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Council Tax Reduction - students

This advice applies to Scotland

Most students sharing accommodation with only other students do not have to pay Council Tax. There are a few situations in which a student may be liable to pay.

If you’re a student and you own the home you’re living in, you are liable for Council Tax. Even if you're liable for Council Tax, you might be:

  • exempt from paying
  • entitled to a discount
  • entitled to a second adult rebate.

If you're student and you've received a Council Tax bill, you should get advice from your college or student advisory service about whether you:

  • are liable
  • can apply for a Council Tax Reduction.

Find out more about Council Tax Reduction and students in the Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook on the Ask CPAG website.

If you live with someone who is not a student

If you're a student and you live with someone else who is not a student, for example your partner, they might be able to get a Council Tax Reduction.

If you’re a part-time student

If you are a part-time student and you're liable for Council Tax, you can get Council Tax Reduction if you meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more about who can get Council Tax Reduction

You can check with your college or university about whether you’re a part-time student.

You can use an online benefits calculator to check how much reduction you might be entitled to. You can find a list of benefits calculators on GOV.UK.

If you’re a full-time student

If you are a full-time student and liable to pay Council Tax you can only get Council Tax Reduction if you meet certain conditions. 

Find out more about when students can get Council Tax Reduction in the Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook on the Ask CPAG website.

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