The Office for National Statistics (ONS) asking you to take part in the 2021 Census. The Census is a really important survey carried out every 10 years. It allows for the effective planning of all public services so it is important that everyone completes it.

What is the census? 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. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this. Why is it important for you, as a student, to fill in the census? 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. The last census was 2011, so this might be your first time completing the census yourself. Don’t worry – it only takes ten minutes per person and you will complete online.

Census Day is 21st March, but you can fill in your form now!

We understand your circumstances may have changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. So, although you might not be living where you normally would be when at University, you must complete the form with your normal university address. If you’re currently living at home, you need to be included on your household census questionnaire as well as completing one for your university address. For more information on how to complete click here. If you have not received your code, you can request a new one online if you have lost or cannot access your code. Your code will be sent via SMS.
Visit the census website for support!

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 the census, you’re making a profound difference to decisions which influence the student community. We will be in touch with a reminder for all students to complete.