When do you need a TV licence?
Anyone who watches live TV broadcasts or BBC programmes on iPlayer (live, catch up or on demand) in their room requires a TV licence. It doesn’t matter what device you watch it on. If you don’t have a licence and you do watch TV in your room you risk a fine of up to £1000 plus court costs.
You do not need a TV licence if you’re watching programmes on catch up/on demand (excluding those from the BBC).
If you use television-receiving equipment without a valid TV Licence, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, plus court costs.
Term time licences
If you buy a TV licence on Welcome Day when you arrive in halls, the TV licesing people wuill ensure you are only charged for a term time licence. Alternatively if you buy a full year's licence you may be entiteld to a refund for the weeks when you are home in the summer.
If you wish to arrange a refund or would like further information, simply click on the following link: TV Licensing for Students or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.
For more information:
T: 0844 800 6734 W: TV licensing website
Flats with TV lounges
If you live in a flat that has a TV lounge and a TV that we've provided, and you still watch live TV in your room, you will still need to buy a licence. The flats that have a TV lounge with a TV provided are:
- En suite plus rooms at Sir Peter Hilton Court
- Standard plus and large standard plus rooms at Lonsdale Hall
- All flats in Laverstoke Court
- All flats in Flamsteed Court