Full time students
If all the residents of a household are disregarded because they are students, they will be entitled to a full council tax exemption.
If both students and non-students live in a property, there can still be reductions in the council tax. This will depend on the number of non-students living in the household.
If there is one non-student who does not fall into another disregard category, a 25% discount can apply.
If there are two or more people who are not students and who do not fall into another disregard category, no discount is awarded, and the full amount of council tax is payable. In these cases, the non-student members of the household will be responsible to pay the council tax.
The student will still be liable if he is the only person responsible to pay the council tax.
What we consider to be a full time student
You'll usually be considered a full-time student for council tax purposes if you are a:
- student undertaking a course of study at an educational establishment in England, Wales or Member State of the European Union, lasting at least one academic year and studies for at least 24 weeks in that academic year, involving at least 21 hours of study per week during term-time.
- student nurses who is undertaking a course at a college of nursing and midwifery or college of health and if successful would lead to your first inclusion on the register maintained under section 10 of the Nurses Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979.
- student undertaking a qualifying course who is under 20 years of age and whose course leads to a qualification up to (but not above) A level standard or equivalent - lasts for more than three months and involves more than 12 hours of study per week and the relevant activities of the course are conducted between 8:00am and 5:30pm.
How to apply
You can apply for this exemption or disregard online.
Apply for student disregard or exemption online