You could be exempt from paying council tax if:
• You're a full time student living in a property on your own.
• You're a full time student living in a property solely with other full time students.
You could be entitled to a 25% discount on your council tax if:
• All residents are full time students except one other adult who is not a student.
If two or more non-students occupy a property then there is no reduction.
In most cases, it’s the people who are non-students that are liable to pay the council tax.
A student’s non-British partner or dependant is also not included when we count the number of adults living in your home. To qualify they should be prevented from working or claiming benefits, as set out in the terms of leave to enter or remain in the UK; and not be a British citizen.
We will need to see a copy of the appropriate visa or document of entry to the UK when you apply for a discount or exemption.
If any of the following circumstances apply to you, a member of your household or your property then you may able to claim a discount or exemption.
Full time students attending college or university
To qualify you must be undertaking a full-time or qualifying course at a Prescribed Educational Establishment. A full-time course is one:
• Which lasts for at least one academic year at the educational establishment concerned;
• Where attendance is required for periods of at least 24 weeks in the academic year; and
• Which involves at least 21 hours a week during term time for periods of study, tuition, work experience or a combination of these.
A Qualifying Course is one:
• Where the person undertaking it is under 20 years of age
• The course lasts for more than 3 months; is more than 12 hours per week; is not a course of higher education or a correspondence course and is not undertaken as a consequence of employment (I.e. day release)
• Attendance must be between 8.00am and 5.30pm
If you are a student at Birmingham or Aston University, confirmation of your student status is sent directly to us. However, you will still need to complete an application form to apply for a discount or an exemption.
For all other educational establishments we will need to see your student certificate when you apply for a discount or an exemption.
Nursing and midwifery students, including those on pre-registration undergraduate courses and post-registration health visitor training, count as students. For discount purposes a student nurse means a person undertaking a course which if successfully completed, would lead to registration under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997.Student nurses taking traditional hospital based training do not count as students.
PHD students are exempt from Council Tax; but not for an open ended period, if they meet the criteria of a full-time student.
Foreign language assistants
To qualify you must be registered with the Central Bureau for educational visits and exchanges; and appointed in a school or other educational institution in the UK.
We will need to see the appropriate student certificate or Central Bureau registration certificate when you apply for a discount or exemption.
School and college leavers under the age of 20
An 18 0r 19 year old that has left school or college after 30 April will not be included until 1 November of the same year.
To qualify, their education course must not have been any higher than A level or equivalent.
If they go on to further or higher education they may continue to be eligible for a discount.
Student halls of residence
Halls of residence are exempt if they are occupied by students and owned and managed by an educational establishment.
A property left unoccupied by a student owner
Properties left unoccupied by a student owner may be exempt from paying Council tax.
Please note: the following are not classed as students and are therefore liable for Council Tax:
- people studying at evening classes or
- courses taken in connection with a person's job, such as day release