In essence, Campus Accommodation is provided by educational establishments for their students and is available to visitors (individuals, families or groups) at certain times of the year. The establishment provides overnight sleeping accommodation in separate bedrooms and a service for the regular cleaning of visitors’ bedrooms, bathrooms and public areas.
Basic Guide to starting a Campus Accommodation Business
It is not just young people who stay in Campus Accommodation, but people from all walks of life and every corner of the world. Campus Accommodation provides a great way to meet new people and experience new things, which is why they appeal to such a diverse range.
More frequently, Campus Accommodation also receives people who are looking for a quick, inexpensive place to stay without the cost or formality of other types of accommodation.
What is Campus Accommodation?
What is Certification and why is it required?
Tourism legislation requires all tourism/visitor accommodation to hold a current Tourism Northern Ireland (NI) certificate. This involves a visit to the property from a member of Tourism NI’s certification team, who will inspect the property to ensure it meets certification requirements. Under current legislation, a statutory (legal) inspection of the premises is undertaken every four years. A certificate issued by Tourism NI, following this inspection, is valid for four years.
How do I apply?
Applications can be submitted online at https://forms.tourismni.com/Forms/, accompanied by a fee. At the time of printing, £20 is payable for every room you intend to let, subject to a minimum fee of £80 and a maximum of £200. Payment and application can also be made by post by downloading and completing the application form here.
You can also request an application pack by contacting the Quality & Standards team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 90 441545. When a completed application form and fee are received, a member of Tourism NI’s inspection team will contact you to arrange a suitable time and date for the visit.
Minimum and Recommended Criteria
The requirements and recommendations set out here are intended for guidance; they are not comprehensive.
During an inspection you will be advised on matters specific to your property, however, inspections do not cover all aspects of tourist accommodation; it is the responsibility of all certified operators/owners to make every reasonable effort to ensure that visitors enjoy a safe and secure stay.
As part of your duty of care to visitors, you should remain vigilant of potential risk to visitors and of how you describe your premises in marketing and promotion.