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Money off council tax for students and student nurses

If you're a student or a student nurse, you're not counted (disregarded) when calculating council tax.


If you're a student, you're not counted if you're:

  • under 20 years old, studying for more than three months and for at least 12 hours a week for any qualification up to A-Level or equivalent
  • undertaking a college, polytechnic or university course lasting at least one academic or calendar year and which requires at least 21 hours per week of study, tuition or work experience
  • a foreign language assistant registered with the British Council

Note about 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 undertaking a qualifying course of education (for example, one no higher than A-level or equivalent) you're disregarded for the purpose of working out a discount during the period 1 May to 31 October in the same year. School and college leavers continue not to be counted if they go on to some other form of higher education.

Student nurses

If you're a nursing or a midwifery student, including those on pre-registration undergraduate courses and post-registration health visitor training, you count as student. For discount purposes a student nurse means a person undertaking a course which if successfully completed, would lead to registration under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997.Student nurses taking traditional hospital based training do not count as students.

How to apply 

To apply for a student or student nurse council tax discount, download and complete the form below:

Icon for pdf Student and student nurse council tax discount form (PDF, 149.3kb)

Changes in circumstances

Failure to notify us that a discount should not have been granted or that it is no longer applicable could lead to financial penalties being applied to the liable person concerned in addition to the disregard being revoked. See our Report changes affecting your council tax page for more information.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
01207 218 876
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