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 full-time students who can claim housing benefit. You can claim if you:

  • are a lone parent
  • have a partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child
  • claim income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance or income-related employment and support allowance as a student
  • have a disability and qualify for a disability premium, severe disability premium or income-related employment and support allowance
  • leave your course temporarily because of illness or caring responsibilities

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.

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

Housing benefits for students

Part-time students claiming housing benefit

Part-time students cannot claim housing benefit to pay for halls of residence or other university-owned housing. You can claim housing benefits to pay for the cost of accommodation if you rent privately.

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

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