Council Tax discounts for students

Find out about Council Tax discounts available for students and how to apply online.

Households with students

Before claiming a discount, all student households need to register with us for Council Tax and provide student registration details.

If everyone living in your property is a full time student, none of you have to pay Council Tax during your course dates. We'll check these with your place of study. You'll still have to pay Council Tax outside of these dates.

If one person in the property is not a full time student, they have to pay all of the Council Tax for the property. They can still get a 25% student disregard discount if everyone else is a full time student.

If two or more people in the property are not full time students, all non-students are responsible for paying the Council Tax.

Who can apply

To get a Council Tax discount as a full time student, your course must:

  • follow the academic year or in some cases last at least 24 weeks
  • include at least 21 hours of study per week

If you're under 20 years old and doing your A levels or other further education, your course must:

  • last at least 12 weeks
  • include at least 12 hours of study per week

If you've registered for Council Tax at this address, you can apply for a student discount.