Can students claim housing benefit?

Most full-time students are not eligible to claim housing benefit. Part-time students can usually claim housing benefit

If you're not sure about whether you’re a full-time or part-time student, ask your university or college.

Foreign students studying in the UK can’t usually claim housing benefit.

What types of accommodation will 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 cannot claim housing benefit to pay for halls of residence or other university-owned housing.

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Full-time students who can claim for housing benefit

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

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

Your income – such as your student loan or any earnings you have – will be taken into account when your entitlement is calculated.

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