Most students won’t be paying council tax – the law states that any dwelling which is only occupied by students is exempt from council tax. To claim this exemption, you need to obtain an exemption form, which will then have to be stamped by the University Registry to prove you are a student, and sent to Glasgow City Council*. You need to submit one of these forms every year and if you change your address.
The forms are available from The Advice Centre or online from the Students and Council Tax section on the Glasgow City Counci websitel. If you live outwith the Glasgow area, contact your local council instead.
The definition of ‘student’ includes all full-time students, but if you are part-time the situation may be more complicated and you should seek advice from us. The University has worked out that if you are doing 63 credits or more, for both semesters, you are studying enough hours to be classed as full-time for council tax purposes. Anyone under 18 is not liable for council tax.
If a student lives with a non-student, the non-student can claim a 25% discount on the council tax bill.