Council tax discounts and exemptions

Students and student nurses

Students are disregarded for the period of their course if they are attending a full time course.

If a property is occupied by full-time students the occupants will be disregarded from Council tax and there will be no bill to pay. If all the occupants are full-time students except one the Council tax bill will be reduced by 25%. If there are two or more non-students in a property no student discount will be allowed.

Students who are joint owners or tenants with non-students will not be jointly and severally liable for the Council tax with the other owner or tenants. Their names will be removed from the Council tax account.
If the student is the only tenant or owner in a property their name will remain on the account (even if they reside with their partner or other persons).

If you wish to apply for this discount, please contact us for more information.

In order to qualify for an exemption or discount we will require a copy of a student certificate for all student occupiers. This needs to confirm the start and end date of your course and that you are attending a full-time course*. When you send us your student certificate(s) please also advise us of the total number of occupiers living in the property.

Half terms and summer holidays are treated as part of the period of the course.

If a student finishes studying one course and then starts a different course no discount will be applicable for the period between the end and start date of the relevant courses.

* A full-time course is a course that lasts for at least one academic year with a prescribed educational establishment or, in the case of educational establishments which do not have academic years, for at least one calendar year. Students must also be undertaking periods of study, tuition or work experience which together amount to an average of at least 21 hours a week.