New Students

Council tax

Council tax is money that your local council charges each household for services such as transport, water usage and waste.

If you are a full-time student you may be exempt from paying council tax, but you must remember to register for an exemption.

Living in University accommodation

If you live in University managed accommodation, your exemption will be registered for you by the University.

Living in private accommodation

If you live in private accommodation you must register your exemption with the council yourself. The council may offer:

  • a 25% discount if all but one of the adults living at the property are students
  • a 100% exemption if the property is occupied solely by students

Apply for student council tax discount or exemption (The City of Edinburgh Council Website)

Council tax exemption letter

You will only be required to send an exemption letter to a council if they have requested you do so. Council tax exemption letters can be viewed, printed and sent through the Personal Details channel in your MyEd account. For further information, you can contact the City of Edinburgh Council directly:

How to get a council tax exemption letter

Login to MyEd

Keep your address up to date on your student record

Your address details need to be correct on your student record throughout your time of study and must be completed each time you secure and move into private accommodation. You can update your address as often as you move via MyEd.

Advice on council tax

The Advice Place provides further information to help you understand council tax and how to register for an exemption:

Council tax (The Advice Place website)