Most full-time students are not eligible for housing benefit but part-time students can usually claim.
Full-time students who can claim
If you're a full-time student, you may be able to claim housing benefit if you:
- are under 21 and not in higher education (for example, studying A-levels at college)
- receive income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, or income-related employment and support allowance
- live in supported accommodation and receive universal credit
- have dependent children who are classed as part of your household
- are a lone foster carer
- have a disability and qualify for a disability premium or severe disability premium
- get a disabled student's allowance because you are deaf
Income including your student loan and any other earnings are taken into account when your housing benefit is calculated.
Foreign students studying in the UK can't claim housing benefit.
Types of accommodation you can claim 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.
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.
Examples include if you:
- have dependent children
- are disabled
- receive income-related benefits.
Last updated 25 Apr 2016 | © Shelter