The Quieter Halls Badge

When you see the Quieter Halls badge displayed on a listing, it means the accommodation has met a specific set of criteria that shows it supports and accommodates quieter living. It’s not to say that this accommodation is entirely silent (that would be unreasonable!), but it shows that the accommodation supports students with quieter living and working spaces. If you’d like to find out more about how Quieter Halls-labelled listings are supporting quieter living, contact the accommodation directly to find out more details. If you are a provider looking to become accredited then please contact us using We have developed the criteria for the Quieter Halls badge with Dr Dominique Thompson. She is a national student health expert and former Director of the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service, as well as authored a series of pocket guides around student wellbeing. Quieter Halls badge Criteria: Accommodation must meet all of the following criteria, to be eligible for Quieter Halls badge:
  • A commitment to ‘quiet living’ provision as part of its ethos- overt mention of this on website or in residents’ paperwork
  • Quiet ‘policy’/terms, or guidelines around noise curfews- such policies should clearly define quiet hours, for example 24/7 or 23:00-08:00, as well as clarifying the expectation of residents, staff and visitors to respect the policy.
  • Clear guidance in particular on visitors, and whether or not they are allowed in quiet zones, and if so the expectations of them to similarly abide by the guidance
  • 24/7 contact for instances of noise disturbance to ensure ease of resolution of complaints, or concerns about noise, and clarity provided on consequences of not adhering to policy for students or visitors
  • Generally quiet building surroundings/area, or with low-level noise pollution
    • E.g locations such as those close to the Students’ Union, concert venues, public transport hubs and main traffic thoroughfares would not be considered suitable
    • Buildings positioned next to sources of what is considered sustained or continued noise, will not be suitable
  • At least one communal designated quiet area/quiet study area for working and academic study or reading
  • Designated quiet floors/OR rooms/OR accommodation for students who ask specifically for it
  • Consideration of other student requests relating to quieter living spaces- accommodating requests where possible
    • For example, alcohol-free areas or rooms
  • Double glazed windows