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Council Tax for students

Households where everyone is a full-time student don't have to pay Council Tax and the property would be exempt from Council Tax.

If there is someone in your household who's not a full-time student you will have to pay Council Tax, but your household might still qualify for a discount.

How do I apply for a student discount / exemption?

Contact us and we will tell you what to do. We may be able to take enough information to allow the discount / exemption over the telephone.

If you attend one of the following:

  • Swansea University
  • University of Wales, Trinity St David (formerly Swansea Metropolitan University)

We will be sent a list of students each academic year.

If you attend another educational establishment, we will need to see a copy of your Council Tax student certificate. You can get a copy from the administration office at your establishment.

Student FAQs

Am I a full time student?

In general, to be classed as a full-time student the course attended must:

  • Last at least one year
  • Involve at least 21 hours study per week

If you study for a qualification up to A-level and you're under 20, your course must:

  • Last at least three months
  • Involve at least 12 hours study per week.

This can include NVQs.

I am a student
Do I pay Council Tax?

Living full time in halls of residence

No

Living full time off campus and sharing with people who are all students

No

Living full time off campus and sharing with some students and some non-students

If the residents are jointly liable for Council Tax and only one of them is not a student, they would be eligible for a reduction of 25%.  
If there is more than one non-student in the property, no discount can be  awarded.

A part time student

Yes, part-time students have to pay Council Tax

I am a landlord renting to students

If you are the landlord/agent of a property only occupied by students, then the property should be exempt from Council Tax.

However, before the exemption can be allowed we will need to see evidence of each occupant's student status.

We are provided with lists of current students each October/November by Swansea University and the University of Wales, Trinity St David. However, if your tenants are attending another establishment, you should encourage them to provide their student reference number or a copy of their student certificate as without that we will not be able to allow the exemption.

What is a house in multiple occupation?

Houses in multiple occupation are:

  • Properties that were built or adapted for multiple occupation or
  • Properties occupied by more than one household, where residents pay rent separately for different parts of the property and share cooking and washing facilities.

The owner or leaseholder of the whole property will be the person who is liable to pay the Council Tax although they could still be entitled to a discounts or even a full exemption from the Council Tax depending on the number of non students living in the property.

I am an overseas student

If you are an overseas student you may still be entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax.

It is very important that you tell the council that you are a student and that proof of this is provided such as a copy of your student certificate.

You can bring a copy of your certificate to us in the Civic Centre.

If you have a non-British partner the exemption will cover you both providing your passports are produced showing the endorsement "No recourse to public funds".

Please bring (do not post) you passport to us in the Civic Centre so we can look at it.

Please remember if you do not contact us you may receive a Council Tax bill for the full amount.

How much is my share of the Council Tax?

If there is any Council Tax to pay after the appropriate reductions have been allowed, all the people named on the bill that are liable to pay it. It is up to individuals and joint tenants/owners how they decide to share out this bill.

If there is any Council Tax left unpaid, all the people named on the bill will be jointly held liable to pay this debt even if they have already paid what they consider to be their share.

How do I let the Council know I am a full time student?

We are provided with lists of current students each October/November by Swansea University and the University of Wales, Trinity St David. However, if you are attending another educational establishment, you should provide us with a copy of your student certificate.

You can send it or bring it to us at: The Council Tax Section, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN. (near the Meridian Tower)

What if I start renting before my course starts?

It is common for students to reserve a property before the course commences. Tell us that you are a student and where you are studying. Also that you have only taken the property on so that you can study in Swansea.

If your tenancy commences a little earlier than your course then any exemption or discount granted should be backdated to the start of your tenancy once we have seen the necessary proof of your status as a student.

Please remember if you do not contact us you will receive a Council Tax bill for the full amount.

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