If you’re British, or a Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen, you are entitled to register to vote in all elections in Britain. This might be something that you want to do during your time at University. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register to vote in local and European elections.

Why should I register?

You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you aren’t registered to vote, you will not have the chance to have a say on who represents you.

Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the electoral register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

As a student, you can register at both your term time address and at the address you live at outside of term time.

About voter registration

You need to register in order to be able to vote in elections and referendums. The way you register to vote changed in 2014 so that now everyone is responsible for registering themselves, before it was the responsibility of the head of household.

The new system means that you can now register online. You will need to provide a few details to register – including your National Insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.

How do I register?

Registering to vote is quick, easy and secure. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.

Look out for confirmation from your local electoral registration staff to say you’re registered.

I thought I was already registered to vote?

If you have registered yourself at your current address since 10 June 2014 in England and Wales or 19 September 2014 in Scotland – and you have not moved home since – you will be registered to vote under the new system. You will also be registered to vote if you received information at your current address telling you that you are registered under the new system.

If you are unsure whether you are registered under the new system, contact your local electoral registration staff.