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Council Tax Letters

General Information 

The Council Tax is set by local authorities to help pay for certain services they provide. It is based on the value of the house, flat or other dwelling in which you live. Full time students on an award bearing course, undertaking a period of study of at least 21 hours per week and attending for at least 24 weeks within an academic year, are normally exempt from this tax. If you are living in University accommodation or a flat which is shared by other students (as described above) you will be exempt from paying this tax. If you are married and your wife/husband is with you in Glasgow they will be given exemption if they are not a British citizen and are prevented by the terms of their leave to enter and remain in the UK from taking paid employment or from claiming benefits. All students (married or single) who will be living in rented flats in the private sector should seek more information about payment of this tax when you are negotiating contracts for renting your room or flat.   

One semester exchange students from the EU also require a letter from their home institution confirming the course undertaken is full-time, the numbers of hours attended per week and the number of weeks, course qualification, course programme and duration of course. The home institution is also required to confirm they have permitted the student to undertake a course of study as part of their course at Strathclyde and provide the exact period of attendance here.

Two semester exchange students require a letter from their home establishment confirming they are attending a period of non-graduating study at Strathclyde which is linked or affiliated to their course in the EU. Details of course programme, course qualification, hours and weeks attended and the exact period of attendance at Strathclyde and the home institution must be provided.

A request for a certificate can be requested by clicking the 'Council Tax' link found on PEGASUS.  (Note that Postgraduate Research Students classified as 'writing up' cannot request a certificate online - see below for details).

Students who get the council tax link are:

Registered on a full-time programme, leading to a certificate, diploma or degree offered by Strathclyde University, once the programme has started or the academic session the programme is associated with has started.

This also includes part-time on a full-time programme (who intend to go back to full-time), voluntary suspension, academic suspension, registered with attendance.

 Students who do not get the council tax link are:

  • Those with a current contract for accommodation in University Halls of residence.
  • A member of Staff.
  • Postgraduate Research students who are part-time on a full-time programme.
  • Students on a non-graduating programme including exchange students.  Exchange students are not elligible since they are not graduating with an award from a UK institution.  

Students who are registered as writing-up do not have the link to apply for a Council Tax certificate as, before a certificate can be issued, the University is required to confirm the student is continuing to attend this University on a full time basis.  Please email Student Business at the appropriate Faculty mailbox requesting a copy of the Council Tax Certificate Request:

studentbusiness-business@strath.ac.uk

studentbusiness-engineering@strath.ac.uk

studentbusiness-hass@strath.ac.uk

studentbusiness-science@strath.ac.uk

Once a student has received the form they should contact their supervisor who should complete and sign the form, the supervisor should then scan and email the form to Student Business at the appropriate Faculty mailbox (above).  When confirmation has been received Student Business will prepare a certificate and inform the student by email when it is ready for collection from the Student Lifecycle Services counter in the McCance building.

EU exchange students are excluded from this rule and can request their council tax letter either in person from the Student Lifecycle Services counter in the McCance building, or by emailing the appropriate Faculty mailbox below: 

studentbusiness-business@strath.ac.uk

studentbusiness-engineering@strath.ac.uk

studentbusiness-hass@strath.ac.uk

studentbusiness-science@strath.ac.uk

 

For more information on students and Council Tax see 'Council Tax - A Guide for Students' and Eligibility for Glasgow City Council 



Bank Letters

The University provides Bank letters to all students in order to assist them in opening a bank account.

Bank letter requests are ONLY available as an Online Service on PEGASUS from the day after registration is completed.

If you need help logging on, please contact the ITS Help Desk in the Library.

 

Status Letters

At various stages throughout your studies it may be necessary to obtain confirmation of status as a student at the University. In situations where the student identity card is insufficient evidence, or documentary evidence is required, e.g. visa extensions, students can apply for a status letter which will state their course of study and other relevant information (e.g. fees).

Status letter requests are ONLY available as an Online Service on PEGASUS.

If you need help logging on, please contact the ITS Help Desk in the Library.