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Student exemptions and discounts

Student exemptions and discounts

Find out if you can pay less council tax if you're a full-time student.

Who could get a discount or exemption

You can get a discount or be exempt if:

  • everyone in the property is a full-time student you may not have to pay any council tax
  • only some people are full-time students you’ll have to pay but might get a discount

If you live in a student hall provided by your university or college then you don't need to apply.

Apply for a student discount or exemption 

Before you start

You'll need the:

  • address and postcode of the property
  • names of all adults over 18 living at the property
  • date each person moved in
  • student number or certificate for each student
  • date of birth for students under 20 years old

After you've applied

After you complete the online student discount form you may be asked to upload student certificates. 

You can upload any student certificates using our Council Tax enquiry form.

What is a full-time student

If you’re over 20 years old, then your course(s) must:
 
  • last at least 24 weeks
  • involve at least 21 hours study a week
  • be at a recognised educational establishment

If you’re under 20, then your course(s) must:

  • last at least 3 months
  • involve at least 12 hours study per week