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TV licensing

When do you need a TV licence?

Your parentsí TV licence will not cover you away from home. Getting caught without a TV licence means you could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, so itís a good idea to get one. A colour TV Licence costs £145.50, a black and white licence is £49.00.

The following are the rules regarding payment.

You will have to pay for a licence, if you are sharing a house with other students and use a TV in your room, and your room is a separately occupied place (a separate tenancy agreement would normally indicate that this is the case Ė see Individual Tenancies).

If you have a separate tenancy agreement but a television is only being used in a communal area, then only one licence is required. If you are sharing a house with other students and you use a TV in your own room but the house can be treated as one place shared by all, then only one TV licence is required (a joint tenancy agreement would usually be evidence that the house is a single licensable place for this purpose Ė see Joint tenancies).

The easiest way to pay and get any clarification of these rules is to go through the TV licencing website:


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Cost and Refunds

A TV licence currently costs £145.50, and a black and white licence is £49.

If you are not staying at university over the summer, and do not need your TV licence again before it expires, you are entitled to a refund of any unused quarters (three full calendar months). So long as you purchased your TV licence in October 2010, and donít need it for July, August and September, you could be eligible for a refund.

To find out about the many ways you can pay for your TV licence, including the ease of paying by Direct Debit, visit TV Licensing or call 0300 790 6090.

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A TV set powered by its own internal batteries - a pocket sized TV or a mobile phone for example - may be covered by a licence at the studentís parents' address. However, you must not install the device (plug it into the mains) when using it to receive television. If there is no TV licence at your parentsí address, you will need to obtain one to watch TV.

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Last Updated: 07/08/2013 10:46:27