Grade 1 Housing Standard

Grade 2

For a house to be classed as Grade 1, it must have all of the following attributes:


  • All rooms must have minimum ceiling height of 1.5m in all rooms (at lowest point)
  • Fitted carpets/wooden flooring/tiling must be provided to all floors
  • Carpet or other soft floor covering on staircases
  • All rooms must have curtains or blinds at windows
  • Suitable light fittings or lamp shades in every room
  • Two double 13 amp electrical sockets in every habitable room
  • All staircases (including cellar) have handrails
  • Internet access communally or in each study bedroom
  • Habitable rooms have fixed heating appliances capable of maintaining a room temperature of approximately 21° Celsius
  • All habitable rooms have adequate electrical lighting with conveniently located switches
  • Staircases have light switches at the top and bottom of every flight
  • All habitable rooms have an area of clear glazing in an external wall as part of a window or door

Communal areas (cellars cannot be used as living areas)

  • Kitchens must be a minimum of 5m2 for 1-3 bedroom house
  • 6m2 for a 4 bedroom house
  • 7m2 for a 5 bedroom house
  • Living rooms/Dining rooms must be 8.5m2 for a 1-3 bedroom house
  • 11m2 for a 4-6 bedroom house
  • Dining/Kitchens must be 10m2 for a 1-3 bedroom house
  • 11m2 for a 4-6 bedroom house
  • Washable suitable floor covering (not carpet) in all bathrooms and kitchens
  • Adequate lounge suite or easy chairs per occupant
  • Mechanical ventilation or extractor fan in kitchen and bathroom
  • Cooker with four rings/hotplates, oven with a separate grill compartment
  • Fridge and freezer with sufficient storage for number of tenants
  • One single food storage cupboard (not under sink) for each tenant
  • Sufficient and easily cleanable work surfaces convenient to sink and cooker
  • Easily cleanable sink and drainer, sufficient supply of hot and cold water and efficient mains drainage
  • Modern vacuum cleaner, mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Plumbing for washing machine
  • Bath/shower rooms provide sufficient drying, changing and storage space for no of tenants
  • Constant hot and cold water in bathroom
  • Bathroom has smooth, non absorbent and easily cleanable walls and ceilings
  • Shower curtain replaced annually
  • Separate toilets also have wash hand basins in the same area
  • Toilet roll holder and toilet brush (replaced each year)
  • Windows in bathroom and toilet have obscured glass

Bedrooms (no staircase, landing, bathroom or kitchen can be used as a sleeping area)

  • Modern single bed and mattress (at least 1.98m x 0.91m)
  • Study desk large enough for computer monitor, open lever arch file and working space
  • Office style study chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Bookshelves suitable for A4 lever arch files
  • Soft seating (where no communal area)


  • Where locks are provided to bedroom doors- they can be opened from the inside without a key (thumb turn)
  • All exterior doors have at least three fixing points (locks to be keyless on the inside)
  • Patio doors have three point locking and anti-lift device

Health and Safety

  • Hard wired, interlinked smoke detectors, at least one on each floor and a heat sensor in the kitchen (and cellar where applicable)
  • Protected fire escape route by means of fire escape windows or fire doors/close fitting solid doors and thumb turn locks on external doors.
  • Fire blanket, wall mounted in or near kitchen
  • Soft furnishings meet current fire resistance standards

Grade 2 Housing Standard

Grade 2

For a house to be classed as Grade 2, it must have all of the Grade 1 attributes,
as well as all of the following:

  • Located within 15 minutes walk of a campus entrance
  • Neutral decoration
  • Modern and high standard furniture
  • Washing machine provided
  • Double or 1.21m beds in larger bedrooms


In addition it will have at least two of the following additional features:



  • Rent inclusive of gas, electricity and water
  • Full Double Glazing
  • Internet charges included
  • Discounted Summer rent
  • Off street parking
  • Garden furniture

Communal areas

  • Tumble dryer provided
  • Dishwasher provided
  • Large communal TV (with TV licence)
  • Satellite/cable television package
  • Electrical kitchen appliances (kettle/toaster/microwave)
  • Bath and shower


  • All En-suite rooms
  • Wash hand basin in each room


  • Locks on all individual study bedrooms (must be able to exit room without key)
  • Burglar alarm
  • Security lighting to all external doors
  • Door entry system

Health and Safety

  • Fire extinguishers