Please read the below prior to requesting a letter.
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).
Students who are exempt:
Properties which may be exempt
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.
If your method of study is recorded as part-time, then in the opinion of the University, your studies do not require on average 21 hours of study, tuition or work experience in at least 24 weeks in each academic session. You are not eligible for exemption, even if you choose to study more than 21 hours per week whilst registered on a part-time programme.
Students living in Edinburgh or Midlothian
Student Administration 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 when they register with the University. The Council will use a student list from Student Administration 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. Advice 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 Student Administration can include them on the list sent to the City of Edinburgh Council.
The council may ask for you to provide a Council Tax Exemption Letter. If they do you can obtain one from Student Administration (see below).
Please note that the Council will only accept as valid documentation issued by Student Administration. Documents or letters provided by other departments or staff in the University will not be accepted.
Students living outwith Edinburgh and Midlothian:
Full-time students living outside of the City of Edinburgh area can request a Certificate of Student Status from Student Administration to accompany any form issued by a Local Council.
Paper copies can be requested and will be mailed with 10 working days.[order]