Census 2021: It’s time to fill in your form today
Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
We want to make sure that all Sussex students are aware of Census 2021, run by the Office for National Statistics. 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. Completing the census is a way to make a difference that will benefit the student community for years to come.
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. This information is protected by law – see more information about data protection and the census.
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.
Census Day is Sunday 21 March, but you can fill yours in now.
We understand your circumstances may have changed during the 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 www.census.gov.uk/students. There's 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.