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Council tax reductions for students and young people

To be classed as a student for council tax purposes a person must be:

  • Undertaking a fulltime course of higher education within a prescribed establishment. The course must last at least one year and involve at least an average 21 hours per week for at least 24 weeks in the year or
  • Under 20 years of age and undertaking a course which lasts more than three calendar months and involves at least 12 hours per week
  • The educational establishment must be situated in a member state of the European Union and established solely or mainly for the purpose of providing further or higher education and
  • The student must supply a council tax student certificate issued by the college or university. A certificate of enrolment or a notification of grant award letter is not acceptable

All occupants are students

If all occupants of a property are students, you may be exempt from paying council tax. To qualify

  • The property must be occupied only by students or their non British spouse or dependants and
  • Each student in the property must provide a student certificate

If you only have a lease or licence to rent a room in the property, you will not be liable for council tax, your landlord will be.

Complete an exemption form for a property occupied by students.

All but one member of the household are students

When counting the number of adults in a household for the purpose of council tax, students can be disregarded.

If there is only one resident 18 or over who is not a student, a 25% reduction to the council tax bill may apply.

To qualify

  • Each student in the property must provide a student certificate
  • An exemption can also apply where a property is occupied by students and somebody who is classified as severely mentally impaired 

Apply for a discount for a student.

A property left empty by a student

The property must

  • be unoccupied but can be furnished
  • be owned by a student and last occupied by a student. If there were more than one resident, they must all have been students.

In these instances the property may be exempt from council tax.

Complete an exemption form for a property left empty by a student.

Halls of residence

  • If you live in student halls of residence that are owned and managed by an educational institution, these properties are exempt from council tax.

(charitable and agreement where ee nominates majority )

18 year olds still at school (child benefit still paid)

When deciding the number of residents in a property for the purpose of council tax, a person can be disregarded if he or she is over 18 years of age and entitled to have child benefit claimed for them.

If the number of adult occupants who are not disregarded is one or none, a discount may apply.

  • We will request proof of child benefit be sent to us

Complete a discount form for child benefit recipients.

Properties where all occupants are under the age of 18

  • The property must not been occupied by anyone who is 18 years of age or over.
  • It must also be the sole or main home of at least one person under the age of 18.

In these instances the property may be exempt from council tax.

Complete an exemption form for a property occupied by under 18s.

School leavers

When counting the number of residents in a household for the purpose of council tax, a person can be disregarded if he or she is a school leaver.

To qualify, the school leaver must

  • be under 20 years of age
  • have finished a qualifying course of education within the period after 30 April and before 1 November in the year to which the application relates

Complete a discount form for school or college leavers.

Foreign language assistants

Foreign language assistants registered with the British Council are treated like students and can be disregarded when determining the number of adult residents in a household.

Complete a discount form for foreign language assistants.

Advise us if you are no longer entitled to a discount or exemption

If you are no longer entitled to a discount or exemption email ctax@medway.gov.uk