Housing Benefit is designed to help with the cost of your rent if you live in privately rented accommodation, University halls, housing association or local authority accommodation but not if you live with your parents. Some students can claim housing benefit but it is means tested so any loan or grant you receive will affect your entitlement.

Full time students

Most full time students are not entitled to Housing Benefit, however there are exceptions as detailed below:

  • If you claim Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance you can claim the maximum amount of Housing Benefit.
  • Lone parents are entitled to Housing Benefit if your child is below 16 years of age (or below 20 but in full time further education or approved training).
  • Pensioners are entitled to Housing Benefit for the duration of their course. If either you or your partner is a pensioner you can claim Housing Benefit.
  • Disabled students can claim Housing Benefit if you have been incapable of work for the last 28 weeks. You can also claim if you receive Disabled Students Allowance due to deafness.
  • Student couples with children can claim Housing Benefit throughout the year if both parents are students and the child/children you care for are below 16 years of age (or under 20 but in full-time further education or approved training).
  • If you are single and foster a child either through the local authority or through a private organisation you can claim Housing Benefit for the duration of your course or for as long as you have fostering responsibilities.
  • If you are a student but your partner is not, he/she is entitled to make a claim for both of you.
  • You get Universal Credit, unless your Universal Credit includes an amount for housing costs

Part time students

Part time students can claim Housing Benefit for the duration of the course provided you are paying rent on your ‘normal home’ and are not living with a family relative.