Communal establishments : Overview

A communal establishment is a place providing managed residential accommodation. "Managed" here means full-time or part-time supervision of the accommodation.

Examples of communal establishments include:

  • university halls of residence and boarding schools
  • care homes, hospitals, hospices and maternity units
  • hotels, guest houses, hostels and B&Bs, all with residential accommodation for seven or more guests
  • prisons and other secure facilities
  • Single Living Accommodation (SLA) in military bases
  • staff accommodation
  • religious establishments

Communal establishments don't include sheltered accommodation, serviced apartments, nurses' accommodation and houses rented to students by private landlords. These are considered to be households.