What is a Student?

A student is defined as "any person who is undertaking a course of study at an educational establishment". This includes

  • Study at any level (from school onwards) full time/part-time
  • Students with or without loans or grants
  • Both State funded and private establishments
  • Both term-times and vacations

When a course of study starts a student is treated as such until they finish the course, abandon it or are dismissed from it. Therefore, someone is still classed as a student during the Christmas and Easter holidays and any summer holidays within the course, even if they take up full-time work.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

Most full time students are not allowed to claim Housing Benefit. The exceptions to this include:

  • students with a partner
  • part time students
  • students whose grant includes an amount for deafness
  • students who get a Disability premium
  • students who are responsible for a child (including foster children)
  • students over the age of 60
  • students under 19 who are not in higher education
  • students who are authorised absent from their course because they are ill or are caring for someone

Absence During the Summer Vacation

Full-time students are not eligible for Housing Benefit on their term-time accommodation if they are absent from it during the summer vacation.

If one of the above applies to you and you are on a low income please contact the Benefit Section for an application form. Further information about Housing Benefit can be obtained on 01851 822642.

Do not delay making a claim because Housing Benefit will start from the Monday following the date we receive your form.

Council Tax and Students

Students may also be able to get a discount or exemption from their Council Tax liability. Further information about Council Tax discounts and exemptions can be obtained by Contacting Us