Council tax exemption

Full-time students are eligible for Council Tax exemptions or discounts. The amount you pay will depend on your living arrangements.

We advise checking your eligibility on the gov.uk website.

Your eligibility for Council Tax discount will be determined by your student status, course duration and number of study hours per week. To find out more, visit Leeds City Council: Council Tax and full time students.

If you're struggling to pay your council tax bill, contact the Student Advice Centre. It's important that you don't ignore a council tax letter as there may be legal implications.


Taught students

Term-time address in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford or Kirklees

We send a list of full-time, registered students to the Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Kirklees councils at the end of October and February each year. The council should be able to find your name and address on the database sent to them by the University of Leeds, providing that you have:

  • entered your term-time address when you register
  • informed the council that you are registered as a full-time student.

If you're not sure which address you have registered with the university, you can check this by logging into the student Portal and selecting the Academic Admin tab. It is your responsibility to keep your addresses up to date via the Portal.

The council may contact you before we send your details to them asking for Council Tax payment. If you're asked to pay, tell the council that the University is sending a list of full-time, registered students - they should be aware that this is our procedure.

If the council contacts you about Council Tax payment, ensure that you notify them that you are registered as a full-time student and ask them to check for your details on the database that we have sent. If they are unable to find your details on the database, you'll need to request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate. You may apply for a Council Tax Exemption Certificate in person at the Student Services Centre counter, which you can send to the council.

If you are a distance learner, or on a work or study placement, and you do not visit the campus during our opening hours you may apply for a Council Tax Exemption Certificate online

Term-time address outside Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford or Kirklees

Please ensure that you notify the Council that you are registered as a full-time student. You will need to request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate, which you can send to the council. You may apply in person at the Student Services Centre Counter.

Single person discount for parents of full-time students

If your parent requires proof of your full-time student status for council tax discount you will need to request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate, which you can send to the council. You may apply in person at the Student Services Centre Counter.


Research students

Leeds postcode areas

If you're a registered full-time research degree student, and you enter your term-time address when you register, your details will be sent to Leeds City Council four times a year at the end of:

  • October 
  • January 
  • April 
  • July.

You should complete a Council Tax Form (PDF) available from Leeds City Council, which they will cross reference against our supplied data.

Outside Leeds

If you live outside Leeds you will need to check your eligibility. You may request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate from the Student Services Centre counter, which you can then send to your local Council Tax office.

After thesis submission and vivas

Once you've submitted your soft-bound thesis for examination you will no longer be eligible for Council Tax exemption. If the outcome following your viva is a referral you will not be eligible for council tax exemption. Your registration during the referral period and your valid student ID card are solely for the purpose of using the library and IT facilities to allow you to revise your thesis. You're not classed as a full-time, part-time or over-time student during this period.

Overtime period

Students in their overtime period should be eligible for council tax exemption provided they are registered on a full time programme of study. Further advice is available from the Student Advice Centre in the University Union.

Part-time research students     

If you're a part-time research student, you do not qualify for council tax exemption.


International students

You will only qualify for a student exemption or be regarded as a student if you meet the Council Tax definition of "student". Having a Tier 4 visa is not necessarily sufficient to meet this definition. To read the Council Tax definition of "student", visit the UKCISA website.

Your eligibility for Council Tax discount will be determined by your student status, course duration and number of study hours per week. To find out more, visit Leeds City Council: Council Tax and full time students


Changes in circumstances

It is your responsibility to inform the Council if your circumstances change and you’re no longer a full-time student or your living arrangements change. There could be legal implications if you fail to notify the council of any changes.