Council tax discount and exemptions for students

If you're a full time student in York you can apply for student discount or exemption. Each student in the house must register for council tax and apply for student exemption.

How to applying for student council tax discount

It is not necessary to fill out separate forms for each student, the online and paper forms allow spaces for all occupants at the property - We'd prefer one application per property as information arriving separately may complicate or slow the process down.

To be able to qualify for the council tax student exemption you must be a full-time student. If you study at one of the following educational establishments, they supply a list of those enrolled to study:

  • York University
  • York St Johns University
  • York College
  • Askham Bryan College 

Studying outside of York

If you study at an alternative educational establishment please download a Student council tax exemption and discount application form; completed and returned it to us along with your student exemption certificate which must be obtained from your academic registrar.

Processing your application

Once we have received your application check your details or review your student exemption certificate:

  • if all occupants of a house are students, we will award a full student exemption
  • if there's an issue with any occupants we'll contact you

We aim to respond within 10 working days. However, at peak periods we handle a large volume of applications from the student population in York; we appreciate your patience at such times.

When to apply for discount

As soon as you tell us you're a student we can update your account so that you don't receive reminders for payment of your council tax.

Tell us before October so we can put a 'temporary hold' on your Council tax bill which will stop reminders and summons letters being sent to you (we can only do this if all the occupants of a house are students and all have completed the online request).

Note that we normally receive the lists from universities and colleges during October and November so we can't properly process your details until then. When the lists have been received and your details are checked we'll issue an exemption notice, as appropriate.

We cannot take details of your move into your new property more than 14 days in advance.

If you receive a summons

As council tax is a charge on the property, a single bill is issued to the property for all liable parties. In the case of full time students this should show an exemption for the duration of your studies.

However, you will only be exempt if all the occupants of a house are students and all have applied for a discount/exemption.

If you have received either a reminder or summons contact us to check the status of your discount application.

Properties occupied by both students and non-students

Properties occupied by a mix of students and non-students may still be eligible for a discount.

  • the full council tax charge is based on two people living in a property, if there were two people resident but one is a full time student, then you can apply for a 25% discount for the student resident.
  • if a full time student is sharing a property with a severely mentally impaired person; they would be entitled to a full exemption
  • if a full time student is living with an apprentice, them they may qualify for a 50% reduction in their council tax bill.

Contact us to check if there what discounts are available and how to apply for them.

Renewing council tax exemption

You need to apply for council tax exemption every year. You may have changed your address or there may be different occupants living in a property.

In-between courses

Students only qualify for exemption whilst registered as undertaking studies, therefore the period between courses does not qualify and you will need to pay your council tax.  

Students moving out and in properties

You need to notify us as soon as possible if you move.

  • any incoming students must complete a 'move in' form and register for student exemption, available via our Do It Online service
  • any students moving out need to complete a 'move out' form if moving out of the York area, or a 'transfer form' if moving within the area, complete both using our Do It Online service

End of study

If you are no longer a student contact us with the date your studies ended and provide confirmation from your course provider using our council tax amendment form.

Foreign students and their families

If you are a full time student and your spouse/partner is joining you and their visa states that they have no recourse to public funding and your children are under 18 years old then an exemption may apply.

In order for us to determine this, please send or email a copy of your spouse/partner’s passport/visa.

Other discounts

Find out about other discounts.

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