Important information about council tax certificates and those who are exempt Important information about council tax certificates and those who are exempt

Council Tax is the way in which local Councils in England and Wales fund the services and facilities they provide. All the households within the Council's district should register with the Council for Council Tax purposes and each household will receive a Council Tax bill from the Council. In simple terms, the bill is calculated partly on the value of the property and partly on the number and type of occupants living in the property. The Council Tax year runs from 1 April in one year to 31 March in the following year (eg 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016).

Full time students on courses of at least a full academic year and one-semester ERASMUS students are entitled to student status for Council Tax purposes and will receive a Council Tax certificate confirming their status from the University.  

Take a look at the Council Tax Explanatory Notes page for further information on the following:

  • Council Tax Exemption
  • Eligibility for student status
  • How to register with the Council for Council Tax Purposes
  • What to do if you cease to be eligible for student status
  • The status of students who interrupt their studies.

As University residences are exempt from Council Tax, students living in them do not need to register with their local Council for Council Tax purposes.

Students living outside of University residences should register with their local Council for Council Tax purposes. For most students this is likely to be Norwich City Council, whose contact details are: Revenue Services, City Hall, Norwich NR2 1WJ. The main telephone number is 0344 9803333 and further information is available on their web site at: http://www.norwich.gov.uk.

Please note that if you remain living outside of UEA residences after the end date stated on your Council Tax Exemption Certificate you may no longer be eligible for Council Tax exemption.  Please check with your local Council Tax office.

Part Time Students and Council Tax

We have a further guidance note on the page regarding part time students and council tax.

Further Information and Advice Regarding Council Tax

Any queries regarding your Council Tax bill should initially be addressed to your local Council Tax Office. If you would like further help or advice with Council Tax, you might like to contact the Union of UEA Students Advice Centre, based in Union House.

Additional Information For Postgraduate Research Students

Council Tax Exemption Certificates will be available to you whilst you are in your full-time period of advanced study and research. When you commence the writing-up period for your thesis you will no longer be entitled to a certificate. You can, however, obtain a letter covering your writing-up period from the Postgraduate Research Office in the Elizabeth Fry Building.

How to Obtain a Council Tax Certificate

Once students have completed all elements of registration at the beginning of each academic year they can print their own Council Tax Exemption Certificate from the relevant link on their e:Vision home page.

It is the University's policy to only issue Council Tax Certificates directly to students and we will not issue certificates to third parties without the student's consent to do so.