Mnemonic: student_accommodation_type
Applicability: Person
Type: Derived variable


Combines the living situation of students and school children in full-time education, whether they are living:

  • alone
  • in a student household
  • with parents
  • in a communal establishment, split by university and other communal establishment type
  • in other household types

It also includes whether these households contain one or multiple families.

This variable is comparable with the student accommodation variable but splits the communal establishment type into “university” and “other” categories.


Total number of categories: 7

Code Name
1 Living with parents
2 Living in a communal establishment: University
3 Living in a communal establishment: Other
4 Living in an all student household
5 Living alone
6 Living in another household type
-8 Does not apply*

*People who are not full-time schoolchildren or students, children aged 4 years and under, and short-term migrants.


Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Highly comparable

What does highly comparable mean?

A variable that is highly comparable means that it can be directly compared with the variable from the 2011 Census. The questions and options that people could choose from may be slightly different, for example the order of the options may be swapped around, but the data collected is the same.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

Not comparable

This variable is not comparable as the data is not available for all countries.

What does not comparable mean?

A variable that is not comparable means that it cannot be compared for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about variables produced for Census 2021 in Northern Ireland and Census 2022 in Scotland.

Census 2021 data that uses this variable