Help to pay rent if you're a student
If you’re studying full-time, you’re not usually eligible for benefits to pay your rent, such as Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. There are some exceptions.
Getting Universal Credit
You could get Universal Credit if you’re a student and you're:
responsible for a child
getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
20 years old or under, and doing a non-higher education course such as Highers
getting a State Pension
leaving your course temporarily because of illness or caring responsibilities
If you live with someone who gets Universal Credit
If you live with a partner who is not a student, they could get Universal Credit.
Your income will be counted as part of their claim. This includes any student grants or loans you get.
Getting Housing Benefit
Most people cannot make a new application for Housing Benefit. You’ll need to apply for Universal Credit instead.
If you already get Housing Benefit when you start studying, you could continue getting it. To see if you're eligible, check the Turn2Us guidance on Housing Benefit for students.
Getting other money help
To check if you’re eligible for benefits, use the Turn2Us benefits calculator.
For more detailed advice, speak to a benefits advisor at your local Citizens Advice. You can also get advice from the student association at your university or college.
Check on Student Information Scotland to see what extra financial help for students you could get.
You could get financial help through charitable grants. Search on the Turn2Us grant search.
Last updated: 4 October 2022