Council Tax is set by Local Authorities to help pay for certain services that they provide. Find more information on this here.
Full-time students following an award-bearing programme of study that requires more than 21 hours of study per week, for at least 24 weeks in each academic year should be exempt from the payment of Council Tax. If you are continuing on the same course after the summer, your status will normally cover you over the summer period.
If your term time address is within Glasgow City Council's area, we will send your details by file to Glasgow City Council confirming your status as a full time student. We send the first file in October 2016 and updates regularly after that . You should complete Part 1 of their Exemption Form, further information can be found here Glasgow City Council Students and Council Tax.
If your term time address is not in Glasgow City Council's area, there is a new facility to create your certificate.
- Go to My Service portal. You may need to login using your domain username and password
- Under My Service menu, click on Requests, then Browse Request Catalogue
- Either browse to find Student Status Confirmation Letter category or type ‘letter’ in the search box
- Click Order
- For Council Tax, choose Standard Letter. Click on Submit and the letter will be emailed to your University email account
You should get an email with the certificate attached as a pdf file within 5 minutes. If you need a hard copy of the certificate, you can open and print it yourself. You should send the certificate to your own Local Authority along with their exemption claim form.
If your term address is outside the UK, we will not automatically send out a certificate. Please email email@example.com and request a Council Tax Exemption certificate.
However, please note that your address may not be eligible for exemption or discount if there are other adult residents at the address who are not full-time students. You will get full details in Council Tax in Scotland - a guide for students.
Council Tax exemption for students living in University accommodation at Caledonian Court will be handled by the Accommodation Office.
If you are an articulating student and you wish to claim exemption over the summer period, you should contact your own Local Authority and provide to them the confirmation of your offer of a place at GCU. During October we will either confirm your student status electronically to Glasgow City Council or you can create your own exemption certificate (see above).
On the last year of your course, full time student status normally finishes at the end of the exam diet for the trimester you last attend classes in. For most students this is the Trimester 2 exam diet. You can see the dates of the academic year here. Your full time status does not extend to your graduation or re-sit diet if you need to re-enter exams.
Further information for international students is available from UKCISA (Council tax and international students).
You need to claim your Council Tax exemption/discount from your local authority - it will not be automatically awarded.