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 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 cannot claim housing benefit to pay for halls of residence or other university-owned housing.;
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
- your partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child
- you claim 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.
Income such as your student loan or any earnings is taken into account when your entitlement is calculated.