...or so I thought. Today, I got a letter from the university, confirming that actually, despite not taking any classes, having any contact with supervisors or in fact pretty much any contact with the university whatsoever, I am still officially classed as a full-time student. Apparently finishing the full-time part of the PhD doesn't change your registration, and you continue to be registered as full-time until final submission.
This is weird for me. On the one hand, it's good news, as I can now apply for a whole range of cheap deals -- quarter-price conference fees, hopefully a railcard for the daily commute, and possibly even exemption from council tax. A part of me is wondering if I should feel cheated that I was missing out on all these things for the past few months. However, a part of me just feels like it's a bit of a step backwards. Free stuff is great, and potentially a big financial relief, but I do sometimes wonder if I'm ever going to stop being a student (in the literal sense, not in the "all academics are students for life" sense), and move on with my life.