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Hi, I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with student finance so haven’t been able to move out yet, when I eventually do I am looking at a private rented flat and living by myself. I feel like there’s a bit of a grey area on council tax for students as I can’t find the answer I’m looking for online. I know students in halls are automatically exempt from council tax, but will I be exempt as a full time student living in a private rented flat (not ran by the unis or classed as student accommodation). The council tax is pretty hefty for my area if I was paying it by myself even with a discount so I was just after advice before I made a decision.
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Hi, I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with student finance so haven’t been able to move out yet, when I eventually do I am looking at a private rented flat and living by myself. I feel like there’s a bit of a grey area on council tax for students as I can’t find the answer I’m looking for online. I know students in halls are automatically exempt from council tax, but will I be exempt as a full time student living in a private rented flat (not ran by the unis or classed as student accommodation). The council tax is pretty hefty for my area if I was paying it by myself even with a discount so I was just after advice before I made a decision.
This might also seem like a bit of a dumb question, but even if I am living in a block of flats, my flat in itself will be considered one “household” is that correct? Or will the council tax bill be for the entire building, as a whole even with separate flats?
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if you're a student, you're exempted from paying council tax. All students are. If you live with a non-student, then they will have to pay council tax.
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and yes, you're exempted even for private rented flats
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(Original post by Ew2000x)
Hi, I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with student finance so haven’t been able to move out yet, when I eventually do I am looking at a private rented flat and living by myself. I feel like there’s a bit of a grey area on council tax for students as I can’t find the answer I’m looking for online. I know students in halls are automatically exempt from council tax, but will I be exempt as a full time student living in a private rented flat (not ran by the unis or classed as student accommodation). The council tax is pretty hefty for my area if I was paying it by myself even with a discount so I was just after advice before I made a decision.
You are exempt even if private rentals - it's you that the tax people care about in terms of assessing, not the specific property.

Source: I lived in a one-bed (non-student) flat during my undergrad, and saved over £900 a year on council tax due to my exemption.
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for the record
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ho...g-council-tax/
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