Housing Benefit: reductions for students

  1. Housing Benefit: reductions for students (You are here)
  2. Eligibility
  3. Students from abroad
  4. Student nurses
  5. Student loans
  6. Evidence we need to see

Most full-time students can't get Housing Benefit.

The Government expects them to use other money like their student loan or hardship fund payments (access-to-learning fund payments) to pay their rent and Council Tax.


A student is 'a person who is attending or undertaking a course of study at an educational establishment'.

This includes study at any level - whether at school, college, university, or some other establishment such as a training hospital (so student nurses are included). It must be study, not training, so people on government (and other) training schemes do not count as students.

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