Last updated
27 Feb 2022

Is there anyone else staying at this address?

Everyone staying at your address must be included in your questionnaire.

More guidance is available to help to decide whether to include someone as usually living at your address or visiting or staying on the night of 20 March 2022.

Why is this question asked?

Knowing about other people who are staying at your address on 20 March 2022 helps us to make sure we have counted everyone.

Check guidance for:

Newborn babies, children and students

People who may not be at their usual address on census night or who have no permanent address

People from outside the UK or who have an address outside the UK

Addresses that are not a permanent or family home

Newborn babies, children and students

Newborn babies

Include babies born on or before 20 March 2022 even if they are still in hospital and have not yet returned home.

Do not include babies born after 20 March 2022.

Children with parents who live apart

Record children with parents who live apart as usually living at the address where they spend the most time. At this address, answer all relevant individual questions for these children.

Children with parents who live apart may spend an equal amount of time at each parent’s address. In this case, use the address where they are on the night of 20 March 2022.

Your child may be staying with you on the night of 21 March 2021 but does not stay with you most of the time. If so, record them as visiting or staying on the night of 21 March 2021. 

Students and schoolchildren who live away from home during term-time

Include all students and schoolchildren who live away from home during term-time as usually living at both addresses.

At their home address include them in the household questions and in some of the individual questions. Follow the instructions in the questionnaire.

At their term-time address include them in the household questions and in all  relevant individual questions. 

Children at boarding school

You may have children who stay at boarding school during the school term. If so, include them as usually living at their permanent or family home address.

Children who usually stay at boarding school for three nights or fewer per week in term-time: record their permanent or family home address as their term-time address. 

Include them in the household questions and in all relevant individual questions. They do not need to complete a census questionnaire at their school address.

Children who usually stay at boarding school for four or more nights per week: include them in the household questions and in some of the individual questions. Follow the instructions in the questionnaire. They will also be included in a census questionnaire at their school address.

People who may not be at their usual address on census night or who have no permanent address

People temporarily away from home

Someone who usually lives at your address may be away on the night of 20 March 2022. If so, include these people as usually living at your address if it is their permanent or family home. Include them in the household questions and answer individual questions about these people.

This includes people who are:

  • staying, or expecting to stay, somewhere like a hospital, care home or hostel, for less than six months
  • living away from home while working, on holiday or travelling (unless outside the UK for 12 months or more)
  • members of the Armed Forces
  • staying at their second address
  • visiting friends or relatives; or
  • in prison on remand (for less than six months), awaiting sentence, or sentenced to less than 12 months in prison

Do not include anyone who is:

  • staying, or expecting to stay, somewhere like a hospital, care home or hostel, for six months or more; or
  • in prison on remand for six months or more, or convicted and sentenced to 12 months or more

These people will be included in the census questionnaire at the place they are staying.

People with more than one address in the UK

You or a member of your household may have more than one address in the UK.

If so, include them as usually living at their permanent or family home, even if they are not there on 20 March 2022.

People staying at their second address on the night of 20 March 2022 must also be included at that second address. At that address they should be included as visiting or staying on the night of 20 March 2022.

People who do not have a permanent or family home address they must be included as usually living at the address where they spend the most time.

People with no permanent or family home address

Include people with no permanent or family home address as usually living at the address where they spend the most time.

If there is not an address where they spend most time, include them at the address they are staying at on the night of 20 March 2022.

People who work in your home

A person may stay at your address because they work there. For example:

  • a carer
  • a housekeeper
  • a personal assistant 

Include them as usually living at your address if:

  • your address is their permanent or family home address or 
  • they do not have a permanent or family home address and this is the address where they spend the most time

They may have their own kitchen and living space and, in some cases, their own postal address. In this case, they must complete a separate questionnaire.

If they do not receive instructions from us on how to complete a separate questionnaire, contact us. Our team will arrange to have this information sent to them.

Record anyone staying on the night of 20 March 2022 who does not think of your address as their usual home as visiting or staying at your address.

They must also complete a questionnaire at their usual address.

No-one is staying at this address on the night of 20 March 2022

You and everyone else at your address may be away on 20 March 2022. If so, complete the questionnaire as soon as possible when you come back.

Complete the questionnaire as if you had been at the address on the night of 20 March 2022.

If you are staying at another address in the UK, make sure you are included as visiting or staying at that address on the night of 20 March 2022.

All of the people staying here on 20 March 2022 usually live somewhere else

All the people staying at this address on 20 March 2022 may usually live somewhere else. If so, include all these people as staying or visiting on the night of 20 March 2022.

Do not record anyone as usually living at this address. You must answer some questions about these people and about the accommodation. Follow the instructions in the questionnaire.

Answering on paper

If all the people staying at this address on 20 March 2022 usually live somewhere else, write zero for question H2, and answer H4 and H5.

Then answer questions H7 to H10 on page 6 and questions V1 to V4 on the back page. The householder must print their name below their signature on page 1.

People from outside the UK or who have an address outside the UK

People from outside the UK

How you record someone from outside the UK depends on how long they will be here for.

People who will be in the UK for six months or more: include them as usually living at the address where they usually stay in the UK. They must be included in the household questions and individual questions.

People who will be in the UK for less than six months: include them as a visitor at the address they are staying at on the night of 20 March.

Answering on paper

Include people who will be in the UK for less than six months in questions H4, H5 and V1 to V4.

People who spend time at an address outside the UK

You or a member of your household may spend time at an address outside the UK. Include these people at their permanent or family home address in the UK unless they intend to remain outside the UK for 12 months or more.

If they do not have a permanent or family home address, included them as usually living at the address where they spend the most time.

Addresses that are not permanent or family home

No-one is currently living or staying at this address

If no-one usually lives at the address, answer questions about the accommodation. Follow the instructions in the questionnaire.

Answering on paper

If no-one usually lives at the address, and no-one is staying on the night of 20 March 2022, the householder must answer questions H7 to H10 on page 6. They must print their name below their signature on page 1.

The options offered do not fit my household.  How do I answer?

Some household questions include examples of the type of people who you should include as usually living at your address. The lists are not complete and some categories may overlap. Include anyone who fits into one or more of these examples. Use the guidance on this page to help you decide how to include someone.

Answering on paper

If someone in your household fits into more than one category you can tick more than one box. For example, someone may be both a student and a family member. Only count this person once in your answer to question H2 that follows.

Why is this question asked?

This question helps you decide who to include in your census questionnaire.

Who should answer this question?

The householder or joint householder should answer this question.

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