Students encouraged to buy TV licence - or face fine

TV Licence 2007
TV Licence 2007

TV Licensing encourages students to buy their licence early to get money back at year end

As students across Rugby celebrate their A-Level results next week (August 18), TV Licensing is reminding those heading to university for the first time that they can give themselves one thing fewer to do during hectic Freshers’ Week by buying their first TV Licence online now at

Those who get organised now and buy a licence to cover themselves from the start of term could also save themselves money in the long run. Refunds can be claimed for any three full calendar months before a licence expires so anyone returning home for the summer holidays may qualify to receive around £37 back.

A TV Licence is needed for watching or recording any programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, regardless of the equipment used, including computers and mobile phones. With students increasingly taking laptops, smartphones and next-generation games consoles to university, TV Licensing is reminding students - and their parents - about when a licence is needed, so that they have all of the information they need to ensure they are on the right side of the law from day one.

Students can buy a licence in a matter of minutes with a few clicks of a mouse at TV Licensing’s website - just visit TV Licensing for Students.

Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: “Starting university is a really exciting time for new students but it’s also incredibly busy at the start of the term, particularly during Freshers’ Week. Students may find they have a rather long to-do list at that time, so it makes sense for them to get organised ahead of term and buy their TV Licence now at or by calling 0300 790 6090. Plus, if they buy in good time they can save money at the end of the year.