The National Code for Large Developments operated by non-educational providers is currently being reviewed. We want to make sure its updated in line with issues that are important to students, and make accommodation better, whilst at the same time being deliverable by providers.

So, whether you’re a student yourself, represent a Students’ Union or are involved in student welfare or the accommodation sector in any capacity, please let us know what is important to you in how privately operated purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) across the UK is managed and regulated.

This consultation seeks views on changes to the Unipol/ANUK National Codes for purpose built accommodation operated by non-educational operators.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 16th August 2021.

Consultation description
The National Codes for purpose built student accommodation operated by non-education providers is periodically reviewed and updated, and a new version of the Code is being proposed.

This consultation seeks views on the updated Code standards. We welcome views and evidence from all interested stakeholders including students, Code members and other interested parties.

The updated standards include new standards that members must comply with, including:

  • Where new PBSA buildings open late, affected incoming tenants will be provided with pre-determined compensation payments to reflect the inconvenience experienced at an important time of the academic year
  • Charges for rooms that have been designed and significantly adapted for students with mobility/physical impairment should not exceed the lowest room rate available in the Member’s portfolio within the relevant local authority area, as there is evidence that these students have significantly higher living costs
  • Members will provide copies of fire risk assessments for high rise buildings to the National Codes Administrator
  • The provision of gender neutral toilets in communal areas
  • A number of other updated requirements.

Now is your opportunity to have your say about the clauses to be included in the National Code, and you can do so by submitting a response to Simon Kemp, the National Codes Administrator at

You can also complete the online consultation survey here:

Full details of the consultation can be found here.