If you’re a student or a young person under 20 you may be eligible for a student council tax reduction or exemption.
You can apply for a student or young person reduction for any of the following reasons.
If you are a student and everyone living with you is a student you can apply for a council tax exemption.
You’ll qualify for this exemption if all occupants are students or:
- students and their non-British spouses or dependants
- students and occupants that are severely mentally impaired
If you are living with both students and non-students you may be eligible for a council tax reduction.
You can get a 25% discount if all of your housemates are students but one.
You may be eligible for a council tax reduction if you are the only adult living in your home.
If everyone in your home is under 18, you can apply for an exemption.
If you're under 20 and have left school, you could be eligible for a council tax reduction.
To qualify, you must have finished a course of education within the period after 30 April and before 1 November in the year the application has been applied for.
If you're a student nurse, you could be eligible for a council tax reduction.
A student nurse is someone who is not on a full-time course but is studying in order to become registered under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979 for the first time.
If you're receiving child benefit for someone aged over 18, and are the only other resident you can claim a discount.
You must be able to provide proof that child benefit can be claimed for you.
You can apply for a discount if you’re an apprentice or a youth trainee.
An apprentice is someone who is:
- employed to learn a trade, business, profession, or vocation
- in a training programme leading to a qualification accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
- paid substantially less than you would receive once qualified and no more than £195 a week
A youth trainee is someone who:
- is under 25 years old
- and is training under an individual training plan funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
Eligibility for student reductions
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.