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Student / Apprentice discounts

For council tax purposes, people such as students, and those on certain apprenticeship schemes, will not be counted when looking at the number of adults living in a property. This may mean that the bill is reduced by 25% depending on who else lives with you.


To qualify you must be either:

a) attending a full time course of further or higher education at a University, College or other educational establishment. The course must last for at least 1 year and involve at least 21 hours attendance per week for at least 24 weeks in the year.


b) under 20 years of age and attending a course which lasts more than 3 calendar months and involves at least 12 hour attendance per week between 8am and 5.30pm.

You'll need to ask your college or university for a student certificate, your application cannot be processed without this. You can photograph or scan this and upload it with your application form.

Student nurses

As a student nurse you can get a discount on your council tax bill if you are taking a degree course which, if successfully completed, would lead to employment as a nurse, midwife or health visitor.


An apprentice will be disregarded if he / she is:

  • employed for the purpose of learning a trade, profession, business, office, employment or vocation
  • undertaking a programme of training leading to an accredited qualification
  • receiving a salary or allowance of less than £195 per week, and
  • that salary or allowance is substantially less than he/she would expect to receive when qualified

You'll also need to ask your employer to complete an employers certificate -  Employers certificate for apprentices [110KB]