Students saving money on TV licence
Those who bought a TV Licence at the beginning of the academic year (i.e. in September or October) will have a full three months remaining on their licence if they move out in July and a refund (worth a quarter of the £145.50 fee) can be claims for this period of absence.
To qualify for the refund, students need to have a TV Licence with three months left on it, and be leaving their halls or student digs and moving to another licensed address. If you fall into this category, you can apply for your refund online or over the phone (0300 890 6113).
It’s not just students who can apply though – anyone who doesn’t use their accommodation for any full, unused quarter can apply for a refund if their TV Licence is no longer needed.
How does the law around TV Licensing affect students?
Kim Hayman, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “The student refund is good news for students and we encourage those who bought their licence at the start of the academic year to take advantage of it. We want to help students understand the law when it comes to watching live TV on any device and help them avoid a fine.”
The law states that students need to be covered by a TV licence to watch live programmes. This counts for TVs computers, laptops and mobile phones. You don’t need a TV Licence to watch catch-up TV such as BBC’s iPlayer or 4oD.
If you live in a halls of residence and use a device to watch TV in your own room, you may need to be covered by your own separate TV Licence. This could also be the case if you’re sharing a house with other students and watch TV in your room, and your room is a separately occupied place.
The future of the TV Licence
What does the future hold for the TV Licence? Since David Cameron’s decision to appoint John Whittingdale as Culture Secretary in the Conservative cabinet it’s uncertain whether the status quo will remain. Mr Whittingdale had previously described the fee as “unsustainable” and “worse than a poll tax.”
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