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Council Tax

In this section, you will find information that full-time students are exempted from paying Council Tax. However, they must register their exemption with the council.

Students should be advised that a Council Tax is a tax set by local councils in the UK to pay for local services. It issues one bill per household and you are not liable if you are a full-time student. 

You can find out more about it in their Council tax page under The City of Edinburgh Council website. 

Council tax page under The City of Edinburgh Council website.

Find out about Council tax 

Although full-time students are exempted from paying tax, you are not automatically assumed to be so. If you live in private accommodation you must register your exemption with the Council yourself.

For those occupying private accommodation, you can see the details on how to pay for your council tax in the Pay Council Tax page under The City of Edinburgh Council website. 

Pay Council Tax (The City of Edinburgh Council website)

Council Tax Exemption Letters can be viewed, printed and sent through the Personal Details channel in your MyEd (requires university password). More information on the exemption letter can be accessed on the University Student Administration website. 

Council Tax Form (University Student Administration website)

 

The Edinburgh University Student Association website has further information on registering exemption with councils and on the Council Tax generally. 

Council Tax and Benefits (Edinburgh University Student Association website)

 

**Please note: If you live in University accommodation, your exemption will be registered for you by the University. 

Related links 

New Students homepage 

Student Support page