Accommodation Code of Practice

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Over 150 Universities and Colleges are signed up to the UUK Accommodation Code of Practice (last updated in 2010), which exempts them from the requirements of the 2004 Housing Act. The Code was designed to ensure that students throughout the UK are provided with accommodation that is both safe and satisfactory for living. The Code requires an audit every three years with a summary of the findings, recommendations and agreed actions provided to the UUK/Guild HE Sector Advisory Group.

The Code itself includes almost one hundred individual requirements, both mandatory and non-mandatory but these requirements can be summarised into six main areas:

  • Requirements for a healthy safe environment
  • Requirements for timely repairs and maintenance
  • Requirements for a clean and pleasant living environment
  • The formal contractual relationship between students and the University
  • Student access to health and wellbeing services
  • Requirements for a living environment free from anti-social behaviour

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