TV Licensing for Students

Tags: Student Life, Money, Finances

It depends on the type of student accommodation you live in, but if you watch TV prgrammes or record them you are mostly required to buy a TV license. This rule might apply to you even if you should not have a regular TV set in your student room. As long as a device enables you to watch content produced and distributed by the BBC you are expected to pay for your TV license -this includes the whole "menu" ranging from news, through sitcoms, to films. The agency's official website lists the following devices that are capable of receiving and displaying TV programmes:

  • TV
  • PC
  • Laptop
  • Mobile Phone
  • Gaming Consoles
  • Digital Box
  • VHS/DVD recorders

If you should have any of these devices and still claim not to watch any broadcasted programmes, the TV licensing agency might pay you a visit in person to check whether you're really in no need of a TV license. Please rememeber: Your parent's license won't cover you in your student accommodation. And even if you live in a student hall you might need to buy your own license for your room (your hall's license mostly covers communal areas only).

The average amount you will have to pay for a whole year currently is around £145. Luckily, there are different modes for paying. You can pay all at once or choose between monthly, termly, or yearly installments. Another tip: if you should leave your student accommodation for the summer break, you might be able to get a refund for the time your not using your TV license. This can save you up to £37! You can apply for a refund online quick and easy.

Don't forget: If you get caught without a proper lciense, you might have to pay a hefty fine. Find more information on the official TV Licensing website.

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