Can students claim housing benefit?

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

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.

Find out more about privately rented student accommodation and halls of residence.

Housing benefits for students

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.

Find out more from Turn2Us about claiming benefits as a part-time student.

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