Your University Questions, Answered.

Do you need a TV licence to live in halls? Angela, Chislehurst


Our Answer:

Want to watch television whilst you’re living in halls or private accommodation? Then you’ll need to make sure that you have a TV licence. Whatever the device you use, if it accesses live television or BBC iPlayer on-demand services you will need to purchase one.

However you will be able to watch programs on catch-up channels like All 4, ITV Hub, Netflix or Amazon Prime without needing to buy a licence, so it depends on what you want to watch. You also do not need a television licence if you are accessing BBC radio stations like Radio 1 or 6Music.

If you use BBC iPlayer or watch live TV without a valid TV Licence you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 as well as legal fees and compensation. 

To stay on the right side of the law you can purchase a colour TV licence for £145.00 and a black and white TV licence for £49. If you would like more information on this or the different ways you can pay, please go to the official TV licensing website - http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/.

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