TV Licensing

You will need a TV Licence if you are watching or recording television programmes at the same time as they are being shown on TV. This is the case no matter what device you’re watching on – whether it’s on a TV, a laptop, a mobile phone or a tablet, and no matter how you’re receiving the programmes - via an aerial, satellite, cable or streaming through the internet. It’s the law and anyone without a valid TV Licence who watches or records television programmes as described above is at risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. 

A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50 which can be paid by direct debit, by cash, and in installments. 

Don’t forget the Student RefundIf you’re leaving your halls or rented accommodation and moving back home for the summer, there’s a good chance you won’t need your TV Licence if there’s one at home. If there are three full calendar months before your licence expires, you’ll be entitled to a refund for the unused quarters of your licence. 

If you wish to arrange a refund or would like further information, simply click on the following link: TV Licensing for students or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090. 

When don’t I need a licence?

If you only ever watch catch-up TV services such as iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, Blu-Rays, DVDs or downloaded videos on your laptop, you do not need a TV Licence. 

If you do not need a TV Licence, you can find out more information and let the TV Licencing agency know by visiting

Further information see this pack.