Do students need a TV licence? Loophole may save you £150+ a year

Do you need a TV Licence for Netflix?

Here's all you need to know about getting a TV licence as a student and how a 'loophole' could mean you DON'T need one.

Currently a TV licence costs £154.50 a year.

But if you're only into Netflix, it's good news!

Do students need a TV licence?

If you watch or record TV as its broadcast - even if online - then yes, you need a TV licence. You'll also need a TV license to use BBC iPlayer, even if watching on catch up after a show has aired.

It doesn't matter if you watch via a TV or online, via a laptop, phone or other device.

You only need one licence per house so you can split the cost with your housemates. Some landlords may be extra nice and cover the price of the TV licence for you in your rent, so check before splashing out needless cash!

In halls and dorms, slightly different rules might apply so you should contact whoever manages the halls.

TV Licence loophole

If you don't watch or record TV shows live or do not use the BBC iPlayer you do NOT need a TV licence, simple as.

As long as you only watch TV shows on catch up after they're broadcast and not on BBC iPlayer, then you can save the cost of a TV licence.

This means you don't need a TV license if you only watch Netflix or even if you only catch up on programmes using non-iPlayer services like ITV Player, My5, etc.

TV licence refund

If you no longer need a TV licence you can get a partial refund for any time remaining.

This is especially useful for students who may go back home over summer, meaning you can get up to 25% back in your wallet.

> TV Licence refund: Get cash back on your TV licence

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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