Students urged to claim TV licence refund

As students pack up and move home for the summer, TV Licensing is reminding students they may be entitled to extra holiday spending money in the form of a refund.

Tuesday, 11th July 2017, 8:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:50 am
Students watching TV
Students watching TV

Since 1 April 2017, TV Licensing has changed the way refunds are calculated to make it easier for customers to apply. This means more students will benefit from a refund as they can now claim for any full months left on their licence.

With over 55,000 higher education students in Northern Ireland it is important that those who bought their licence last October and moved out in May, are aware that they could receive a refund worth around £48.50.

In order to qualify, students need to be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and be moving to a licensed address.

Applying 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.

Karen Grimason, spokesperson for TV Licensing in Northern Ireland, said:

“Applying for a refund is quick and easy and we encourage all students who are eligible to take advantage of it. It is important students buy a TV Licence at the earliest opportunity when starting university to take advantage of the flexible payment options available to them 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 purchase a licence in October they can apply for a refund when the academic year has finished and they are no longer living in student accommodation. Many could end up saving some much needed cash as they go into the summer break.”

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