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You need to be registered to vote before you are allowed to vote in elections or referendums in the UK. 


Registering to vote usually takes about 5 minutes, and once you are registered it means you can vote in any UK election or referendum that you are eligible to vote in. 

We have set out the most important information students need to know about registering to vote. Click the button below to register:

How do I register to vote?

You need to register to vote on the UK Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You can also find information about registering using a paper form on this website.

You will be asked to provide your name, your date of birth, your nationality and your National Insurance number.

If you do not know your National Insurance number, you can get assistance in finding it here: https://www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number  


Can I be registered to vote at more than one address?

Students are allowed to register to vote at more than one address if they consider both places to be a permanent home.

We know that students often split their time between their term-time address and their home address, so it's important that you are registered at both.

Depending on the election, you may also be able to vote in both locations. In General Elections, referendums and devolved parliamentary elections it is illegal to vote in two places, but in other elections, such as council elections you can vote in both areas as long as the addresses are in different council areas.


I’ve moved house recently, do I have to register to vote again?

You have to register to vote every time you change address.

We know that students change address more than most people, so it’s important that students double check that they are registered to vote.

You also need to register again if you have changed your name or nationality.


How old do I have to be to register to vote?

There are different rules about the minimum voting age in different UK elections.

In England and Northern Ireland you must be aged 16 or over to register to vote, but in Scotland and Wales you must be 14 or over.

This is because the minimum voting age in some elections in Scotland and Wales is 16, compared to 18 in the rest of the UK. The minimum voting age in General Elections is 18.


I am not a British citizen. Can I register to vote?

You do not have to be a British citizen to vote in UK elections or referendums.

There are different rules on whether you can vote depending on your nationality in different UK elections.

Use this tool to find out which elections you can vote in: https://canivote.org.uk/


Is there a deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in a UK election or referendum is usually 12 working days before polling day.

The deadline to register to vote in the General Election on Thursday, 4th July 2024 is Tuesday, 18th June.

You can register to vote up until 23:59 on the day of the deadline.


Are there other benefits of being registered to vote?

Being registered to vote could improve your credit score, because banks and other lenders often use the Electoral Roll to help verify your identity.

This could help when it comes to things like taking out a mobile phone contract, especially if you do not have a long credit history.

It could also help if you’re looking to buy a car, rent, or even secure a mortgage.


I'm already registered to vote. What else do I need to know?

New laws mean you now have to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in General Elections in the UK. This was already the law in Northern Ireland.

You can find a full list of accepted voter IDs in each UK nation via the Electoral Commission here.

NUS have teamed up with CitizenCard to offer a FREE Voter ID (usually £18) to any student or young person who needs it. Sign up for your FREE CitizenCard and find out more about Photo ID below.


More you can do to get ready to Turn Up


Campaign partners

We want Turn Up to be the biggest student and youth voter registration campaign ever, so we're partnering with organisations to help spread the word!

British Youth Council


Generation Rent

Democracy Classroom


NUS Charity


If you're interested in partnering with NUS UK on the Turn Up campaign, email [email protected].