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Students and council tax University of Greenwich

As a full-time student  you are personally exempt from paying Council Tax from the month in which your course begins. Depending on where and who you live with however, there may be additional considerations to take into account.

Full time students and Council Tax

Council Tax is a system of local taxation used throughout the UK. It is set by and payable to local councils as a financial contribution to the services they provide, such as rubbish collection, the police and the fire service.

Where you  live when your programme begins

Halls of residence

University halls of residence are automatically exempt from Council Tax, which means that students who live there will not have to prove their student status to be exempt.

Private/council accommodation

If you are eligible to receive a student discount on your Council Tax, you will need to apply for exemption (starting from the month in which your programme begins).

You will need a council tax exemption letter which can be requested online once you are fully registered. You must then send the letter to your local council in order to claim your exemption. Please note that the requirements of local authorities vary; therefore, you are advised to contact your local council to  find out what they need to process your Council Tax exemption discount.

Who you live with

If your household is only comprised of students, you will generally qualify for the full Council Tax exemption.

If you live with another person who is not a full time student, your household could still get a discount. For example, if you live with your partner, you will usually be eligible for a 25% reduction on your Council Tax bill for the period in which you are studying.

If there is more than one non-student in your household you will not usually be eligible for a discount.

Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to check with your local council about the full range of benefits, rebates and tax as these can vary depending on the personal circumstances of the members of your household.

For more information on Council Tax for full time students, including how to apply for an exemption, visit here.

Eligible registered students can apply for a council tax exemption letter here.

Part time students and Council Tax

Council Tax is a system of local taxation used throughout the UK. It is set by and payable to local councils as a financial contribution to the services they provide, such as rubbish collection, the police and the fire brigade.

As a part-time student  you are eligible to pay Council Tax, however, you may qualify for Council Tax Reduction, which is awarded based on your income.

Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to check with your local council about the full range of benefits, rebates and tax as these can vary depending on the personal circumstances of the members of your household.

For more information on Council Tax Reduction, visit here.