Council Tax Exemption
If you are a full-time student undertaking a full-time programme
of study you are exempt from Council Tax. This includes
Exception: If you are either the home owner or
your name is on the tenancy agreement for the home and you live
with one or more non-students such as a partner or a child who is
not in full-time education you are liable for Council Tax but may
be eligible for Council Tax Benefit.
Full-time Students Living In York
Full-time students living in York can benefit from York
Council’s online Council Tax Exemption service. York St John
University, as well as the University of York and York College,
have been working with York Council to make registering for
discounts and exemptions from the Council Tax easier. You can apply
for a discount or exemption online. There is no need to supply
student certificates. If you live in a student property with
students who study at places other than the three participating
institutions you will need to complete and send a single form (see
link below), but students from York St John University, the
University of York and York College will not have to provide proof
of student status.
If you move accommodation you will need to reapply at your new
To apply online go to
York Council's Council tax webpage and follow
the link for Student Discounts and Exemptions.
Full-time Students Not Living In York
Full-time students living outside the York Council area can
apply for Council Tax exemption to their Council, but will need to
provide them with a York St John Council Tax Exemption certificate.
These are available on request from Registry by either e-mailing
email@example.com or by
calling in to the Student Advice Desk in the Holgate Student
Centre opposite Main Reception. Certificates can normally be
collected from the Student Advice Desk within 24 hours. There is no
charge for this.
Full-time Students Who Have Interrupted Their Study
If you have interrupted your study because:
- you are ill
- you are caring for someone who is ill
- you are still registered on your full-time course in order to
retake modules/assessments which you have failed
you do not have to pay Council Tax. If you live in York you can
use the online Council Tax Exemption service. If not, you can
request a York St John Council Tax Exemption certificate, as
Exception: If these situations last for more
than a year, you become liable for Council Tax.