Student Council Tax discount or exemption

To qualify for a Council Tax discount or exemption as a student, you must either:

  • study for 24 weeks for 21 hours per week in each academic year 
  • be a foreign language assistant working in a school or other educational establishment and be registered with the British Council 
  • be under 20 years old and be studying for a non-advanced course for at least 12 hours a week for three months (non-advanced courses include A levels, Scottish Advanced Highers and Level 3 SVQs) 

View our guide to Council Tax and students (PDF 227KB) for more information.

Amount of discount or exemption

We can offer 2 types of student reduction:

  • 25% discount if all but one of the adults living at the property are students
  • 100% exemption if the property is occupied solely by students

How to apply

You need to apply for a student Council Tax discount or exemption online.

If you attend one of the following educational establishments, we have a data sharing agreement and we can verify your student status without the requirement for further evidence:

  • North East Scotland College (NESCOL)
  • Robert Gordon University (RGU)
  • Aberdeen University
  • University of Highlands and Islands (UHI)
  • Moray College

If you are not attending one of these establishments or are studying via the Open University, you still need to apply online. We will also need you to submit your student certificate as evidence of your student status by email to You have 21 days to submit the certificate. Please note that your letter of acceptance or offer is not confirmation that you have started your course.

You will have to provide your course start and end date when applying and your discount or exemption will end on your actual course end date, which will normally be before your graduation date.

If you are attending RGU, Aberdeen University, Moray College or UHI, please refer to your letter of offer for the start and end dates of your course.

NESCOL course dates for 2023/24 are from 28th August 2023 to 21st June 2024. These dates should be used on your application form. The majority of courses at North East Scotland College are one-year courses and your discount or exemption will be awarded for the duration of the academic year.

Apply for student Council Tax discount or exemption

View Council Tax privacy notice (PDF 152KB).