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Students and Council Tax

Only full-time students can apply for this discount. The definition of a full-time student as set down in Council Tax law is that you must be enrolled with a ‘prescribed educational establishment’ and your course must be one of the following:

  • a course which lasts at least one full academic or full calendar year, and which requires you to undertake at least 21 hours per week of study, tuition or work experience, for at least 24 weeks in that academic or calendar year
    or
  • a course which is not higher education, which lasts for more than 3 calendar months and requires you to undertake more than 12 hours of study. (You must be under 20 if you are on this type of course)

Even if your college describes your course as full-time, you cannot be granted a student discount or exemption if your course doesn't match the definition of full-time in Council Tax law. So if you are studying for over 21 hours per week but your course is not for a full academic or calendar year, you will not qualify for a student discount or exemption.

If you study at any of these Universities:

  • Leeds University
  • Leeds Beckett University (Formerly Leeds Metropolitan)
  • Leeds Trinity
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leeds Arts University (Formerly Leeds College of Art)
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance

please use the online claim form to apply for either the discount or exemption. The form will allow you to add all the details of the students in the property so only one application is required.

Then we usually just need your student ID number to apply the exemption as these establishments provide us with databases of their students around the beginning of the academic year.

If you study anywhere else:

Please obtain a Council Tax Student Certificate from your admissions/student services department and hand it in to a One Stop Centre or post it to us at Leeds City Council, PO Box 60, Leeds, LS2 8JR. Unfortunately we cannot accept these certificates by email.

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Click to expandPostgraduate study – going on to study a Master's or PhD

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Students are exempt from paying Council Tax from their course start date to their course end date. If you finish one course (for example an undergraduate degree) and go on to further study (for example a different undergraduate course/Master's degree/PhD), you will not be eligible for an exemption for the period in between your courses as you would not be classed as a full-time student for that period. To award an exemption for the summer period you would need to be on a continuation of a course (in your Second year of an undergraduate year going into your Third).

There are a number of ways to pay your Council Tax which are outlined on the bill and on our website. To reapply for the student discount please complete the online form that can be found in the Top Tasks section in this page. You’ll need your university name, student number and course start and end dates. If your university is outside of Leeds then we will require a Student Exemption Certificate, which you can get from your university’s student services or central administration department.

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Click to expandHow do I claim an exemption or prove that I'm a student?

To apply for either the discount or exemption, use the online claim form. The form will allow you to add all the details of the students in the property so only one application is required. 

If you study at any of these Universities;

Leeds University
Leeds Beckett University (Formerly Leeds Metropolitan)
Leeds Trinity
Leeds College of Music
Leeds College of Art
Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Then we usually would only need your student ID number to apply the exemption as these establishments provide us databases of their students around the beginning of the academic year. If you study anywhere else please could you obtain a Student Exemption Certificate from your admissions/student services department and attach it to an email to council.tax@leeds.gov.uk along with your address details.

You may be asked to get a Council Tax Student Certificate from your university or college if we are unable to verify your student status using the provided databases.​​​​​​

Click to expandHow can I get proof that I've been exempt from Council Tax?

You may want to have proof of exemption for many reasons but most often you may be asked for this by landlords/letting agents as they demand to see it before releasing your bond/deposit.

Landlords/Letting agents cannot be held liable for a period you are resident and receiving an exemption from Council Tax. See FAQ number 26 on the web link below for details you can quote to your landlord/letting agent instead of a copy exempt notice.

We can only send an exemption notice direct to the property, which will state the dates in which the exemption has applied, though it must be via post so you must request this before you move out.

You can request this using the Contact Us form on this page. Please include your name, the address the enquiry relates to and the address you'd like us to post the notice to. ​​​​​

Exemption further information

Click to expandWhen does an exemption apply?

A full exemption from Council Tax can only be granted if all the people living in a property are full-time students as described above (or qualify for the school or college leaver discount).

Click to expandStudent nurses

You may get a discount if the student nurse is:

employed as a student nurse but taking a course which will lead to first registration in the Nurses’ Part or the Midwives’ Part of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001

or

not employed as a nurse but taking a nursing degree or diploma course and getting a student grant or scholarship.

An exemption will apply if all the residents in a property are student nurses in full-time education and/or full-time students, then no Council Tax is payable.

How to claim this discount or exemption

If you would like to claim this discount or exemption, go to the related page 'Students and Council Tax' and download the form from the Documents section there.​​​​​

Click to expandApprentices

You may be able to receive a discount or exemption if you or someone at your address is an apprentice. The full criteria can be found on the 'Apprentice discount claim form' which you can download from the Documents section on this page.​

Click to expandWhat if students and non-students live in the same property?

If there is one person who is not a student, only a 25% discount can be granted. If there are two people who are not students, no discount can be granted at all.

Click to expandWhat if a student has a non-British spouse or dependant living with them?

If the spouse or dependant is not a student but has a visa, and the terms of the visa prevent them from taking paid employment or claiming benefits, an exemption will still apply (as long as all the other residents are full-time students). To claim this exemption download the Non-British claim form from the Documents section.

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