment free from anti-social behaviour

For more information or to see whether a particular residence has signed up, please visit The Code's website.