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Council Tax Exemption

Council Tax 2020/1 update

As advised by City of York Council, students can apply for a council tax exemption from the end of their course date to the end of their tenancy date. Should full time students need to apply for the extension to council tax exemption they will need to email revenues@york.gov.uk so the council can update the council tax register.

Students are also asked to advise the council tax department of the date that they are leaving the property by logging onto the City of York website and completing a move out form or by using the following link www.york.gov.uk/MoveOut

Full-time Students

If you are a full-time student undertaking a full-time programme of study you are exempt from Council Tax. This includes vacation periods.

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 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 re-apply at your new address.

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 your e:Vision homepage. Certificates can normally be collected from the Information Services Desk in Holgate within 24 hours. There is no charge for this.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, certificates must be requested by emailing SID@yorksj.ac.uk from your university email address. Certificates will be emailed back to you as a PDF. 


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 above.

Exception: If these situations last for more than a year, you will become liable for Council Tax.

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