Eligibility for student reductions
If you’re a student or a young person under 20 you may be eligible for a student council tax reduction or exemption.
To be classed as a student for tax purposes you must:
- be in fulltime higher education at an educational institution set up to provide further or higher education in the European Union
- be on a course lasting at least one year
- and study at least 21 hours per week, for 24 weeks in the year
You can also be classed as a student if you:
- are under 20 years old
- are on a course lasting more than three months
- study more than 12 hours per week
You’ll need to supply a council tax student certificate issued by the college or university (a certificate of enrolment or a notification of grant award letter won’t be accepted).
Who could be exempt
You may be exempt from council tax if you:
- have a lease or licence to rent a room in a property (your landlord will pay the council tax)
- live in halls of residence owned and managed by an educational institute (class M)
Halls of residence will be automatically exempt and you won’t need to make an application.