Council tax reductions for students

Your council tax may be reduced if you are a full-time student.

The following discounts are available:

  • 25% discount if all but one of the adults living at the property are students
  • 100% exemption if the property is occupied solely by students


You may get a discount if one of the following applies:

  • you are studying a specified course of education for 21 hours  a week over 24 weeks in each academic year
  • you are under 20 and studying for A levels, Highers, HNDs, HNCs and Level 4 SVQs for at least 12 hours a week over three months

We'll also treat you as a student if you're registered with the British Council as a foreign language assistant and work in a school or other educational establishment.

Apply for a discount

Please ensure you have your Student Certificate to hand before completing this online application.  You must ensure the course start and end date you enter on this application match your student certificate.

You must ensure once you have completed this application you send a copy of your application to  If you fail to submit this within 14 days this may result in the application becoming void and you will have to complete a new application.

Your student certificate will show your full name, course name, qualification you are studying towards, start and end date of your course.  If you do not have this please contact your university/college for a copy (screen shots of Student I.D, Bursary Letters, or offers of a place on your course cannot be accepted).

Apply online for Student Reduction

You will need to provide information on:

  • your identity
  • your education or course
  • the property you live in
  • anyone else living in your household

What happens next

We aim to deal with applications within 14 days of receiving all of the relevant information. Your account will be updated as soon as a decision is made.

Changes in your circumstances

You should always let us know if your circumstances change for any reason.

Page last updated: 20/10/2023
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