Accommodation warden

Alternative titles for this job include Property manager, hall manager

Accommodation wardens manage the day-to-day running of services like sheltered housing, youth hostels and student flats.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends at short notice

How to become an Accommodation warden

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could take a college course before applying for a job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Facilities Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

More information


You could work as a warden's assistant and become qualified through on-the-job training.

Volunteering and experience

If you want to work with the Youth Hostel Association you could start as a volunteer warden.

Direct application

To apply directly, you'll usually need some GCSEs or equivalent, including English and maths.

You'll also find it helpful to have paid or unpaid experience of working with vulnerable groups and experience of working in a care setting.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • allocating and managing accommodation
  • controlling rent arrears
  • inspecting property and arranging for repairs to be carried out
  • supervising catering, cleaning and maintenance staff
  • looking after the welfare of residents
  • checking on health and safety, and conducting risk assessments
  • working with outside agencies, carers and parents
  • dealing with emergencies

Working environment

You could work in the community or at an adult care home.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become an accommodation manager with responsibility for several centres and wardens. You could also work in housing or block management. 

With further study, you could also work in a related field like social work or counselling.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Property Manager

  • Wage : £270.00 Weekly
  • Location: Wickford SS11 8YB

Housing Options Apprentice Level 2

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: B69 3ES

Courses In England

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF)

  • Provider: Christ The King College
  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: Newport

Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care (VRQ)

  • Provider: The de Ferrers Academy
  • Start date: 05 September 2019
  • Location: Burton on Trent

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