As universities across Northern Ireland prepare to welcome thousands of students, Covid-19 looks set to impact both lectures and lifestyle on campuses across the nation. Despite the changing picture, thousands* of students will be planning to relocate to halls of residence and house-shares. It’s predicted they will be swapping their dancing shoes for slippers as a night in-front of the TV will replace nights out on the town this fresher’s week.
In preparation for bonding over binge watching, TV Licensing is encouraging young people who are substituting sticky dancefloors for toppling showstoppers, Connell’s Chain and the UEFA Nations League to make sure they are correctly licensed.
Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union President, Grian Ní Dhaimhín said:
“This year, many courses at Queen’s will have a mixture of face-to-face teaching and online learning, with many lectures being taught online. We have found that many students are continuing to move into shared accommodation, so that they can experience living with friends.”
Commenting on how student life will differ from previous years, Cliodhna Donnelly, final year student at Ulster University, added:
“This is my final year of study before graduating and due to the ongoing pandemic, I know it’s going to be very different in terms of how students can socialise together.
“My housemates and I will miss our nights out and the buzz around fresher’s week, but we’re looking forward to returning to Belfast and forming our own household bubble. Some of us haven’t seen each other for several months, so we’ll have plenty to catch up on when we’re opting for nights in as opposed to nights out.”
Spokesperson for TV Licensing said:
“While the fresher week experience will be very different this year, we know that young people love the shared experience of television and that it’s a great way to bond with new friends.”
“With thousands of hours of quality drama, reality TV, live sport and music available, we don’t want students to miss out, nor do we want them to risk prosecution and a fine. Whether they are living in halls or a house-share, students can visit tvlicensing.co.uk/uni for more information.”
The law still applies to students living away from home in halls or shared accommodation, regardless of the device they use, and a TV licence is required to watch programmes as they are being shown on TV live or when watching on BBC iPlayer.
How to get a TV licence
Buying a TV licence online is quick and easy and with the Night In being the new Night Out, it represents great value for money. If students living in a shared house or flat have a joint tenancy agreement, then one TV Licence may cover the whole house. Go to tvlicensing.co.uk for more.
The law on TV Licensing
The law states that you need to be covered by a TV licence to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, or live on an online TV service (e.g. YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Now TV, Sky Go, etc.). A licence is also needed to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. This applies to any device, whether it is a TV set, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console.