Council Tax Exemption
Council Tax Information
Council Tax is a charge imposed by Local Councils on its residents to cover the services it provides.
Full time students on a course that is at least one academic year’s duration are exempt from paying Council Tax.
Students who have to pay Council Tax (part time students for example) may be eligible for Council Tax Benefit and should contact their local council for further information on how to apply.
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?
How do I let the council know I am a full-time student?
As part of a data share arrangement the University will pass your details on to the following councils:
If you live in one of these council areas and receive a Council Tax bill, you and any other full-time students must contact the council to inform them that you are full-time students at LJMU. 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 Council Tax exemption certificate from the Student Admin Centre in your library.
My Parents have asked me to get a certificate but I live in one of the above areas, what should I do?
In some cases even students that live in one of the above areas may need a certificate. This is likely to be if you have a household made up of adults some of whom may be exempt and some who are not. This makes it easier for the council to calculate any benefits or disregards that apply. E.g. you live with your parents who claim Council Tax Benefit. In these cases you can request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate from the Student Admin Centre in your Library.
I am thinking of moving to Liverpool a few weeks before my course starts. Will I have to pay Council Tax?
Yes. You can only be disregarded for Council Tax from the start date of your course.
How do I request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate?
If you live in one of the local authorities listed above you will not normally need a certificate. However, if you should receive a bill you should contact the authority concerned and ask them to check your details on the information LJMU has issued them with. If they should still need a certificate you can request one form the Student Admin Centre in your Library.
The details on the Exemption Certificate include your current term time address that the University holds on your student record. You should therefore ensure that the University is kept up to date with your contact details.
Exemption Certificates can only be provided for students who are full time and have a student record on the University student record system.
Exemption certificates will only be provided for previous addresses if you have evidence of living there such as a tenancy agreement.
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.
I am thinking of suspending my studies, will I still have to pay Council Tax during my period of suspension?
This will depend on your personal circumstances. As a general rule you are still deemed to be a student during periods of suspension but please contact Student Advice by emailing Studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk or telephoning 0151 904 6056/6057 for further information.
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 an assessed part of your undergraduate programme you are still considered to be a full-time student and exempt from Council Tax charges.
I am an International Student and I have my family living with me. Are they exempt from Council Tax?
Generally speaking international students are treated exactly the same as home students so this will depend on your personal circumstances. You should contact the Advice Centre by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 023 8059 2085 for further information.
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 and not your graduation- usually the last day of the term (normally May). If you have not got a job or have a low income you may be eligible for Council Tax Benefit. Contact your local authority for more information.
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.