Overview: Applying for a student discount or exemption for council tax

Applying for a student council tax exemption or discount is an online process. There are different ways to apply depending on your circumstances. Please select from the circumstance below that applies to you.

I am uncertain if my course means I should get student council tax discount or exemption

You are considered to be a full time student if:

  • you are studying at a school, college or university in the EU which is solely or mainly for the purpose of providing further or higher education
  • your course lasts for at least one academic year. In the case of an educational establishment which does not have academic years, for a least one calendar year
  • your course requires attendance for at least 24 weeks in each year
  • you are required to study, receive tuition or undertake work experience for at least 21 hours per week on average
If your home is occupied by any combination of full time students you can apply for an exemption. 

If there is only one non-student living in a household where all the other occupiers are students, you may apply for a student disregard discount.

If you believe you are entitled, select from the circumstance below that applies to you.

My name is on the current council tax bill for the property in question

To claim a student council tax discount or exemption:

  • email us an attached photo of an original copy of your student certificate in jpg or pdf format
  • you must put the council tax reference number in the subject line of the email you send.
  • you will find this number on your council tax bill.

Send your email to: revenues@camden.gov.uk

Student certificates must contain the following information:

•    name and address of University/College
•    name of student
•    confirmation you are following a course of education
•    start date of your course
•    end date of your course
•    confirmation of the hours studied per week, including study, tuition or work experience

Once we have received your email we will send a response. We usually send a response within 14 days.

 

My name is not on the current council tax bill for the property in question

Please register for council tax at the property in question using the online moving in form.

Register for council tax

We will then send you a communication with a council tax reference number (an 8 digit number starting with 8). This can take 14 days or more and the council tax reference number may not be contained within the first communication we send you.

Once you have your council tax reference number:

  • email us an attached photo of an original copy of your student certificate in jpg or pdf format
  • you must put your council tax reference number in the subject line of the email you send

Send your email to revenues@camden.gov.uk

Student certificates must contain the following information:

  • name and address of university/college
  • name of student
  • confirmation you are following a course of education
  • start date of your course
  • end date of your course
  • confirmation of the hours studied per week, including study, tuition or work experience 

Once we have received your email we will send a response. We usually send a response within 14 days.

Other students who may apply for an exemption or discount

School leavers

You are considered to be a school leaver if you are under the age of 20 and have left school or college between 30 April and 01 November of the current year.

Note that you will be treated as a school leaver for Council Tax purposes even if you do not eventually enrol on a course.

Students who live in a halls of residence

If the hall of residence is mainly occupied by full time students and owned or run by a college, a university or a charitable institution, it is exempt. If you are a student living in a hall of residence you do not need to do anything yourself because the organisation running the residence will claim the exemption.

Foreign Language Assistants 

You must be registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and appointed as an assistant at a school or other educational institution in Great Britain.

Spouses, civil partners or dependents of students from abroad

You must be the spouse, civil partner or dependent of a student from another country.

The terms of the visa allowing you to live in this country must state that you are not entitled to work or have access to public funds (Only one of these conditions needs to apply). You will need to provide a copy of the relevant passport to verify that that this is the case.

Students on qualifying courses

You can be considered to be a student on a qualifying course if:

  • you are under the age of 20
  • the number of hours you are required to study exceeds 12
  • your course lasts for at least 3 calendar months
  • most of the tuition is undertaken between the hours of 8.00am and 5.30pm
  • the course is not a correspondence course
  • the course is not undertaken in relation to any job that you do

Student Nurses

If you are a student nurse on a Project 2000 course or a nurse who is studying to become a midwife or health visitor you will be treated as a full time student.

You are not counted if you are a student nurse on any other type of course leading to an appropriate qualification under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979. This means that the person paying the Council Tax may only be entitled to a discount.

The former home of a full time student

If you are a full time student who has left a property you own in order to study, the property may be exempt if:

  • it was your main residence immediately before you became a full time student
  • you vacated it less than 6 weeks before starting your course
  • no one has occupied it as his or her main home since you vacated it

Your entitlement to exemption will stop when you complete your course even if you do not move back into your former home.

Students who reside with persons who suffer from a severe mental impairment

Your home or, a property that you own, is exempt if;

  • you are a full time student, a foreign language assistant, or, a student on a qualifying course and
  • the person who lives with you or, in your property, suffers from a severe mental impairment.

Applying for other types of student discount

If you meet the rules for any of the other types of student discount, you can now

start your application for this exemption/discount online

To complete your application print off a copy of the completed form and return to us at the address on the form.