You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.
To find out more, go to www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo
If you live in halls your room needs to be covered by its own licence if you're plugged in to watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
If you’re not going to stay in your student accommodation over the summer and no longer need a TV Licence before it expires then you could be eligible for a refund. Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk for further details on their policy and to apply for a refund.
For more information on TV licensing for students see our SU website.