Money off council tax for students
If you're a student or a student nurse, you may be exempt or receive a discount.
You can get a discount or be exempt if:
- everyone in the property is a student or student nurse
- only some people are students or student nurses
If you live in halls of residence, you're exempt from paying council tax and you don't need to do anything.
How to apply
To apply, download and complete. When you complete the form, you will need:
- address and postcode of the property
- names of all adults over 18 living at the property
- date of birth of all adults over 18 living at the property
- student number for each student, their course start and end date
Only one application is needed per household.
We receive a list of fulltime students from New College Durham and Durham University, but if you study at another educational establishment we will require a copy of your student certificate. We may need to contact you if we require any further information.
Who can apply
If you're a student, you don't pay council tax if you are:
- Over 20 years old, and your university or college course:
- lasts at least one academic or calendar year
- requires at least 21 hours per week of study, tuition or work experience.
- Under 20 yeas old and your course:
- lasts for more than three months
- requires at least 12 hours a week of study for any qualification up to A-Level and equivalent
- A foreign language assistant registered with the British Council.
If you're a nursing or midwifery student, including those on pre-registration undergraduate courses and post-registration health visitor training, you count as student.
Student nurses taking traditional hospital based training do not count as students.
Where you may have to pay council tax
You are only exempt from paying council tax if all the people living in a property are full-time students. If there is one person who is not a student, you will only a receive a 25% discount. If there are two people who are not students, you will not receive a discount at all.
Change in circumstances
You need to let us know when you are no longer a student. If you don't inform us, you may receive a fine.
See our Report changes affecting your council tax page for more information.
School or college leavers under 20-years-old
If you're under the age of 20 and have left school, college or full time education on or after the 1 May in any year after studying towards qualifying course of education (for example, one no higher than A-level or equivalent) you may not have to pay as much council tax from 1 May to 31 October in the same year.