Council Tax exemption

  • Full-time students living in a property in which only full-time students are living do not have to pay Council Tax.
  • Students living in a Halls of Residence do not have to pay Council Tax.
  • A property occupied by one non-student and one or more full-time student/s is liable for 75% of Council Tax.
  • Part-time students have to pay Council Tax.
  • Detailed guidance is available from the Directgov - Life at University web pages.

How will the council know I'm a student?

The University sends a list to 10 local councils (below) containing the details of all full-time students currently studying here. Councils usually accept this as proof of student status and you do not need to take any action unless instructed to do so by the Council.
If the council specifically request you to provide further proof please complete the student self-declaration Word icon or online form and send this to your council for cross checking against the list sent by the University.
If you live under any of the councils listed below please complete the online form which will be submitted directly to your council.

  • Ashfield District Council
  • Bassetlaw District Council
  • Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Newark & Sherwood District Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Erewash Borough Council

If you live under any of the following 2 councils please print the student self-declaration form and post to your council.

  • Derby City Council
  • Mansfield District Council

Students must ensure that their term-time address is kept up-to-date.

This can be done by logging in to myNTU. Failure to do this might result in you receiving a bill for council tax.

Which councils receive a list of fully enrolled, full time students from the University?

  • Ashfield District Council
  • Bassetlaw District Council
  • Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Erewash Borough Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Mansfield District Council
  • Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council

What if I live outside of these councils?
Please contact the Academic office who will issue you with a 'confirmation of student status' letter to send to your council. Please include your student NTU ID Number, address details and academic year you are applying for exemption. Please send your details via email

What if I live with someone who is not a student?
Generally in a shared house (even where separate tenancy agreements are in force) if there is one non-student living there the house is liable for 75% of the usual council tax for that band of property. How that is paid is for agreement between the occupiers. Complete all details on the self-declaration and send this to your council.

Who should tell the council we're all students in a shared house?
It is your responsibility to notify your Local Council that you are a full-time student and reside in a property with other students and that you wish to be considered for Council Tax Exemption.

Writing up status
For further information on council tax exemption for writing up students, please contact the Graduate School who will be able to provide you with a 'confirmation of student status' letter.

Students who have moved away from home to attend university
If you have recently moved away from home to attend University your council tax exemption will only be confirmed to the council where you reside as a student. If you maintain a home address elsewhere, such as your parent’s house, then your parents should advise their local council that you have moved from this address to attend a full time course at a higher education institution elsewhere. Councils should not require evidence of this but if requested you are advised to forward either a copy of your acceptance letter, student card or a copy of your accommodation contract.

Contacting your council
If you need to contact your local council you will be able to find their details on the Directgov Local Council Directory.