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I'm a student - do I have to pay?

If all of the occupiers of a home are students, the dwelling is completely exempt from council tax. If all but one of the occupiers is a student, a 25% discount is granted on the council tax bill.

Who qualifies?

To qualify as a student for council tax purposes, a person must either be:

A foreign language assistant

The person must be registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits & Exchanges and be appointed as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational institution in Great Britain.

Undertaking a full-time course of education

The person must be enrolled for the purpose of attending a full-time course with a prescribed educational establishment. A full-time course is one which:

  • subsists for at least one academic year
  • requires attendance for at least 24 weeks in each year
  • requires study, tuition or work experience for an average of 21 hours per week

Undertaking a qualifying course of education

The person must be:

  • under 20 years old
  • not undertaking a course of full-time education

The course must:

  • be for more than three months
  • be for more than 12 hours per week
  • not be a course of higher education
  • not be a correspondence course
  • not be undertaken in connection with a job
  • involve tuition/studies between 8am and 5.30pm

How to apply 

You will need to get a student certificate from your university or college and send it to us with a completed application form.

QMU Students

Please note that if you are studying at Queen Mary University of London you do not have to provide a student certificate, as your information will be passed directly to us by the University, but you will still need to complete the online application.

If you are a student at Queen Mary University of London you can complete the application form.