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BS9251 In Student Accommodation Building

Is Student Accommodation Up To The Standards Of BS9251?

Student accommodation in the UK has come under scrutiny in recent years for not meeting the standards set out by BS9251, the British Standard for Code of Practice for the Provision of Student Housing. The standard, which was first introduced in 2013, sets out guidelines for the provision of safe, secure, and comfortable student housing. However, many student accommodation providers have been found to fall short of these standards.

Where Are There Fire Safety Regulation Gaps In Student Housing?

One of the key areas of concern is the lack of fire safety in student accommodation. Many student buildings have been found to have inadequate fire safety measures. Examples include faulty alarms and insufficient escape routes.  Thereby, not complying to Bs9251 guidelines. In addition, many student accommodation providers have been found to be in violation of building regulations, with issues such as overcrowding and poor insulation.


Another area of concern is the quality of the accommodation itself. Many students have complained about poor living conditions, with issues such as damp, mold, and pests. In addition, many student accommodation providers have been found to be in violation of health and safety regulations, with issues such as poor sanitation and inadequate heating.


The lack of regulation in the student accommodation sector has also been identified as a major problem. Unlike the hotel and private rental sectors, student accommodation is not subject to mandatory inspections or licensing. This lack of oversight has allowed many student accommodation providers to operate without being held accountable for their actions.

What Has Been Done To Resolve This?

The government has taken steps to address these issues, with the introduction of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 which requires landlords to ensure their properties are fit for human habitation. However, this legislation only applies to privately rented accommodation, and does not cover student accommodation.


In addition, the government has also introduced the Student Accommodation Rating System (STARS), which aims to provide students with information on the quality of accommodation they are considering. However, STARS is voluntary and many student accommodation providers have not signed up to it.


Things To Take Away

In conclusion, it is clear that student accommodation in the UK is not currently up to the standards set out by BS9251. The lack of fire safety, poor living conditions, and lack of regulation have all contributed to the problem. While the government has taken steps to address these issues, more needs to be done. Ensuring that students are provided with safe, secure, and comfortable accommodation. This includes mandatory inspections and licensing of student accommodation, as well as increased oversight to ensure that student accommodation providers are held accountable for their actions.

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