Council Tax is a property-based tax paid to the local authority where the accommodation is located, and all full-time students are exempt from paying it. However, you must make sure that your local authority knows you are exempt, otherwise they will charge you and non-payment will lead to prosecution! If there is anyone living in the property who is liable for Council Tax, it will be their responsibility to pay any council tax the local authority asks them to pay.
It is the individual's responsibility to ensure that your local authority knows you are a student and are exempt from paying Council Tax. If you receive a bill from your local authority, you should contact them immediately to tell them you are a student. Usually you will need to provide your Student Status letter (available from the University) or Student ID.
Ignoring requests for payment can lead to court action and, if this happens, court costs will be added.
Definition of Full-Time Education
For the purposes of Council Tax, “full time” is defined as undertaking study, tuition or work experience for 21 hours a week, and attending the course for 24 weeks of the year. Most part-time university students will qualify for the exemption.
Getting the Student Exemption if you are a part-time Student
If you are a part-time student and want to explore claiming the student exemption, you should talk to your department to see if they would be prepared to write a letter confirming that your course of study meets the requirements listed above.
Council Tax and Temporary Withdrawal
Whilst on temporary withdrawal, you will still be exempt from paying Council Tax.
International Students who live with dependents who have come to the UK with a Tier 4 dependent visa are also exempted from paying Council Tax. If you receive a Council Tax bill, please contact the SU Advice Centre immediately.
PhD students who are in their writing-up period are also exempted from paying Council Tax. If your local council requires you to pay Council Tax, please contact the SU Advice Centre for assistance.