TV Licensing Advice at Arrival’s Weekend: 13 & 14 September

tv-licensingTV Licensing advisors will be on hand to give out information from their stand at BU on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September to parents and students about TV Licensing requirements in student accommodation.

The TV Licensing team will be available to answer questions about the law, new technology, or ways to spread the cost of a TV Licence. Students, their parents, or carers will also be able to buy a TV Licence if one is needed.

Recent research from TV Licensing shows tablet ownership amongst students has more than doubled in the past year with over 1 in 3, students now owning a tablet.

Richard Chapman, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said students would need a licence if they are planning to watch or record programmes at the same time as they are broadcast, regardless of the device they are taking to university.

“The short time between achieving your A-Level results and moving to university can be hectic and buying a TV Licence may fall by the wayside. We’re encouraging students and their parents to chat to the TV Licensing team at Bournemouth University to understand the rules around watching live TV in your new halls accommodation.”

If students find they need to be covered by a licence, the team will be equipped to take credit and debit card payments on the day, arrange a monthly or quarterly direct debit plan, or set up a payment card which spreads the cost of a licence with smaller regular cash payments. A TV Licence will cost £145.50 for the year, which covers a student to watch live TV on any device, including a phone, tablet or games console.

Students who buy a TV Licence at the start of the academic year and return to a licensed property over summer may be eligible for a refund of almost £37, providing there are three full months remaining on the licence.

TV Licensing enquiry officers will also be visiting universities across the UK from October to ensure new students living in halls of residence are correctly licensed for the academic year ahead.

For further information, or to buy a licence online, visit:, or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6113.

TV Licensing advisors will be at BU throughout both days on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September in the Common Room in Cranborne House and the Main Reception at Talbot Campus.