Properties occupied solely by
full-time students, who are on a course of at least one academic or
calendar year, (or other 'exempt persons')
will not be liable for Council Tax at all. You will be exempt
for the full duration of your course including vacations and any
periods of intermission. (Note that students moving from a
Foundation Degree to Top-up year will not be exempt for the summer
period between the two courses). Sabbatical Officers are only exempt
if they are taking up their post during a period of intermission, if
they have finished their course they are not exempt.
In order to show that the
property is exempt, all the student occupants
should provide a Council Tax Certificate to the Local Authority.
Students living in
University-owned halls of residence do not need a Council Tax Certificate as
these properties are completely exempt from Council Tax.
If you are a full-time student
living in a house which is not occupied solely by other full-time
students or 'exempt persons' you may
still qualify for a Council Tax reduction (see Discounts and
Reductions section below).
Whilst most full-time students
are not eligible to receive Council Tax Benefit, certain groups may
be (although undergraduate Student Loans/Grants, etc will be taken
into account as income). If you are a lone parent or part of a
student-parent couple, a disabled student or are receiving Income
Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance you may qualify for
Becoming a part-time student does
not exempt you from paying Council Tax. You may qualify for
International students are liable
for Council Tax in the same way as Home and EU students (see
Full-time and Part-time information above).
If you are on a short-term
English course and do not intend to continue to a degree course with
the University of Essex you will not be eligible for Council Tax
exemption. However, you may be eligible to claim a reduction if you are not solely or mainly resident in the UK.
In order to claim this reduction you would need to write to the
Local Authority explaining this. Each case is looked at on an
individual basis and the reduction is not guaranteed.
People who are in the UK with a
visa as the dependant of a student, are usually exempt from paying Council Tax.
Therefore eligible full-time International students living only with their
dependants will be exempt from Council Tax. In this situation
a copy of the Dependent's visa should be sent to the Local Authority
along with the Council Tax Certificate.
We recommend you read the UKCISA
(The UK Council for International Student Affairs) guidance note on
Tax and international students'.
Essex English Language Programme
(formerly PEP) / Pre-sessional English students
Pathway courses are usually less
than a year in duration so do not
exempt you from paying Council Tax . However, students who are also
holding an offer for a full-time degree
at University of Essex (starting immediately after the pathway course ends) may still be exempt
from Council Tax.
Students in this situation
only should contact International Academy to
request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate.
Discounts, reductions and
If only one
liable person lives at the property (as their main
residence) then the Council Tax bill should be
reduced by 25%. This is know as Single
If the dwelling
is no one's main home then there may be a 10%
Empty homes and
second/holiday homes may qualify for a discount of
up to 50%.
Further information about Council
Tax, Exemptions, Discounts and Council Tax Benefit can be found on
gov.uk Council Tax web pages.
Apprentices, Young Persons in
Training, Full-time Students (on a course which lasts for at least
one academic or calendar year), Student Dependents (with a Student
Dependent visa), Student Nurses, Residential Hospital Patients,
People Living in Care Homes, Independent Hospitals and Hostels
providing a High Level of Care, People who are Severely Mentally
Impaired, People staying in Certain Hostels or Night Shelters, Monks
and Nuns, 18 and 19 year-olds (who are in full-time further
education), Under 18's, Carers, People in Prison, Members of
Visiting Forces, International Headquarters and Defence
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