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Students might be entitled to a refund from TV Licensing


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As universities across the country approach the end of term, TV Licensing is reminding cash-strapped students across the UK that they may be entitled to a refund worth over £50.

With summer approaching we're all turning to our bank accounts, desperately looking for some spare change to put towards a holiday, a day out or some fun nights out on the town. The problem for many is that there just doesn't seem to be enough pennies to go around, and who wants to spend their summer doing nothing?

If this sounds familiar, you're in luck, as you might be entitled to a refund from TV Licensing.

Since 1 April 2017, TV Licensing has changed the way refunds are calculated meaning that students packing up and moving home for the Summer could be entitled to a refund just in time to celebrate the end of their exams.

Students can claim for any full months left on their licence; so if they bought their licence last October and moved out in May, they could receive a refund worth around £50.50. To qualify, students need to be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and be moving to a licensed address.

The refund comes just in time for students hoping to indulge in a hard-earned break from studying. With an average cost of a pint of beer in the UK at £3.37, a four-month refund means that there’s no excuse not to buy a round for long-suffering housemates.

Applying for the TV Licence refund is simple and can be done online or over the phone. Students need to have their TV Licence details to hand and evidence to show their licence is no longer needed, such as a copy of the end of their tenancy agreement.

Jason Hill, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:

“We’re encouraging all eligible students to take up the refund, which is quick and easy to apply for. It’s important students buy a TV Licence when starting university to take advantage of the flexible payment options and avoid a fine of up to £1,000”.

A licence is needed for watching and recording live television and watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer. This applies whether using a TV set, laptop, mobile or any other equipment. 

Izzy Lenga, NUS Vice President (Welfare) said:

“A TV Licence is valid for a whole year, so if students buy a licence in October they can apply for a refund when the academic year has finished, as they are no longer living in student accommodation. This is money that often students just can’t afford to miss out on and could go a long way in helping to cover the rising costs of living”. 

To arrange a refund or change address, simply visit:, or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6113.

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