If you are under 18 years-old you will not have to pay council tax and will not be counted as an adult when working out the council tax for your household.

If you are a student and meet the following criteria you will be disregarded for council tax. If the property is occupied by only full-time students, no council tax is payable if you apply for an exemption.

  • full-time students in higher education at a prescribed educational establishment undertaking study for at least 21 hours per week and 24 weeks per year
  • full-time students under 20 years old in further education at a prescribed educational establishment undertaking study for at least 12 hours per week
  • school leavers under 20 who finish a full-time course of education between 1 May and 31 October (this does not apply to students who take a year out or change courses)
  • youth trainees under 25 years of age on a training scheme funded by the Learning & Skills Council
  • student nurses on prescribed courses
  • certain apprentices earning less than £195 per week 
  • foreign language students registered with the British Council
  • a spouse or dependant of a student resides in property, the spouse is not a British citizen and are prevented by immigration rules from taking paid employment or from claiming benefits.

Apply for a Student Discount / Exemption

Council Tax Student Exemption Certificate

For us to apply the discount we require a student certificate from the educational establishment you are attending, the certificate must provide the following information: 

  • The name of the course and qualification to be gained 
  • The name and address of the educational establishment 
  • The name of the student and student number  
  • The student’s address 
  • The hours of required study or mode of attendance  
  • Course start and end dates 
  • Name and signature of the administration officer 
  • The certificate must be dated within the current academic year.  

In addition, please also confirm the names of persons 18 or over living at the property.

Youth Trainee or Apprentice

If you, or somebody in your household, are an apprentice or youth trainee please complete the online application form

Apply for Youth Trainee or Apprentice  

You would also need to upload the following evidence along with your online application

  • a letter from the organisation or employer stating the terms of employment or training
  • the latest 5 weeks payslips (if paid weekly) or 2 months (if paid monthly)

Alternatively, the required evidence can be uploaded within 21 days of completing the online application form using the upload link below

Upload Youth Trainee or Apprentice evidence