For council tax purpose, a person is a student if they are:

  • Attending a university, polytechnic or college course which lasts for at least 24 weeks a year and involves at least 21 hours of attended study a week during term time.
  • Under 20 years of age, studying for more than three months and at least 12 hours per week for any qualification up to an A Level, ONC or OND standard. Correspondence courses, or courses taken in connection with a job, such as day release, are not included.

In a property where one resident is a non student, regardless of the number of students who also live there, the non student will be solely liable for payment of 75% of the whole charge. If there are 2 or more non students then they will be jointly and severally liable for the full charge. The students will be disregarded for council tax purposes.

Claim student exemption

If you wish to claim student exemption/disregard or need further advice on a specific case or set of circumstances then please complete an online form. Please provide evidence of student status by providing a copy of your student certificate supplied by the establishment to which you are enrolled. This evidence can be uploaded with the online form.