Students

We do not count some students when looking at the number of people living in a property for council tax purposes.

We consider three categories of student. For our purposes, you are a student if you are:

1. Doing a full-time course of further or higher education at a university or any other college
2. Under the age of 20 and doing a part-time course that is not higher education
3. Working as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational institute

Category 1 - full-time student

This is a student, who is doing a full-time course of further or higher education at a university or any other college.

By full time course, we mean one that:

  • Lasts at least one academic or calendar year
  • Normally requires an average of at least 21 hours a week study, tuition or work experience (whether at university or college or somewhere else) for at least 24 weeks in each academic or calendar year

If you are doing a full-time course of further or higher education at a university or any other college in any member state of the European Union and your only or main home is in England or Wales, you may qualify as a student for council tax purposes.

Category 2 - student under the age of 20

This is a student who is under the age of 20 years and who is doing a course, which:

  • Is not full-time
  • Lasts at least three months
  • Mainly provides tuition other than through correspondence
  • Requires at least 12 hours a week of supervised study, exercise, experiment, project or practical work, normally carried out between 8am and 5.30pm
  • Leads to a qualification up to A level, ONC or OND standard (that is, not higher education)

Category 3 - foreign language assistant

This is someone who is working as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational institute in Great Britain and is registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges as a foreign language assistant. This is a very narrowly defined category and would not normally extend, for example, to au pairs.

To apply for a council tax discount

You will need to get a council tax student certificate from the administration office of the school, college or university you are attending, as proof of your student status.

The certificate should be on the headed stationery of the school, college or university and should give the:

  • Name and address of the school, college or university
  • Name of the student
  • Student's date of birth
  • Name of course being studied
  • Start and end date of course
  • Hours of study (for example, full-time, 21 hours a week)

Please send or email us the council tax student certificate using the contact details on this page.

 
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