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Complete your Census 2021

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  • Written byStudent Communications
  • Published date16 March 2021
woman holding a mobile phone looking at census information
woman holding a mobile phone looking at census information


Complete your Census 2021

UAL is working in partnership with the Office for National Statistics to ensure that all our students are included in Census 2021. Whether you are 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.

What is the census? 

The census is an important national survey that takes place every 10 years and provides a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to HE institutions, such as UAL, 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 it online.

How to complete your census  

Census Day is 21 March, but you can fill in yours now. All you need is an access code, which should have been sent to your university address. If you haven’t received, lost or cannot access your code, a new one can be requested online. The new code will be sent via SMS.