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Register to vote in the upcoming UK General Election

The upcoming UK General Election on 12th December is set to be one of the most important in living memory. The decisions that are made on Brexit, the cost of Higher Education, the future of the National Health Service and many other crucial issues will last for years – and potentially even decades - to come.

Find out more information about registering to vote as a student HERE.

This is YOUR future that is about to be decided. Please make sure you register to vote online before the deadline of 26th November so that you can be part of the conversation – it takes less than 5 minutes, but the consequences could last a lifetime!

INFO FOR STUDENTS

To vote in a General Election, you must:

  • Be registered to vote
  • Be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘Polling Day’)
  • Be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (note: this is a fairly large list, so please check to see if your home country is included!)
  • Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • Not be legally excluded from voting.

FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS LIVING ON-CAMPUS:

If you are eligible to vote and live on campus, your term-time address should have been registered automatically. However, please make sure you are ALSO registered at your home address, so that you can vote in either your home or term-time constituency! You can also apply for a postal vote if you want to vote tactically (for example, if you think one constituency has a marginal seat and your vote might be more useful there).

FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS LIVING OFF-CAMPUS:

Again, we encourage students to PLEASE REGISTER AT BOTH YOUR ADDRESSES – HOME AND TERM-TIME. While you are only able to vote in one constituency, registering for both then gives you the option to vote in whichever you are based on the day, or wherever you feel your vote would be most beneficial. If you are unsure at this stage, you can apply for a postal vote to make sure you can vote in your preferred constituency.

(As a side benefit, local elections generally take place every year during the time you are at university, so registering your term-time address will also save you having to do this for future elections!)