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student villageStudents living in a Hall of Residence do not have to pay Council Tax. Full-time students living in a house or flat in which only full-time students are living do not have to pay Council Tax.

A house or flat occupied by one non-student and one or more full-time student/s is liable for 75% of Council Tax.

Students who have to pay Council Tax may be eligible for Council Tax Benefit and should claim (contact you local council).

Part-time students have to pay Council Tax.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am registered as a full-time student - do I have to pay Council Tax?

As a registered full-time student you are not liable for Council Tax payments. If everyone in your house is also a full-time student the property will not attract Council Tax.

I am registered as a part-time student - do I have to pay Council Tax?

Yes.

How do I let the Council know I am a full-time student?

The University will pass your details on to the following councils:

  • Reading Borough Council
  • Wokingham Borough Council
  • Bracknell Forest Council

If you live in one of these council areas and receive a Council Tax bill, you and any other full-time students in the house should make a photocopy of your Campus Card and send this photocopy back to the council stating that as full-time students you are not liable for Council Tax. The council will then check your details against the lists we provide.

If you do not live in one of these council areas you can get a Confirmation of Enrolment letter by contacting the Helpdesk in the Carrington Building.

I am thinking of moving to Reading a few weeks before my course starts. Will I have to pay Council Tax?

Yes. You can be disregarded for Council Tax only from the start date of your course.

One person in our household is not a full-time student. How much do we have to pay?

The property will be treated as if one person is in occupancy and will receive a single person's discount of 25% from the total charge. Legally the liability to pay is on the non-student, however you may wish to discuss this as a household.

One person in our household is not a full-time student and is on benefits. How much do we have to pay?

The property will attract a 25% single person's discount from the total bill. If that one person is in receipt of Income Support/Job Seeker's Allowance (income based), assistance will be given through the Housing Benefit system and the person claiming the Council Tax Benefit should receive the full amount of the bill. The students will be completely ignored.

More than one person in our household is not a full-time student. How much do we have to pay?

There are no discounts if two or more non full-time students live in a property and the total annual charge is payable. Legally the liability to pay is on the non-students; however you may wish to discuss this as a household.

One person in our household is not a full-time student. They have left the property without paying their Council Tax, are we liable?

No, you cannot be taken to court for the non-payment of someone else's bill.

I am thinking of suspending my studies, will I still have to pay Council Tax during my period of suspension?

This will depend upon on your personal circumstances. Please contact an advisor via the Helpdesk in the Carrington Building.

If you withdraw or abandon your programme of study you will have to pay from the date you finished your studies.

I will be in full-time paid work during my placement year. Will I have to pay Council Tax?

No, providing your placement is part of your undergraduate programme you are still considered to be a full-time student and exempt from Council Tax charges. If you are living outside of the 'Reading' area for your placement you can show the council your Confirmation of Enrolment letter.

I am an International Student and I have my family living with me. Are they exempt from Council Tax?

This will depend upon your personal circumstances. You should contact the Students' Union for further advice.

I am a final-year student. When do I have to start paying Council Tax?

You will become liable for Council Tax from the date your University enrolment ends - usually the last day of the summer term.

I am a research student. Do I have to pay Council Tax?

You do not have to pay Council Tax while you are enrolled as a full-time student. If you change your enrolment from full-time to part-time you will become liable for Council Tax from the date of this change.

If you are enrolled full-time, we deem you to have ceased being a full-time student from the date when your period of Minor Corrections ends following your viva. Students who are required to make Major Corrections are not considered to be full-time students and are therefore not eligible for Council Tax Exemption.

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Council contacts

Reading Borough Council

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00, Thursday late night 17:00-19:00

Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 939 0656

Fax:
+44 (0) 118 939 0555

Web:
www.reading.gov.uk/residents/housing/counciltax

Address:
Council Tax, PO Box 26, Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7TD


Wokingham Borough Council

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00

Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 974 6022

Fax:
+44 (0) 118 974 6631

Web:
www.wokingham.gov.uk/counciltax/

Address:
PO Box 152, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WJ


Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00

Telephone:
+44 (0) 1344 352456

Fax:
+44 (0) 1344 352201

Web:
www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/your-council/yc-council-tax.htm

Address:
PO Box 3559, Bracknell, RG12 1WY

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