THOUSANDS of students in Bournemouth could be entitled to a £50 TV licensing refund.

As universities approach the end of term, students can claim for any full months left on their licence, which could be up to £50.50.

To qualify, students need to be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and be moving to a licensed address.

The refund comes just in time for students hoping to indulge in a hard-earned break from studying.

Students need to have their TV Licence details to hand and evidence to show their licence is no longer needed, such as a copy of the end of their tenancy agreement.

Richard Chapman, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the South West, said: "We’re encouraging all eligible students to take up the refund, which is quick and easy to apply for. It’s important students buy a TV Licence when starting university to take advantage of the flexible payment options and avoid a fine of up to £1,000.”

A licence is needed for watching and recording live television and watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer.