Rooms, number of

Mnemonic reference (code): ROOMS

Type: Primary variable

Definition: The number of rooms in a household’s accommodation. The definition of a room does not include bathrooms, toilets, halls or landings, or rooms that can only be used for storage. All other rooms, for example kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, utility rooms, studies and conservatories are counted. If two rooms have been converted into one they are counted as one room. Rooms shared between a number of households, for example a shared kitchen, are not counted.

Applicability: Household

Classification:

Code

Name

01-99

1-99 room(s)

XX

No code required

Total number of categories: 100

Not applicable category (XX) comprises: Household spaces with no usual residents.

Source question:

Image of Scottish question 8 from 2011

Reason for asking: This information is used to help central and local government assess changes in overcrowding. It provides data to help identify households in unsuitable accommodation, to tackle deprivation, develop appropriate housing policies, plan future housing provision and allocate resources.

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons:

The England & Wales (2011) question is identical to that in Scotland in 2011. The 2001 Scotland question was also the same and fully comparable.

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons:

The England & Wales (2011) question is identical to that in Scotland in 2011. The 2001 Scotland question was also the same however the 2011 data for rooms per person is not included in a standard table.  However, the rooms per person data for both 2001 and 2011 are provided in Table A1 from the release 2C section of the downloadable files page.

Tables:

To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.