The Council Tax is set by local Councils to pay for local services. There is one bill per dwelling (whether it is owned or rented) which is normally payable by the owner-occupier(s) or tenant(s).
A student living elsewhere than in a Hall of Residence may be asked by the Council to prove his/her student status (e.g. in order to prove that a student flat is entitled to exemption).
You are not automatically exempt from council tax: you must register exemption with the Council yourself.
Registry will provide the City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council with a list of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are resident within these areas. The information contained in the listing will comply with the Data Protection Act. Students are given an opportunity to opt out of this list by ticking a box on the back of their matriculation form. The Council will use a student list from Registry to verify your status as a matriculated student at the University.
The Council does not automatically grant exemption to a student based on the list alone: you must specifically ask for exemption, from the Council directly. Advise on how to apply for exemption is available on the Councils’ websites:
You will be asked by the Council to provide the following information: Name, Matriculation Number, your Term Time Address, the Date you moved in, your previous address, Name of University, Start and End Date of Programme of Study.
Please note that students do not have to complete a Confirmation of Student Status Form sent out by Edinburgh Council if they have agreed at matriculation that Registry can include them on the list sent to the City of Edinburgh Council.
The council may ask for you to provide a Certificate of Student Status. If they do you can obtain one from the Academic Registry (see below).
Full-time students living outside of the City of Edinburgh area can request a Certificate of Student Status from the Registry to accompany any form issued by a Local Council.
A Certificate of Student Status should be used if your council asks you for proof that you are a full-time student at the University of Edinburgh. The Council may give form for the University to complete however we issue a Certificate of Student Status which the Council should accept instead.
The Academic Registry can provide a Certificate of Student Status to any individual student (and ex-students up to one year after studies have ceased). This certificate will include your address details and the dates you commenced your studies and are expected to finish your studies. Certificates will only be produced if a student is fully matriculated.
Certificates will be posted to eligible students (to term time address only) within 14 working days of the request being received (21 days during September). Those who are eligible for exemption for only a part of the period of their studies will instead be provided with a letter detailing the periods of eligibility.
If you need to update your term time address please e-mail Registry.
Because of the personal nature of the information the certificate contains, certificates can only be requested by the student concerned and not by third parties (e.g. flatmates, landlords).
This article was published on Sep 7, 2012