The phrase ‘Council Tax’ can be intimidating when approaching it for the first time, but worry not, here’s everything you need to know about council tax as a university student!

What is council tax?


Council tax is a system of tax collected by authorities as a tax on domestic properties. This tax is collected by the council to pay for services such as schools, rubbish collection and roads. Council tax is calculated depending on the valuation band for your home, how much your council charges for this band, and wether you get an exemption.


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Do I have to pay it as a student?


Full-time students are exempt from paying council tax, as you are considered a ‘disregarded person’…as if we didn’t get enough stick for being students already! Look online for a complete list of all people who fall under this bracket. If there is someone who lives in your house who is not a full-time student you will get a council tax bill, however, they may qualify for a discount if they are the only one not in education.


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How can I apply for an exemption?


It will depend on the efficiency of your local council and your university. Some councils will ask you to ring them up with your details, and they’ll organise you exemption online. Other councils will ask for a student status certificate from your university, which you can get from your admissions office, or it might be emailed to you, which you can then pass on to the council.


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