Council tax exemption
How to apply for a council tax exemption for your student accommodation.
The process for applying for a council tax exemption is different depending on your student status.
If you are a full-time student undertaking a full-time programme of study, you are exempt from council tax. This includes vacation periods.
Note: You will still be liable to pay council tax 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. However, you may be eligible for council Tax benefit.
Students living in York
If you are a full-time student living in York, you 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 worked with York Council to make registering for discounts and exemptions from 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 3 participating institutions, you will need to complete and send a single form. 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 re-apply at your new address.
To apply online, visit the council website and follow the link for student discounts and exemptions.
Students not living in York
If you are a full-time student living outside the York Council area, you can apply to your local council for council tax exemption.
You will need to provide your council with a York St John University Council Tax Exemption certificate. These are available from your e:Vision homepage.
Students who have interrupted their study
You will not be required to pay council tax if your study is interrupted for one of the following reasons:
- 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 or assessments which you have failed
If you live in York you can use the online council tax exemption service. If you live outside of York, you can request a York St John University Council Tax Exemption certificate through e:Vision.
Note: If these situations last for more than a year, you will become liable for council tax.