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TV Licence

TV Licence 

£150.50 per year, increasing to £154.50 from 1st April 2019,….or you could face up to a £1,000 fine plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. 

Do you need a TV licence?  

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to 

  • Watch or record live TV programmes on any channel 

  • Download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. 


This applies to any provider you use and any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. 


What counts as live TV? 

You need to be covered by a TV Licence: 

  • If you’re watching on TV or on an online TV service 

  • For all channels, not just the BBC 

  • If you record a programme and watch it later 

  • If you watch a programme on a delay 

  • To watch or record repeats 

  • To watch or record programmes on +1, +2 and +24 channels 

  • To watch live programmes on Red Button services 

  • Even if you already pay for cable, satellite or other TV services 


Students and TV licences 

  • Halls of Residence:If you're in halls of residence you'll probably be covered for communal areas but not your own room.  

  • Private accommodation:If you are living out of halls in a shared house and have signed a joint tenancy agreement, you will only need one licence for the household. However, if you have separate agreements you'll need one for your room. 


If you do pay for a licence, as a student you may be able to get a refund for the summer. 


Will my parents licence cover me? 

You will not be covered by your parents’ licence, unless you only ever use devices that are powered solely by their own internal batteries, and aren’t plugged into an aerial or the mains. 

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