Do you need a TV licence?

Tuesday 24-09-2013 - 09:37

Do I need a TV Licence at university?

You need a TV Licence if you’re watching or recording television programmes as they’re being shown on TV. This applies whatever device you’re watching on – a TV, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console, and however you’re receiving the programmes – via an aerial, satellite, cable or streaming through the internet.

It’s the law, and anyone in halls of residence who watches or records television programmes as they’re being shown on TV without a valid TV Licence is at risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

A colour TV Licence costs £145.50. There are lots of different ways to pay – all in one go or spreading the cost weekly, monthly or quarterly. Just choose whatever’s best for you.

Don't forget the student refund

If you’re leaving your halls or rented accommodation and moving back home for the summer, there’s a good chance you won’t need your TV Licence if there’s one at home. If there are three full calendar months before your licence expires, you can get a refund for the unused quarter of your licence.

If you’d like a refund or further information, simply click on the following link: TV Licensing for students or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.


When don’t I need a licence?

If you only ever watch catch-up TV services such as iPlayer, 4oD and ITV Player, or only watch Blu-rays, DVDs or downloaded videos, you don’t need a TV Licence.

If you think you don’t need one, you can find out more information and let us know by visiting


Why is it worth getting a TV Licence?

A TV Licence covers you to watch a huge range of programmes on any device, as they’re being shown on TV. This includes 1000’s of documentaries, live music shows, dramas, must see sports events, films, 24 hour news programmes and a whole lot more – all for the equivalent of just 40p a day.

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