Council Tax helps to pay for services provided by local government. In Birmingham it is payable to Birmingham City Council.
Full-time students do not normally pay Council Tax, however you may need to apply for a Council Tax Exemption Certificate.
You are a full-time student if you are on a University course lasting for at least one academic year, for at least 24 weeks a year and are required to study for at least 21 hours per week during term time.
Rooms in Aston Student Village accommodation are exempt from Council Tax. You will not have to apply for a Council Tax Exemption Certificate. (Please note that rooms in The Old Fire Station are not exempt).
At Aston Brook Green the three and four bed flats are exempt from Council Tax. However, the one bedroom flats may attract Council Tax if you share the flat with someone who isn't a student, although the bill will be theirs to pay.
You can apply for your Council Tax certificate via MAP. When you order your certificate there is a link to an exemption form that you need to download, complete and send by post to the address on the form.
New students can apply on MAP from the third week of their first term. Returning students can apply at the start of the academic year. If you are re-sitting without full attendance, ask staff at The Hub reception desk for the exemption form because MAP will not work in these circumstances.
Students living within the Birmingham City Council area who complete the MAP task will have their details forwarded electronically directly to the Council, normally within 10 working days of their request. You should receive confirmation of this when you complete the MAP task.
Students living outside the Birmingham City Council area will be able to collect a Council Tax Exemption Certificate from the Advice Zone at The Hub immediately after requesting it on MAP.
If you have a query about Council Tax exemption, please visit the Advice Zone at The Hub or telephone 0121 204 4007.
If you have taken a leave of absence from your studies, you still count as being a full-time student, and are exempt from council tax.
If you live with with non-students, you do not have to pay Council Tax, however the non-student(s) will have to pay. If only one person you share with is not a student, they will be entitled to a single persons discount of 25% on their council tax. Find out more about the Single Persons Discount on the Birmingham City Council website.
If you own the property then the situation is different and you should contact the Hub for more information.
The non-EEA spouse or dependent of an international student will not have to pay Council Tax if their UK visa prevents them from either taking paid employment or from claiming public funds.
As most spouses can work, it is the fact that they are not allowed to claim public funds which means they are exempt from Council Tax. However, if you lose your council tax exemption status because the University cannot issue a certificate for some reason, you and your spouse you will be liable to pay council tax
If you're on a placement year and are sharing with other full-time students, you do not have to pay Council Tax. It does not matter whether your placement is paid or unpaid.
The Council Tax Exemption Certificate from the University may still be used.
By phone: 0121 303 1113 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Birmingham City Council, Resources Department, Revenues & Benefits, P.O.Box 5, Birmingham, B4 7AB
If you want to go in person please go to a Neighbourhood Office. You may need to book an appointment in advance.