Housing Benefit and Students

This topic contains some basic information about whether students can claim Housing Benefit. For clarification on an individual case, please contact RichardO.Smith@cambridge.gov.uk.


Some full time students are eligible to claim HB


The rules which exempt a student from claiming do not apply to a full time student -

o Income support, or

o jobseekers allowance (income-based), or

o employment and support allowance (income-related) or

o universal credit, EXCEPT where the award includes housing costs, or

o beginning on the day he recovered from his illness or ceased to care for another person, and

o ending on the earliest of -

 the day he resumes the course, or

 the day from which the educational establishment has agtreed that he may resume his course