About Your TV licence

When you move in, you’ll no doubt have a TV ready to get set up in your living room so that you and your housemates can catch up on all your favourite shows together. Before you do that- you’ll need to make sure that you are covered by the law and have purchased a licence.

Even if you don’t have or plan to watch TV, but you stream or download online, you’ll need one. Here we will tell you everything you need to know about getting a TV licence.

What do I need a TV Licence for?

You’ll need to purchase a TV licence if you are doing the following:

  • Watching or streaming online, such as Amazon Prime, Now TV, Sky Go, Youtube, All 4 etc.
  • Watching or recording any programme on TV
  • Watching or downloading any programmes on BBC iPlayer

How much is a TV Licence?

Currently, as of 1st April 2020, the cost for a licence is £157.50 for the year in full colour with live streaming, or £50.50 for black and white.

If you’re in a shared house, you’ll most likely only need one licence, so you can split the bill between you to make it cheaper.

How do I get a TV Licence?

It’s super easy to get a TV licence, you can purchase your licence directly from the TV Licence website.

I’m a student, do I get a discount?

TV licensing are aware that students tend to go home during summer, so are mindful of this and normally refund you for the final quarter of your TV licence. This only applies if you have purchased your TV licence by early October. If you purchase your licence any time after this, you won’t be eligible for a refund. So, make sure you’re prepared, so that you don’t miss out on your refund.

How do I pay for my licence?

It’s easy to pay for your licence and you have different options of how to pay and when to pay.

The best ways to pay are:

  • Set up a direct debit
  • PayPoint
  • TV Licensing payment card

You can pay your TV licence monthly, quarterly or for the whole year in one go.

Do I need to renew my TV Licence?

If you decide to pay for your TV licence for the year upfront and you continue to stay in the same property, you will need to make sure that you renew your TV licence by purchasing a new one, you’ll be able to this by contacting TV Licensing or via their website.

Can I cancel a TV Licence?

If you no longer watch TV programmes, stream or watch live on a TV service (outlined above) or watch or download any programmes on BBC iPlayer, you’ll be able to cancel your TV Licence.

If you are moving, you can still cancel your TV Licence. To cancel, you will need to contact TV licensing providing your notice. If you cancel your direct debit, before you provide your notice, this will not cancel your licence and you will still be expected to pay. Therefore, make sure you follow the correct procedures to cancel. Click here for more info.

 Don’t Want To Deal With Another Bill? We’re Here To Help 

We know how stressful and time consuming it can be having to sort out all your bills at once, it’s the last thing you’ll be wanting to spend your time on when you move in. Don’t worry, that’s where we come in- we will provide every utility your home needs, bundle them together into one easy bill, then split between all housemates. We’ll save you time, confusion, stress and will take away any housemate arguments you may have over bills. Uni is for living, not for worrying about utility bills.

Setting Up Your TV Licence FAQs