Am I eligible to register to vote?
- England, Northern Ireland and Wales: You must be 17 years old, or in some cases 16 (although you can only vote when you are 18).
- Scotland: You must be 15 years old, or in some cases 14. You can vote in local elections and Scottish Parliament elections when you are 16, and elections in the UK and European Parliaments when you are 18.
- A UK citizen
- An Irish citizen resident in the UK
- A qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
- An EU citizen resident in the UK
The definition of a 'Commonwealth' citizen includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. You can finda list of Commonwealth countries, British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories here.
British, Irish, and qualifying Commonwealth citizens who are living in the UK can vote in all elections taking place that cover the area where they live.
Citizens of the European Union (who are not Citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus or Malta) living in the relevant countries, regions or areas of the UK are eligible to vote in:
Note: EU citizens (who are not Citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus or Malta) are not able to vote in UK Parliament elections. You can find a list of EU countries here.
Do I need to re-register when I move to university?
If you have changed address, you will need to re-register to vote at that address. You can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you have changed address, your voting preference to vote by post or by proxy will not be carried forward to your new address. You will have to complete a new application to vote by post or by proxy.
Can I register to vote at two different addresses?
Students may be entitled to register at both their home address and their university address, but can only vote once to the same elected chamber or position.
- If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both.
- However, even if you are registered in two areas – at home and at university – you can only vote in one at a general election.
It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a UK general election.
How can I vote by post or by proxy?