Council tax is a charge administered and collected by local authorities. It helps to pay for certain public services such as street lighting, rubbish collection, the police and fire service. There can be serious consequences if you recieve a bill and you ignore it - always provide the Council with the information they require.
Please read the guidance note below for information on the following:
who counts as a student for council tax purposes
discounts and exemptions
You are advised to contact a Student Adviser
for clarification on all matters concerning council tax. In particular, we can help if you find yourself in any of the following scenarios:
you receive a council tax bill whilst living in halls of residence
you receive a council tax bill whilst living in an all-student household
you live with non-students but have received a council tax bill in your name
you are an international student with a UK student visa and your dependant has received a council tax bill
you receive a council tax bill during a period of interruption
you are a writing up student and the Council has rejected your application for exemption
you receive a council tax bill in relation to a summer holiday between the academic years of your course
you receive a court summons
We can also offer advice on eligibility for Council Tax Benefit.
All full-time students living in private sector accommodation should request a Student Status letter from The Compass
so that the Council can assess if you are exempt from Council Tax. This should be handed to the Council Tax Department in your local authority as soon as possible.
Do not ignore any council tax bills received. Contact a Student Adviser