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:
- 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.