Council Tax Discount for Students in England

Council Tax discount is applicable for all students in England that study full time.

There are some conditions you need to cover in order to to be fully exempt or to get a council tax discount. First of all your course should last at least 1 year. Secondly, you must attend lectures 21 hours per week. If you study for a qualification up to A-level and you’re under 20 years old, your course must last at least 3 months, including at least 12 hours of study per week. Student halls of residence are automatically exempt.

Who has to pay a Council Tax?

Properties that are wholly occupied by a full-time university or college students do not need to pay any council tax!

You will receive a Council Tax bill if there’s someone in your household who is not in further education. However, your household might still qualify for a discount.

When you apply for an exemption or Council Tax you need to prove that you're a full-time student. You can ask for a certificate from your university or college which must provide it unless more than a year has passed since your course finished.

You’ll usually have to pay Council Tax if you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home. A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying the bill. You’ll get 25% off your bill if you count as an adult for Council Tax and either:

  • you live on your own
  • no-one else in your home counts as an adult

You’ll usually get a 50% discount if no-one living in your home, including you, counts as an adult.

Who does not count as an adult?

Children under 18 or 18 and 19-year-olds in full-time education are not counted as adults for Council Tax. The list includes also young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency and student nurses.

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