Council tax exemption

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 studentrecords@gcu.ac.uk 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.

FAQs

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How to apply

The University will send information electronically to Glasgow City Council of students who have told us that their term-time address is in Glasgow. This is usually done in October for students starting study in Trimester A and February for students starting in Trimester B. However, you also need to complete a Glasgow City Council, Council Tax exemption form. You will find information and the exemption form on the Glasgow City Council web-site: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk In section 2 of the form you should write: information will be sent electronically by GCU. The University does not then need to complete or stamp the form.

If your Local Authority is not Glasgow City Council, you should go to My Service portal to create a Council Tax Exemption Certificate to send to your Local Authority with your Council Tax exemption form. The University does not then need to complete or stamp the form.

If you change your address, you must update your student record and also let the Local Authority know. If your new address is within Glasgow City Council area, the University will send updated information electronically to Glasgow City Council. If your new address is in the area of another Local Authority, you should go to My Service portal to get a new Council Tax Exemption Certificate to send to your Local Authority.

I am an international student at GCU. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

If you are a full-time student and 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, you should be exempt from the payment of Council Tax.

Further information for international students is available from UKCISA (Council tax and international students).

I am an EU exchange student at GCU. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

If you are an EU exchange student living in University accommodation at Caledonian Court, you are exempt from having to pay Council Tax. Your eligibility for Council Tax exemption will be handled by the Accommodation Office.

If you are an EU exchange student and are not living in University accommodation at Caledonian Court, you are exempt from having to pay Council Tax. However, to claim your exemption you must follow the procedure outlined below:

You must complete the form from your Local Authority and also send to the Local Authority a letter from your home institution with the following details on it:

  • Confirmation that the programme of study you are following is full-time;
  • The number of hours attended per week;
  • The number of weeks attended each academic year;
  • The qualification that will be achieved on completion of the programme;
  • The programme title;
  • The duration of the programme;
  • Confirmation that the institution have permitted you to undertake a period of study at GCU as part of your programme of study
  • The exact period of attendance at GCU
I am an Exchange student from outside the EU at GCU. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

If you are an Exchange student from outside the EU, you will not be eligible for Council Tax exemption unless you are resident in Caledonian Court.

I am a Science without Borders student from outside the EU at GCU. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

If you are a Science without Borders student from outside the EU, you will not be eligible for Council Tax Exemption unless you are resident in Caledonian Court

 

I am an INTO student. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

If you are an INTO student, speak to the INTO office about your Council Tax exemption

I am an INTO student, starting a Full Time course at GCU. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

The INTO office will deal with your Council Tax exemption while you are an INTO student.  GCU will confirm the start date of your Full Time course.  You are not eligible for Council Tax exemption for the time between your INTO course and your Full Time course

I am a Part-time student. Do I get Council Tax exemption?

Part-time students do not get Council Tax exemption or discount but might be able to claim Council Tax Benefit. You should contact your Local Authority for more information

I am writing up my dissertation. Do I have to pay Council Tax?

Students writing up a thesis or dissertation should contact Student Records or go to the Registry desk. Student Records will need to confirm with your academic department that your study meets the requirement of being 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.

I am a research student. Do I have to pay Council Tax?

Students on research programmes should be eligible for Council Tax exemption if your academic department can confirm that your study meets the requirement of being 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. For further help, please contact Student Records or go to the Registry desk.

I have taken time-out from my programme of study. Do I have to pay Council Tax?

Students who are registered on a programme which meets the requirement of being 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 but who take timeout from the programme of study should be eligible for Council Tax exemption. The University will provide you or your Local Authority with the necessary confirmation of your student status.

I have received a Council Tax bill but I am a full-time student, what should I do?

You should check with Student Records that the term-time address held for you is correct. If not, then you must update your student record and also let the Local Authority know.

If you have not already done so, you should complete and send to your Local Authority, their Council Tax exemption form.

Check with Student Records by emailing Student Records or going to the Registry desk to confirm if they have provided you or your Local Authority with confirmation of your student status.

If all of this has been done, you should contact your Local Authority directly.

I have been contacted by debt collection agency (Scott & Co., Walker Love or BCW group) regarding Council Tax– I am a full-time student, what should I do?

You should check with Student Records that the term-time address held for you is correct. If not, then you must update your student record and also let the Local Authority know.

If you have not already done so, you should complete and send to your Local Authority their Council Tax exemption form.

Check with Student Records by emailing Student Records or going to the Registry desk to confirm if they have provided, you or your Local Authority, with confirmation of your student status.

If all of this has been done, you should contact your Local Authority directly.

I have been contacted by debt collection agency (Scott & Co., Walker Love or BCW group) regarding Council Tax– I am a full-time student, what should I do?

You should check with Student Records that the term-time address held for you is correct. If not, then you must update your student record and also let the Local Authority know.

If you have not already done so, you should complete and send to your Local Authority their Council Tax exemption form.

Check with Student Records by emailing Student Records or going to the Registry desk to confirm if they have provided, you or your Local Authority, with confirmation of your student status.

If all of this has been done, you should contact your Local Authority directly.