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  • "Pity we cannot get a rebate for the crap TV's transmit, I estimate I would receive almost 80% of my licence back. Many don't understand the licence is NOT for BBC output, but, simply for owning a TV set. Hence the licence is globally demanded even if you never watch it."
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Licence refund

First published in Letters

AS THE university summer break begins, and students in the University of South Wales move back home for the summer holidays, TV Licensing is reminding them that they could be eligible for a very useful refund of almost £37 on the final quarter of their annual TV licence.

We know that for a lot of students, extra cash is always welcome, and many will not need their TV licence over the holiday period. To be eligible for the refund, students need to have a TV licence, be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and moving back to a licensed address.

If there are three full calendar months before the licence expires, they are entitled to a refund for the unused quarter. A colour TV licence bought in October 2013 cost £145.50 so the refund is £36.37. You need a TV licence to watch or record programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, whether you are watching on TV sets or other devices including tablets and laptops.

Students who wish to arrange a refund or who need further information simply need to complete an online form at or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.

Matt Francis Regional Spokesperson TV Licensing Wales Press Office

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