Do I Need A TV Licence?

Before you came to university you may have been told you will need a TV Licence to watch your favourite TV shows. But do you actually need to pay for a TV Licence? Let’s find out.

Whenever you are watching or recording live TV, you will need a TV Licence. This applies when you are using a television, portable device or games console through an aerial, satellite, cable or streaming through the internet.

But if your parents have a License you will be covered if you only use devices that are powered solely by their own internal batteries, and aren't connected to an aerial or the mains.

If you watch or download programmes on BBC iPlayer, you’ll also need to be covered by a TV Licence. 

This is the law and anyone in University owned accommodation could be at risk of prosecution and fined up to £1000 if found watching or recording live TV without a valid TV Licence.

But do I really have to pay it?

But why not skip the TV Licence cost, you’ll be too busy hanging out with friends anyway, you can just watch your favourite shows on catch up? 

For those of you that only watch catch up TV on sites other than BBC iPlayer you could get away without paying the £147 annual fee for a TV Licence. For other on demand services such as ITV Player, YouTube and Netflix a TV licence is not required, and the great news is that this applies for all your devices including televisions, portable devices and games consoles.

If you do decide to pay for a TV Licence you can find out more on how to claim your refund for the summer months on hint 19 of Money Saving Expert.

If you are still not sure if you need a licence, you can visit the TV Licence website for more information.

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