Council Tax Reductions for Students

Full time students, student nurses and foreign language assistants can claim a reduction of up to 100% on their Council Tax bill providing one of the criteria below are met.

  • Students in full time education: Enrolled on a course which lasts for a minimum 24 weeks and 21 hours per week.
  • Students under the age of 20: Study in excess of 12 hours per week on a course which lasts for more than 3 months.
  • Foreign language assistants: Registered with the British Council.

If every member of the household meets one of these criteria then a 100% exemption can be awarded.
If one member of the household does not meet one of the criteria then a 25% discount can be awarded.
If two or more members of the household do not meet one of the criteria then no student discount is available.

Apply for a Council Tax student reduction

You will need your Council Tax Account Number to hand.

The form will ask you for a ‘matriculation’ number - this is simply your student reference number.

You MUST provide your Student Certificate as evidence of your Student status within 21 days of submitting this form. You can do this by post or by email to If you fail to provide your student certificate no discount or exemption will be awarded.