Below is a list of FAQS which may help answer any questions you have. 

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 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 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 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. 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?

If you are a Full Time Research Student, you should be eligible for council tax exemption. Follow the application processes as detailed above.  If you need further help, email studentrecords@gcu.ac.uk   

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/I have been contacted by a debt collecting agency
  • Do you stay in Glasgow City Council area? Ensure you complete their online exemption form.
  • Any other council area – check their website for how to apply for exemption.  Complete their exemption form and forward with a student status letter.
  • If you need an updated letter, download from My Service a status letter to provide the Local Authority with the correct details.

If you are Glasgow City Council, check with Student Records that they have forwarded confirmation of your student status by emailing Student Records.

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