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Council Tax for Students

For council tax purpose, a person is a student if they are:

  • Attending a university or college course which lasts for at least 24 weeks a year and involves at least 21 hours of attended study a week during term time
  • Under 20 years of age, studying for more than three months and at least 12 hours per week for any qualification up to an A Level, ONC or OND standard. Correspondence courses, or courses taken in connection with a job, such as day release, are not included.

From April 2004, in a property where one resident is a non student, regardless of the number of students who also live there, the non student will be solely liable for payment of 75% of the whole charge. If there are 2 or more non students then they will be jointly and severally liable for the full charge. The students will be disregarded for council tax purposes.

If you wish to claim student exemption/disregard or need further advice on a specific case or set of circumstances then please complete an online form. Please provide evidence of student status.

Alternatively you can contact your local council via the following:

For Warwick District Council:

Telephone: 01926 456760
Email: ctaxenquiries@warwickdc.gov.uk

For Coventry City Council:

Telephone: 024 7683 1111

Email: counciltax@coventry.gov.uk

The University provides Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council (covering Leamington Spa and Kenilworth) with lists of registered students each October.

Students registered in other boroughs may be asked to submit a Certificate of Status which may be obtained by completing this form.

Coventry City Council's guide for students and Council Tax is available on the right. The equivalent document for other boroughs is available directly from the relevant Council.

Whilst on temporary withdrawal you will still be exempt from paying Council Tax.

Please note that individuals who are "writing up" may be liable to pay Council Tax and should seek further guidance from the SU Advice Centre. You can also view full guidance on Council Tax from the SU here.