9. During term time, where do you usually live?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing local and central government to plan services and set aside resources for your area. They base their plans on the number of people living in your area at different times of the year, so it's important that they know where you live during term time. For example, the demand for student accommodation affects the overall need for housing in your area.

The census first asked this question in 1991.

Term time is the part of the year when classes, lectures or exams are held in places of education, such as schools, colleges and universities. These could be in person or online.

When asked for your address, please give your term-time address.

What we mean by "term-time address"

A term-time address is an address that you intended to stay at regularly during term time in this academic year, even if you're not there at the moment.

For example:

  • private rented accommodation or student lodgings near your place of learning that you are paying rent for
  • a hall of residence that you had planned to stay at for this academic year and have a contract for, but you're not there because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Living at home during term time

Many students and schoolchildren live at the same address both in and out of term time and do not have a term-time address. If you’re one of these schoolchildren or students, you should select "At the address on the front of this questionnaire".

Those who don't will usually be students studying away or schoolchildren at boarding schools.

Living away during term time

How to answer this question

On the form about your term-time address

You should complete a form for your term-time address if you stay there most of the time during term time. This applies even if you're currently at home.

If you're completing a form for your term-time address, select "At the address on the front of this questionnaire".

On the form about your home address

Your home address is the place where you live outside of term time. Whoever is completing the household form at home will need to answer this question.

If they or you have already provided your term-time address select "At the address in question 6".

If they or you haven't already provided this address then select "At another address".

Important information:

Students and children who live away during term time will be counted at their term-time address and at their home address. Our processes take into account that students may be counted in both locations.