TV License

Student TV Licensing...Class 101


Who needs a TV License?

College or University students living away from home must have a TV license to watch or record television.

You also need a TV license to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV and BBC iPlayer.

A single TV license covers all of the following in a single property:

  • TV sets
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Mobile phones
  • Any other device that can receive a TV signal

You can find out more information HERE.

If you think you don't need one, you can find out more information HERE.


Get a refund if you're going home for the summer

If you are returning home for the summer holidays and only need a licence for nine months, you may qualify for a refund on the remaining three.

You can get more information from the students' section of the TV Licensing website or calling TV Licensing.


What you need to do

Exactly what you need to do about getting a TV licence depends on where you live.


Halls of residence

If you live in halls of residence and watch or record TV in your room, you will need your own TV licence.


Shared houses

If you have a shared tenancy agreement, with everyone in your house signing the same contract, you will usually need just one licence to cover all TV sets in the house.

If you have a separate tenancy agreement, with each tenant signing an individual contract with the landlord, each of you will need your own licence to use a set in your room.

Only one licence is needed if the only TV being used is in a communal area.


Battery-powered equipment

A TV set powered by its own internal batteries, such as a pocket-sized TV or mobile phone, is covered by a licence at your parents' address.

However, it must not be plugged into the mains while being used to receive television.

If there is no licence at your parents' address you will need to buy your own.


How to buy a licence

You can buy or renew a TV licence online with a credit or debit card by visiting the TV licencing website.

It also has information on other ways to pay. These include paying by post, by direct debit, via a savings card or over the counter at a PayPoint outlet.


What happens if you're caught without a licence?

Using a TV or any other device (for example, tablet, set-top box, DVD recorder or PC) to watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV without a valid TV licence is against the law and could lead to prosecution and a fine up to £1,000, not to mention the embarrassment and hassle of a court appearance.


How to claim a refund

You could qualify for a refund of almost £37 if you buy a TV licence before the end of October then return home for the summer holidays. For more information on how to claim, contact TV licensing on 0300 790 6090 or visit the website.


TV licence concessions

If you or someone you live with is registered blind, you'll qualify for a 50% cut on the cost of your TV licence. Concessions are also available for people living in residential care. For more information, follow the link below or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.