Council tax is a system of local taxation collected by local authorities. It is a tax on domestic property. Some property is exempt from council tax. Some people do not have to pay council tax and some people get a discount. As a student you may not have to pay council tax if the property you live in is exempt.
A property that is occupied only by full time students is exempt from council tax altogether. If only some people in the house are full time students, the property is not exempt, but any students in the house are disregarded. You will only count as a full time student in Higher Education if you are on a course for at least 21 hours a week or a course that the university defines as full-time.
Part time Higher Education students are not exempt from paying council tax. If you have to pay council tax, you might be able to get a reduction under your local authority’s council tax reduction scheme. These vary from place to place but are usually means tested (based on your household income and capital).
If your landlord or the local authority has asked you to provide a letter confirming your full time student status for Council Tax purposes, please email your request to: email@example.com.
If you would like further information or assistance to claim a Council Tax exemption, the Advice Service can help. We give specialist, confidential advice to students at the University of Lincoln. To book a confidential telephone appointment with a professional adviser, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Student Support on 01522 837080.