Registering to Vote as a Student
Registering as a student in Nottingham
If you haven't registered to vote in Nottingham before, please think about doing so as you settle into life at the University by registering on the government website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can vote in national and local elections.
Household enquiry form
If you are a student living in Nottingham, you still need to respond to the Household Enquiry Form (HEF) sent to your term-time address by visiting www.householdresponse.com/nottingham. This applies even if you are an international student or you are already registered to vote at your home address.
You could receive a fine of up to £1,000 if we do not receive a HEF response for your property.
As students, you are eligible to be registered at both your home and term-time addresses.
However, you can only vote from one location at national elections.
Please remove the details of any individuals on the HEF who are no longer living at the address and add the names of those currently living at the address.
All new residents should then go online to www.gov.uk/registertovote to register to vote at their term-time address. Make sure that you put that your Nottingham address is your ‘second home’ so that you are not removed from your home address.
It only takes five minutes and they will need their National Insurance number. Anyone who is added to the HEF and does not register online will receive an Invitation to Register (ITR) form through the post, which they must respond to.
Why should I be on the electoral register?
If you are not registered, you can't vote. The electoral register is also used in credit referencing when buying some items, such as mobile phones, or opening a bank account. Some employers also check credit references.
I'm not British, can I vote?
If you're British, or a Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen you are entitled to register to vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register to vote in local and European elections. Find out more about who is eligible to vote here: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/who-can-register-to-vote
I'm already registered at my home address
That's great, though it is worth checking that you still are. You are entitled to be registered at home and your university address. At local council elections, you can vote both here in Nottingham and at your permanent residence. Not all councils hold elections at the same time, but if that is the case, registering for a postal vote at one of the addresses will make it easier to vote in both areas.
I'm not interested in voting
You must still register even if you’re not interested in voting.
Can I vote twice, at home and university?
If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both areas.
However, even if you are registered in two areas (at home and university) you can only vote in one at a general election.
It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a UK general election.
What if I don’t have a National Insurance number?
If you don’t have a National Insurance number, don’t worry! There are other ways that we can check your identity. Just get in touch with us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.