Do You Need a TV Licence?

What is a TV Licence?

A TV licence is required to watch any program live on any device including a television, computer or mobile device. The money is essentially a tax that is used to pay for publicly funded media (TV, radio and online) and is primarily used by the BBC.


Do I need one?

You don’t need a TV licence if you only watch programs on ‘catch-up’ websites or apps. They cost £145.50 per year. This has to be paid in advance, but you can get a partial refund if you don’t use the whole year. The fine for watching TV without a licence can be up to £1000. If you live in a residential hall but want a TV in your own room, then you will need your own TV licence. In a shared private rental, presuming you have a shared tenancy agreement, you will only need one TV licence.