Most full-time students are not eligible to claim housing benefit. Part-time students can usually claim housing benefit.
Full-time students who can claim housing benefit
There are some full-time students who can claim housing benefit.
This includes you if you are a student who:
- is a lone parent
- has a partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child
- is getting income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, or income-related employment and support allowance
- lives in supported accommodation and is on universal credit
- has a disability and qualifies for a disability premium or severe disability premium
- gets a disabled student's allowance because you are deaf
Income such as your student loan or any earnings is taken into account when your entitlement is calculated .
Find out more about benefits from Gov.uk
Foreign students studying in the UK can't usually claim housing benefit.
What types of accommodation does housing benefit pay for?
Full-time students who are entitled to claim housing benefit can get help towards all types of rented accommodation, including halls of residence and student flats.
Part-time students claiming housing benefit
You can claim housing benefits to pay for the cost of accommodation if you rent privately.
Part-time students cannot claim housing benefit to pay for halls of residence or other university-owned housing.