Persons per room, number in household

Mnemonic reference (code): PPROOMHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The number of persons per room is equal to the number of usual residents in a household divided by the number of rooms in that 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





Up to 0.5 persons per room


Over 0.5 and up to 1.0 persons per room


Over 1.0 and up to 1.5 persons per room


Over 1.5 persons per room


No code required

Total number of categories: 5

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

Source variables PPROOMHUK11 is derived from:

ROOMS (Primary variable)

SIZHUK11 (Primary variable)

TERMIND (Primary variable)


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