International students are liable for Council Tax in the same way as Home and EU students (see full-time and part-time information above).
If you are on a short-term English course and do not intend to continue to a degree course with the University of Essex you will not be eligible for Council Tax exemption.
However, you may be eligible to claim a reduction if you are not solely or mainly resident in the UK. In order to claim this reduction you would need to write to the Local Authority explaining this. Each case is looked at on an individual basis and the reduction is not guaranteed.
People who are in the UK with a visa as the dependant of a student, are usually exempt from paying Council Tax. Therefore, accommodation occupied by eligible full-time International students living only with their dependants, should be exempt from Council Tax. In this situation a copy of the Dependent's visa should be sent to the Local Authority along with the Council Tax Certificate.
We recommend you read the UKCISA (The UK Council for International Student Affairs) information about Council Tax for international students.
Essex English Language Programme (formerly PEP) / Pre-sessional English students
Pathway courses are usually less than a year in duration so do not exempt you from paying Council Tax. However, students who are also holding an offer for a full-time degree at University of Essex (starting immediately after the pathway course ends) may still be exempt from Council Tax.
Students in this situation only should contact Essex Pathways to request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate.