Whether you’re a university student, a parent or you provide student accommodation, find out when a TV Licence is needed and how much it costs.
From the day you start watching TV at uni you need a TV Licence. By law you need a licence to:
On any TV service. On any device.
A standard TV Licence costs £159 and you can pay in a way that suits you.
There are 3 ways to pay
Once a year
Pay in one go
£159 per year
Pay by debit/credit card or annual
Once every 3 months
It costs a little more but might be
£41 per quarter (including £1.25 charge)
Once a month
Paying monthly spreads the cost
Around £26.50 monthly for first 6 months, then £13.25 per month
If you spend some of the calendar year away from uni, you can usually claim a refund for any unused full months. Which could come in very handy.
A halls licence won’t cover your room and it’s very likely you will need your own licence. See why.
Before telling us you don’t need a TV Licence, make sure, using our checklist.
If we find you’ve been watching or recording TV live on any channel or service, or BBC iPlayer, without a licence, you could be fined up to £1,000† plus costs and even receive a criminal conviction.
† The maximum fine in Guernsey is £2,000.
If you live in halls you still need a TV Licence to watch TV in your room. And if you live in a house or flat share with a separate tenancy agreement, you’ll need your own TV Licence too. A joint tenancy is usually covered by one licence for the whole property.
You’ll only be covered by your parents’ licence if:
We do make visits to confirm that a licence isn’t needed so use this checklist before completing a ‘No Licence Needed’ declaration.
You (and anyone else in your household) need a TV Licence if you:
This applies to any device you use, e.g. a TV, laptop, desktop computer, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.
* Watching S4C on demand doesn’t require a TV Licence.
Watch our short guide on when you need a TV Licence at university.
There is no separate student TV Licence or a student discount. But if you don’t need your licence for the full 12 months, you can apply for a refund for any unused months.
If you are going home for the summer – and won’t need the licence you bought to cover you in term time – you may be able to get a refund. Please note, you may need to provide evidence that supports your request, like the confirmation of attendance at college/university and the term dates. See if you’re eligible for a refund.
Your licence won’t automatically move with you. Once you know where you’re moving to, and when, update your details to stay covered.
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