Can students claim housing benefit?

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.

Check who counts as a full-time student for benefits purposes with Turn2Us

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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.

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

Housing benefits for students

Part-time students

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

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