TV Licensing: Money matters to students

Students are encouraged to speak out if they are struggling to pay for a TV Licence.

As term begins and students make a start to their studies, a report has revealed personal finance is the number one priority for undergraduates, many will be taking on new responsibilities such as a first-time TV Licence.

Recent research reveals undergraduates would like more support when it comes to financial matters. Whilst some undergraduates (28 per cent) said they have not taken on any debt whatsoever, a substantial 49 per cent rely on financial support from their family. The research, published by Unite Students, also shows a quarter of students claim to have taken on more debt than they expected, with two per cent of students going as far as using payday loans.

TV Licensing is encouraging students to seek help if they need to be covered by a TV Licence but are worried about whether they can afford to pay for one. A licence costs £145.50 for the year, but there are payment plans which make it possible to pay in smaller, more manageable chunks, including:

  • Weekly cash payments, from as little as £5 a week. Students can pay at PayPoint outlets, online, by phone or text message.
  • Monthly, Quarterly or Yearly by setting up a direct debit, or by debit or credit card.

Kim Hayman, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:

If you’re a student and sorting your TV Licence is still on the to-do list, organise it sooner rather than later. You may not be sure if you need a licence, call 0300 790 6113 to talk it through with an advisor, or speak to your university welfare officer or student support team for advice. We’re all here to help.

Paul Harris, Strategy Director for Unite Students, the UK’s biggest developer and manager of student accommodation, said:

Our research shows personal finance – and in particular managing outgoings – is something students are very conscious of, and it’s only natural they want to keep on top of things.

No one should need to worry about paying for a TV Licence. TV Licensing are a phone call away, and will help make the process as simple as possible.

A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Students are encouraged to check if they will need a licence during their studies by visiting the TV Licensing website or phone TV Licensing on 0300 790 6113.


1 Unite Students commissioned NUS Services Ltd to conduct the survey among 3,500 university applicants, students and postgraduates in January 2014.

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