Students in Huddersfield have been urged to check out the law about watching TV before moving into university halls or rented accommodation.
Information has been sent to 160,000 new students from TV Licensing warning them that they need to be covered by a licence to watch or record programmes on TV or any device.
Anyone caught watching TV without a TV licence can face prosecution and a fine of up to a £1,000.
A TV licence can be bought online in minutes and costs £145.50 for the year, but can be paid for weekly, monthly and quarterly.
Students who move home for the summer could be eligible for a refund of about £36.