TV Licences, Council Tax and Insurance

TV Licences

Whether or not you need to have a TV licence depends on the type of accommodation that you live in. There are some basic rules:-

  • If you have your own individual tenancy agreement for a room in halls or for a room in a shared house and you use a TV in your room, you will need your own TV licence;
  • If you have individual tenancy agreements in a shared house BUT you only have one TV set which is being used in a communal area, then only one licence is required;
  • If you have a flat or a bedsit and your own tenancy agreement, you will need your own TV licence;
  • If you live in a shared house and have a joint tenancy, one TV licence for the whole household will be enough and will cover all the sets in the house;

You must remember that you need a TV licence to watch or record TV programmes, irrespective of what device you are using and how you receive them. So, you still need a licence if you are using a computer, laptop or mobile phone for example to receive pictures. Equally, receive them by cable, satellite, terrestrial, internet or any other way and you need that licence!


You need to be covered by a TV licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand – including catch up TV - on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices including a smart TV, desktop computer or lap top, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console. Even if you access BBC iPlayer through another provider, such as Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, or BT, you must have a TV licence.

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REMEMBER - if you get caught without a TV licence you could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1000 plus the cost of the licence and court costs.

Check out the TV licensing website for more information that is specific to students. 

Moving out?

If you are moving out of halls or other student accommodation, your licence does not automatically go with you; you need to notify TV Licensing of your new address for this to happen. You can update your details by visiting and following the instructions.

Leaving Uni for the summer?

If you are not staying at university over the summer and therefore don't need your TV licence again before it expires, you are entitled to a refund of any unused quarters which means three full calendar months. So, as long as you buy your licence in October and don't need it for the whole of July, August and September, you could be eligible for a refund.

Remember: The fine for not having a licence when you are using television receiving equipment is up to £1,000, plus court costs and the price of a licence too!

TV Licensing General Enquiries - 0300 790 6090

Current costs are £157.50 for a colour TV and £53.00 for a black and white one. 

TV Licensing scams

Scams are on the increase everywhere, which is why TV Licensing is working to help customers protect themselves against fraudsters.  To help stop the scammers, we are asking people to STOP – CHECK – ASK if they receive any suspicious communications from TV Licensing.

  • STOP – Scammers will attempt to trick you into giving away your personal or bank details. Always be wary of letters, emails, texts or phone calls that promise you money or a refund.
  • CHECK – Is the sender correct and have they used your name? Are there any spelling or grammar mistakes? You should also make sure they have included the correct licence number, which you can check on the TV Licensing website.
  • ASK – If you’re ever unsure about a communication you’ve received, it’s always best to ask someone – perhaps a friend or trusted advisor.  You can go to the TV Licensing website and sign in at to check if anything is actually wrong or call TV Licensing on 0300 303 9695 to speak with someone who can help. For more information on what to look out for – including a new downloadable booklet, visit

Anyone who has provided their details as a result of a fraudulent email should contact their bank urgently and report the scam email to Action Fraud. If you are made aware of any suspicious emails, please forward them to and they will investigate. If the email links to a scam website it will be taken down or blocked.