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Census Day was 21st March, but you still have time to complete your census form now

Wherever you are, whether in halls, living in a shared house, living with your parents or guardians, or are an international student – all students are an important part of the census and must be included. Don’t worry – it’s a simple form that you complete online, your data is confidential and it only takes ten minutes per person.

If you already have your code and know what to do, click here to complete it!

Why is it important for you, as a student, to fill in the census?

To recap, the census is an important national survey that takes place every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your student community get the services needed now and in the future. The information you give informs decisions that affect student life, such as university campus bus links and bike lanes, jobs and training. Therefore, it is key that you complete the form for your university address.

How do I complete it?

If you’re currently living at your university address, you should have received a letter containing an access code made up of numbers and letters to complete the census online. Click here to complete using your code now. You can also request a new one online if you have lost or cannot access your code. Your code will be sent via SMS.

We understand your circumstances may have changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you are not currently living at your university address and cannot get your access code, you need to request a new one online. Your code will be sent via SMS.

If you’re currently living at home, you need to be included on your household census questionnaire as well as complete one for your university address.

You can find more information on how to complete based on where you are living here, covering the below-living situations:

  • Students at home or elsewhere due to the pandemic
  • Students living in a shared house or flat
  • Students living in halls of residence
  • International students
  • Students living permanently at home during university with no separate university address


We want to make it as easy as possible for you to take part. For more information on the census, or if you need help, go to There are a wide range of services available, including translations and accessible guidance.

Thank you for your help in taking part in Census 2021!


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