As a student you might not have to pay the full amount of council tax:
Some properties can be exempt from council tax. These include where :
- all the occupants are full time university or college students
- the property is a hall of residence mainly occupied by students
- all the residents are under the age of 18.
If your property is exempt it means you don’t have to pay any council tax, regardless of your income or how much savings you have.
If you are the only person living in the property you will get a 25% discount on your council tax bill.
When working out how many people live in a property, some people are not counted. These are called disregarded people. If everyone who lives in the property is disregarded, there will be a 50% discount on the bill.
Disregarded people include:
- full-time students
- young people on certain youth training schemes
- school or college leavers still aged under 20 who have left school or college after 30 April. They will be disregarded until 1 November of the same year or until they reach 20
- those who are aged 18 or under and someone is entitled to child benefit for them.
If you are on benefits or have a low income, you might qualify for a reduction to your bill. This is known as the Council Tax Reduction scheme or Council Tax Support.