Student Guide to TV Licencing

  • We can not guarantee adequate reception in all our buildings and we do not provide aerial connection.  An internal aerial will be necessary.
  • Each room in a hall of residence is a separately occupied place, and this means that, if you’re using a TV, you will need a TV licence of your own – regardless of whether the hall itself has one.
  • A valid TV licence is required if you use a TV, or television receiving equipment such as video recorders, set-top boxes or PCs with broadcast cards.
  • A valid licence is required if a computer is being used to receive streamed data online - live and fed in real-time - of programmes included in a television broadcasting service. (Real-time is defined as viewing programmes at virtually the same time as they are broadcast conventionally) From the 1st September 2016 a change in the law means it is necessary to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand – including catch up TV – on the BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console.
  • If you are going to be sharing a house, usually, a shared tenancy agreement would mean only one licence is needed, regardless of the number of TV sets in the house. A separate tenancy agreement would mean that you will need your own TV licence if you have a TV in your room.  Only one licence is required if the only TV in the house being used, is in a communal area.
  • A TV set powered by its own internal batteries - a pocket sized TV or a mobile phone for example - may be covered by a licence at the student’s parents' address.  However, you must not install the device (plug it into the mains) when using it to receive television. If there is no TV licence at your parents’ address, you will need to obtain one to watch TV in this way.

TV Licence Refund

  • If you are not staying at university over the summer, and do not need your TV licence again before it expires, you could be entitled to a refund of any unused quarters (three full calendar months).  So long as you bought your licence in October, and don’t need it for July, August and September, you could be eligible for a refund. 

Arrange a refund or aquire further Information...

  • To arrange your refund, or if you require further information, please contact 0300 790 6090 or visit the TV Licensing website