Council tax exemptions and reductions for students
The full council tax bill assumes that there are two adults residing in a dwelling. If there are students living in the household you may be entitled to a discount.
- Vacation periods
- How to apply
- Help applying online
- Changes in circumstances
To qualify for an exemption or disregard, you must:
- be taking a full-time course of education in the EU in a further or higher education establishment. The course must last at least one year and must require the student to undertake periods of study, tuition or work experience which together amount to at least 21 hours per week for at least 24 weeks in each year.
- be under 20 years of age and attending a course which lasts more than three calendar months and involves at least 12 hours attendance per week between 8.00am and 5.30pm. The course must not be undertaken by correspondence or part of the person's job nor must it be a course of higher education.
The table below will help in calculating how much you may need to pay depending on your situation:
Number of adults in household
Number who are students
How much tax will you need to pay?
100% charge as still more than 2 adults in household
100% charge as still 2 adults in household
75% charge as only one adult counted
Nothing to pay - household exempt
- Exemptions – if you have an ‘exemption’ it means there is no council tax to pay (this happens when all people living in the property are students)
- Disregards – if a person is ‘disregarded’ it means they are not counted when it comes to the calculating your final council tax bill (full-time students are in the ‘disregarded’ category)
- Student - see here for a definition of what a student is
The person will continue to be exempt throughout the whole period of their course, which includes vacations between terms.
An exemption will be given for as long as all the adults in the property are students. If somebody else moves in or ceases to be a student, the exemption will stop – but you may still be entitled to a disregard.
It's quicker if you do this online.
You can register for student exemption via My Account:
Apply by post
To apply by post, please download, complete and return by post, a council tax class N exemption application form (PDF, 18KB). Please note you must enclose a copy of your student certificate.
To apply for a exemption or reduction you must register your council tax details to your My Account before completing the Student Exemption form.
To prove that you are a full time student you will need to upload your student certificate. This can be a scan or a photo of the document in any of the following formats – JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, PDF or HEIF. Note we cannot accept Word documents.
Please note there is a file size limit of 10MB – documents larger than this will not be accepted by the system. You can reduce the file size of images by using one of the many online tools available (just type ‘free online image compression’ into your search engine) or through the programs you regularly use on your computer/tablet/phone (look for ‘save as’ or ‘export’ and select any reduced file size options you may see).
If you experience any problems using My Account or the exemption form then please email email@example.com
Use our online change of circumstances form to tell us about your changes. Failure to do so may result in a penalty being imposed.
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