Accommodation Code of Practice

About the code

A revised Code of Practice was laid before parliament on 4 November 2010. This was approved and came into f​orce on the 25 November.

The Housing Act 2004 introduced licensing for houses of multiple occupations in England and Wales. Higher education institutions are exempted from licensing providing they sign up to a code of practice that has been approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Three codes of practice for the higher education sector were approved by parliament in April 2006:

  • The Universities UK/GuildHE Code of Practice for University Managed Student Accommodation
  • The ANUK/Unipol Code of Standards for Larger Residential Developments for Student Accommodation Managed and Controlled by Educational Establishments
  • The ANUK/Unipol Code of Standards for Larger Developments for Student Accommodation NOT Managed and Controlled by Educational Establishments

In addition to universities and higher education colleges the codes are also open to further education colleges with residential accommodation and to private higher education providers, providing these institutions have the necessary mechanisms in place (eg on complaints) to fall within the code.

All the codes are designed as statements of good practice which are subject to change and refinement in the light of experience. They should serve to reinforce and, where necessary, encourage better management of accommodation provided by higher education institutions and major private suppliers. Together with licensing requirements for HMOs for privately rented property, they should help to effect a sustained improvement in the management of all forms of student housing.

How to join and implement the code

For an establishment to join the code there are two requirements. The first is for the establishment to have undertaken an independent audit against the Universities UK Code. The results of the audit together with the appropriate management responses should then be submitted to the National Administrator together with the second requirement which is a covering letter from the vice-chancellor/principal.

This letter should include details of the establishment's key contact for the purposes of the Code of Practice.

Upon receipt of the application the Sector Advisory Group will review and make a recommendation to the Governance Board. The key contact will then receive a confirmation letter from the board of its decision.

For any queries please contact the National Administrator:

Claire Furnival
UUK/Guild HE CoP Administrator
144, Pinewood Drive
Ashley Heath
Market Drayton

Telephone: 07958 599 947