Be part of history with Census 2021

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This Sunday is census day. A day when every household will be asked to answer the same questions on the same day to give a snapshot of the nation. Every ten years – with the exception of the Second World War in 1941 – information has been gathered on people living in England and Wales, to give a picture of society at the time.

However this year due to the pandemic, getting that picture is going to be harder, but it’s really important that students are included in the census. Whether you are in halls, living in a shared house, living with your parents or guardians, or are an international student we’re asking you to complete the census this Sunday.

What is the census? 

The census is a 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. 

How to complete your census?

Census Day is 21st March, but you can fill in yours in now. You can complete the census online and it only takes around ten minutes.

To complete the census or for more information on how to complete click here.  

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.  

Visit the 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.  

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