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Get student council tax discounts Local authorities control council tax support. Each one decides what help to offer its residents. Ask your local authority what discounts and benefits are available in your area, but here are the basic rules for wherever you're living: Only live with students? If you're a full-time student living alone or with other students you don't need to pay council tax, whether there's two, three or even 10 of you living together. Live with a non-student? The cost of council tax is based on a minimum of two adults living in a home. Some people - like students, people on apprentice schemes, and carers (see for a full list) - don't count as adults and are known as 'disregarded people' which means they're entitled to a council tax discount. So if a student lives with a non-student, the student is disregarded. This means the council tax could be reduced as if only a single person lives there, meaning a potential 25% reduction. But this poses a moral dilemma. Is it fair for the non-student to pay the entire 75% due, or should the student contribute? Our suggestion is to split the 25% difference between the two, so the non-student pays 62.5% and the student 12.5%. Live with more than one non-student? Here, while the student again is exempt, because there are two non-students the house has to pay the full 100% charge. So again, it gets complex. The student hasn’t added to the council tax bill, but nor has their presence resulted in a discount. So again, you'll need to decide if and how you want to split it, though the legal stance is that full-time students aren't liable for the bill if non-students can't or don't pay. All comments are from money saving expert

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