Council Tax is a charge made by Local Authorities to all households within their borough. The value of the property and the number of residents within it will generally determine how much is charged from year to year. It funds services such as libraries, refuse collection, policing and fire services.
It can prove to be an expensive bill, but fortunately most full-time students don’t have to pay it. This is called ‘Council Tax Exemption’.
Who is exempt?
Full-time students are exempt, and to count as full-time for purposes of Council Tax Exemption, your course must:
- Last at least 1 calendar or academic year, where you’re required to undertake the course for at least 24 weeks out of the year;
- Normally require at least 21 hours of study, tuition or work experience per week during term time.
In addition to the information here, we recommend referring to guidance about student status in our article Understanding student status: what does my status mean for me?
You will need to get a Confirmation of Study letter and provide this to your council/local authority.
Make sure you have read through all the information in this article; it should address the majority of questions about Council Tax.