TV Licensing reminds students that everyone who installs or uses a device to watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV is legally required to be covered by a valid TV licence.
TV devices include TV sets, video/DVD recorders, mobile phones, set-top boxes and PCs.
Last year, TV Licensing caught an average of over 1,000 licence fee evaders each day.
TV Licensing always prefers people to pay for a TV licence rather than be prosecuted, which is why students are being encouraged to be properly licensed.
If caught, you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 - and you still need to buy a licence.
It’s important to buy a licence right at the start of semester.
You can easily purchase your licence online or by calling TV Licensing.
There are a number of ways to pay, including direct debit, you can pay the full amount, or pay in monthly instalments.
If you buy a TV licence before the end of October, at the end of the academic year you may qualify for a partial refund for any months for which the licence will not be required.
Students have never been poorer and every little helps - especially at the end of the year when the finances have run out. Contact TV Licensing as soon as possible to make sure you will be able to apply for your refund.
NUS Vice-President, Welfare
You can contact TV Licensing by their web site or you can phone: 0300 790 6090 or write to: TV Licensing, Bristol, BS98 1TL
This article was published on Nov 16, 2012