TV Licence refund: Get cash back on your TV licence

If you are a student with a TV licence you could claim up to a quarter of it back, here's our guide on how to.

TV licenses are paid in four quarterly instalments every three months, but as students usually only live at universities for nine months or less of the year, you may be able to claim up to a quarter of the license fee back.

While it may not be hundreds of pounds – around £37 in most cases – it's still a fair bit of extra cash to have.

And it's something that the TV licensing people even encourage you to do, making claiming a refund a rather easy task and something that can even be done online quickly.

In order to make the most of your refunds, you need to have purchased your TV licence at around the start of term in August or September. This means you can claim back the last three months worth when you are at home for the summer.

Suzanne Stevenson of TV Licensing, explains: “We know for students managing tight budgets every little helps, so we want to ensure those who are eligible know to claim the TV Licence refund.

"It could help by easing the burden of end-of-term household bills, or just by putting a little cash back in pockets.”

To apply for a refund, simply head over to the TV Licencing website.

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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