Wealden District Council

Discounts for students

Question

What if I am (or someone living in my home is) a student?

Answer

Most full time students are ignored or “disregarded” when we calculate the council tax bill for a property. The course must last for at least one academic year and involve at least 21 hours study per week. If you are under 20 and you are studying for a qualification up to A level, your course must last at least 3 months and involve at least 12 hours study per week. 

If you are a student and live alone you can claim an exemption and you won’t pay any council tax.

If you live with other people you could still claim an exemption or discount. This will depend on the number of people living with you and how many of them we have to take into account when we calculate the bill.

Typical examples would be:

  •  If you are a student and live alone you will be exempt from council tax.
  • If two or more people live in the property and they are all full time students, you will be exempt from council tax.
  • If two people live in the property and one is student and the other person isn’t, you can have a 25% discount.
  • If three people or more live in a property and only one is a student, you can’t claim an exemption or discount.
  • We would also disregard a non British husband or wife of a student if they are prevented from working or claiming benefit. If this applies to you please contact us with your details.

If you think that you might be entitled to this discount, or exemption, please print  student discount application form (pdf) and send it to us.  You will also need to send us a student certificate that you can get from the administration office at your school, college or university

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