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Vic Vinegar
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We've just uploaded our guide to whether or not you should buy a TV license at university. Personally, I have one as I watch a lot of live sport, but other than that there's little reason for me to have one.

What do you think? Do you have one? Do you use it?
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One tip: buy it quarterly. Chances are you won’t be in halls/student house needing a license for 3 months over the summer. Quarterly payments are the easiest to cancel and avoid paying for the time you don’t need. Weekly/monthly payment is the worst - iirr they make you pay for an annual license in the first six months so if you move/don’t need a license it’s a massive pain to get a refund.
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TV License enforcement officers have no powers. If they arrive at your door and request to inspect you can refuse. As long as you don't have any content on a laptop currently playing and your TV Ariel cable is unplugged they can't fine you as they don't have any evidence.

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Don't let people in you legally don't have to
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Wait so I actually need to have a TV license, does the one my parents bought not count? I plan on watching a lot of live stuff on bbc iplayet
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No i dont have one as i dont need one.
I dont watch live TV on any channel and only watch BBC iplayer on my laptop when it is unplugged and running on it's own batteries. As long as your home address (in my case my parents house) then you are covered when your laptop or phone isn't plugged in.
I hate the way the threatening TV license letters are sent out in freshers week, people have enough going on then and often forget to reply to them. I forgot to say i didn't need one and got an even more bullying letter saying an 'investigation' was under way. Just reply on the website saying you dont need one and they will piss off :rolleyes:
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Wait so I actually need to have a TV license, does the one my parents bought not count? I plan on watching a lot of live stuff on bbc iplayet
They will never be able to enforce it. Don’t communicate with them or let them in your front door and you’ll be fine.
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Wait so I actually need to have a TV license, does the one my parents bought not count? I plan on watching a lot of live stuff on bbc iplayet
Obligatory IANAL

How would they ever find out you don't have a TV license? Your accommodation ip is shared as is your mobile phone ip, not a whole lot of traceability to prove anything
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(Original post by Vic Vinegar)
We've just uploaded our guide to whether or not you should buy a TV license at university. Personally, I have one as I watch a lot of live sport, but other than that there's little reason for me to have one.

What do you think? Do you have one? Do you use it?
When I was at uni, we never had a TV Licence. My housemates and I didn't have the need for live TV when most programming was available on catch-up services and streaming sites. Even now, I do not have a TV Licence. Majority of what I watch is on catch-up sites (not BBC iPlayer) and Netflix. I don't have the time to watch live TV and I think you can save a lot of money by not buying a TV Licence.
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