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Council Tax exemptions and discounts - occupied properties


If you or someone in your household is a full-time student at college or university, you may be able to reduce your Council Tax Bill depending on how many other adults live in the property.

We can offer the following for full time students:

  • 25% discount is available if all but one of the adults living at the property are students
  • 50% discount may be available if everyone else in the property falls under a discount category other than a full time student
  • 100% exemption will apply if the property is occupied solely by students

A person is considered to be a full time student if they are:

  • under 20, studying for more than 3 months and for at least 12 hours per week for any qualification up to 'A' level or Higher Scottish Certificate of Education or equivalent; or
  • undertaking a prescribed course of education at a further education establishment lasting for at least 24 weeks within each academic year and involving at least 21 hours of study per week on average during term time; or
  • registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges and working as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational establishment in Great Britain

You must contact us as soon as the course finishes so that any discount or exemption can be stopped. You will then be notified of any changes to your Council Tax charge and payments.

If you are a student studying away from home and you own a property that is unoccupied, you may be able to reduce your Council Tax. For more information see the Owned by a full time student page.

How to apply

We will need proof of the student status as part of the application. Students at the University of the West of Scotland do not need to give us this proof IF they have given UWS permission to share their information as it will be confirmed automatically. If the student does not attend UWS, we will need the student certificate issued by the college or university. This can be uploaded with your application and should include:

  • Student name
  • DOB
  • Certificate/Qualification
  • Course name
  • Course start and end dates
  • Which year of the course the student is in
  • Length of course within academic year (months)
  • Average hours of study per week
  • Confirmation course is full time

If you have not been given a student certificate by your education establishment, please complete our student certificate.  This should be issued to your college or university to complete and you should upload it as evidence when making your application.

Only a student certificate as mentioned above will be accepted as proof. Student cards, general acceptance letters and student loan or bursary letters will not be accepted as proof.

Please have your UWS course details or completed student certificate to hand before you begin.

Non-British spouses and children of students

If you are a full-time student and your spouse or child lives with you, but they are not British Citizens and are prevented from working or claiming benefits, you may be able to reduce your Council Tax bill by 25%, 50% or 100% depending on how many other adults live in the property.

School and college leavers

If you or someone in your household is under the age of 20 and has left school or college after 1 May, you may be able to reduce your Council Tax bill by 25%, 50% or 100% depending on how many other adults live in the property.

Please contact us using the contact details shown to apply under this category.

Council Tax and Benefits Call Centre


Benefits and Revenue Services
PO Box 3591,
G73 9ED
Phone: 0303 123 1011
Email: Council Tax and Benefits Call Centre