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

If you're a full-time student, you may be able to claim housing benefit.

For example if you:

  • are a lone parent
  • have a partner who is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child
  • receive income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, or income-related employment and support allowance 
  • live in supported accommodation and receive universal credit
  • have a disability and qualify for a disability premium or severe disability premium 
  • get a disabled student's allowance because you are deaf

When your housing benefit is calculated, income such as your student loan or any other earnings is taken into account.

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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 usually claim housing benefit if you're a part-time student and you rent privately.

But if you're studying part-time and stay in university-owned housing or halls of residence, you can only claim housing benefit if you fall into certain categories, for example you're disabled or you have children or you receive income-related benefits.

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


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