Can a full time University student also be on Universal Credit (Jobcentre) ?

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I'm looking to start University next year in September 2022, but the thing is I am a 27 year old adult who lives in a 1 bedroom flat and I also have to pay rent and bills etc, all of which is helped through housing benefit. As of current I am not spending any of my own money towards the rent as it is all covered/paid by the housing benefit that I receive. The bills I pay however are used from the allowance/funds I receive through Universal Credit which is £317.00 per month.

I had heard some stuff that if you are a full time University Student then you are not eligible to receive Universal Credit. Now this may not seem like a problem for someone who's situation/circumstance revolves around them living in a family household (e.g. with parents and siblings) as they might not need to worry about rent or bills etc, as is the case with most teens and youngsters, but the thing I worry about is if it is the case that I am no longer entitled to Universal Credit then could it be that the housing benefit I receive will also be stopped? Because to me it seems like the only way I will have to pay for everything then will have to be through the grant/bursary the University gives to me, which I think is like £1000 a year (I could be wrong on this)? This will include rent, bills, food etc. Now because I have not been through this kind of situation before I can understandably assume I might be overthinking things or worrying too much as their may be those of you out there who have been through this and easily managed. This is why I am asking this question.

Sure enough some smartass can just respond and say 'Oh well I had a university accommodation and that was easy for me so why can't you do it bla bla bla'. Well the thing with that is it would mean me having to leave my current apartment and giving it all up for the sake of renting out a dorm at the University, not happening. For all I know I might be completely wrong here, the housing benefit might not be stopped at all, it could just be a case of the monthly income I receive through Universal Credit is all. If that is the case then I don't see it being too much of a problem because I can see £1000 being enough to clear a few costs, but for a whole year? I doubt it, just enough for a term maybe. I haven't filled out my UCAS application for next year, but before I do I'd like to know if there will be asking questions regarding if I am on Universal Credit or not, or whatever etc. What if one was just to lie and say there are not? Because it's not like the Jobcentre would even know I'm attending University, they haven't called me there in over a year haha, I must be lost in their system or something.

Like I said, I don't know, maybe I'm exaggerating, overthinking, just worrying too much. It's best to hear out things coming from those that have experienced going through this.

EDIT: I'd like to clarify that I am not living under a private landlord, it is a housing association and therefore the rent per month required is almost the same from what I'm receiving through Universal Credit.
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No, full time university students usually cannot receive benefits. You will need to notify the job centre - if you don't tell them, you will be committing fraud.
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(Original post by mrreddit123)
I'm looking to start University next year in September 2022, but the thing is I am a 27 year old adult who lives in a 1 bedroom flat and I also have to pay rent and bills etc, all of which is helped through housing benefit. As of current I am not spending any of my own money towards the rent as it is all covered/paid by the housing benefit that I receive. The bills I pay however are used from the allowance/funds I receive through Universal Credit which is £317.00 per month.

I had heard some stuff that if you are a full time University Student then you are not eligible to receive Universal Credit. Now this may not seem like a problem for someone who's situation/circumstance revolves around them living in a family household (e.g. with parents and siblings) as they might not need to worry about rent or bills etc, as is the case with most teens and youngsters, but the thing I worry about is if it is the case that I am no longer entitled to Universal Credit then could it be that the housing benefit I receive will also be stopped? Because to me it seems like the only way I will have to pay for everything then will have to be through the grant/bursary the University gives to me, which I think is like £1000 a year (I could be wrong on this)? This will include rent, bills, food etc. Now because I have not been through this kind of situation before I can understandably assume I might be overthinking things or worrying too much as their may be those of you out there who have been through this and easily managed. This is why I am asking this question.

Sure enough some smartass can just respond and say 'Oh well I had a university accommodation and that was easy for me so why can't you do it bla bla bla'. Well the thing with that is it would mean me having to leave my current apartment and giving it all up for the sake of renting out a dorm at the University, not happening. For all I know I might be completely wrong here, the housing benefit might not be stopped at all, it could just be a case of the monthly income I receive through Universal Credit is all. If that is the case then I don't see it being too much of a problem because I can see £1000 being enough to clear a few costs, but for a whole year? I doubt it, just enough for a term maybe. I haven't filled out my UCAS application for next year, but before I do I'd like to know if there will be asking questions regarding if I am on Universal Credit or not, or whatever etc. What if one was just to lie and say there are not? Because it's not like the Jobcentre would even know I'm attending University, they haven't called me there in over a year haha, I must be lost in their system or something.

Like I said, I don't know, maybe I'm exaggerating, overthinking, just worrying too much. It's best to hear out things coming from those that have experienced going through this.

EDIT: I'd like to clarify that I am not living under a private landlord, it is a housing association and therefore the rent per month required is almost the same from what I'm receiving through Universal Credit.
Have you checked how much maintenance loan you qualify for. (The loan is the reason you dont qualify for UC)
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In terms of your current situation, it's more unusual for someone to get Universal Credit as well as Housing Benefit. Usually Universal Credit claimants have rent paid by Universal Credit housing costs and not by Housing Benefit. There are situations where Universal Credit can be paid for living costs and Housing Benefit for rent such as in Supported Living accommodation.

Most full-time university students won't be entitled to Universal Credit and probably not to Housing Benefit. There are some who will be entitled but it depends on their individual circumstances. You could get advice from Citizens Advice.

The problem with getting advice on here is that the benefits system is very complex and there don't appear to be many benefits advice specialists who log on to the TSR. People on here can be very helpful but there is a danger you will be given incorrect advice here as benefit rules can be complicated. It would be best to contact a specialist benefits advice line or agency or Citizens Advice. Good luck with it all.
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