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The Student Accommodation Code

Many first year students choose to live in university managed accommodation and to ensure this is of a good standard, Universities UK and GuildHE created the Student Accommodation Code

Introduced in 2006, the code has raised standards of accommodation and aims to continue to do so across student accommodation in England and Wales. 

At St Mary's, we are commited to providing quality accommodation for our students and have signed up to the Student Accommodation Code for University owned and managed accommodation. Just search St Mary's University in the search bar and select your halls of residence for more information. 

The Code outlines everything you should expect from your University Accommodation as well as your responsibilities as a tenant.

• A healthy, safe environment – the code ensure your accommodation is signed up to all necessary health and safety standards.• Repairs and maintenance – the code states that the University is responsible for ensuring your accommodation is in a good state of repair and that you know how to report any issues.• Clean, pleasant living environment – the code states that your accommodation should offer good heating, lighting, hot water and ventilation.• A formal, contractual relationship with the landlord – the code states that as a tenant, you should have a formal contract with the university.• Access to health and wellbeing – the code states that the University should give information and support in regards to your health and wellbeing.• A living environment free from anti-social behaviour – the code states that the University should have procedures in place to help make sure everyone is treated with respect.

Accommodation that is signed up to The Code gets independently audited every 3 years to ensure it continues meeting its high standards.

If you have any questions, please contact the Accommodation Service by emailing