Council Tax

Check if you're exempt from paying Council Tax, how to apply and where to go for help.

Council Tax

Check if you have to pay

Council Tax is a charge set by your local Council to help pay for certain public services. It’s based on the value of the property you live in.

You don’t have to pay Council Tax if you’re registered on a full-time course that:

  • lasts at least one academic year; and
  • requires attendance for at least 24 weeks per year

You do have to pay Council Tax if you:

  • are a part-time student
  • are awaiting results after your course end date
  • are on a short course lasting less than 24 study weeks
  • have completed one course of study and are waiting to start another (e.g. between undergraduate and postgraduate study)

Council Tax Video

Apply for exemption 

1. You must provide the council with a Council Tax exemption certificate. You can download this by logging into MUSE and visiting:

  • My Services > View all Services > Council Tax Exemption Letter

You can also collect your certificate in person from SSiD or request it online.

Visit SSiD

Request Council Tax exemption certificate 

2. Once you've received your certificate you can apply for exemption by visiting the Council's page below. 

Year in industry / employment

You’re exempt from Council Tax if you’re doing a year in industry / employment as part of your undergraduate degree.

Regulations on council tax exemption may differ between councils.

Leave of absence /external students

You’re exempt from Council Tax as long as you’re registered on a full-time course.

If your leave of absence runs for an extended period, the council might re-assess your eligibility for exemption.

Postgraduate research students

You’ll be exempt from Council Tax until you’ve completed your degree.

If you’ve submitted your thesis, please visit the page below to check whether you can obtain an updated exemption certificate.

Erasmus / Study Abroad students

If you’re studying with us for less than one academic year (24 study weeks) the Council will assess your eligibility for exemption on an individual basis.

You must provide them with the following documents:

1. Confirmation of your student status at your home university.

2. A Certificate of Student Status confirming your attendance at the University of Sheffield. You can get this online or in person from SSiD.

Visit SSiD

Request Certificate of Student Status online

ELTC students

If you’re studying one or multiple short ELTC courses (less than 24 study weeks) the Council will assess your eligibility for exemption on an individual basis.

  • e.g. summer school pre-sessional English courses

You may be exempt from paying if:

  • you’re continuing your studies after your language course ends; and
  • there is no gap between finishing your language course and starting your degree course; and
  • the combined length of both courses is more than one academic year

You must provide the Council with:

  • an offer letter for your degree course
  • a Certificate of Student Status confirming your registration on the ELTC course – you can obtain this online or in person from SSiD

Visit SSiD

Request Certificate of Student Status online

Questions?

For queries about Council Tax disputes or information you've received from the Council, book an appointment with an advisor at the Student Advice Centre. 

Contact Student Advice Centre

For any other queries about your bill and exemption, contact Sheffield City Council.

Contact Sheffield City Council

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