Student council tax discount or exemption

You could be exempt from paying Council Tax if you are:

  • a full time student living in a property on your own
  • 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.

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.

Apply for a student discount online

Full time students attending college or university

To qualify you must be undertaking a full-time or qualifying course at a Prescribed Educational Establishment.

If you are a student at University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University 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.

Student nurses

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.

Apply for a student nurse discount using the student nurses Council Tax discount form.

PhD students

PhD students are exempt from Council Tax if they meet the criteria of a full time student, but not for an open ended period.

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.

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.

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

School and college leavers under the age of 20

For school and college leavers under the age of 20, you will need to apply for a Council Tax discount or exemption using the downloadable form.