Council Tax

Are all students exempt from council tax?

Students who are studying on a full time course are generally exempt from paying Council Tax and the rules for qualifying are available on your local Council Office website:

I am repeating modules this year, will I still be exempt?

Students who are repeating outstanding modules from the previous year of study (who have not been allowed to progress to the next stage of the course) might be liable for payment during the repeat period. It can be the case that personal circumstances do not fit these rules and in these cases the student should contact the council direct.

How do I apply for council tax exemption?

Please refer to your local Council Office Website for an exemption form.

If you require written confirmation of your full time study, then please complete the following form:

I have applied for exemption but am still receiving council tax bills. What should I do?

Please contact your local Council Office directly for advice.

When does my exemption start?

Student Property Exemption is generally applied from the commencement of the course. This is most often the official start of the academic session and does not include any induction or registration periods. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for information on official start dates.

When does my exemption end – when I finish my course or when I graduate?

Council Tax exemption ceases when a student is no longer studying on an active full time basis. This usually refers to the official course end date, not the graduation date.

I share a house with non-students – will I have to pay council tax?

Most full time students who share accommodation with non-students or with part-time students will not be liable for payment, regardless of the status of their flatmates. 

Council Tax regulations are complicated. It can be the case that personal circumstances do not fit these rules and in these cases the student should contact the council direct.

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