In the past year 38 young adults in the area were caught watching live TV without a license.
TV Licensing is now reminding first year students they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1000, if they are caught watching TV, on any device without a license.
A spokesperson for TV Licensing, Mark Whitehouse, said: “On average, students own three devices capable of streaming live TV so it is important they understand the law when it comes TV and devices.”
“Watching live TV on any device is illegal, without a TV Licence, and could result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.”
“If you’re a student and you are worried about paying for a TV licence, get in touch.”
“We know some people struggle to pay which is why we have many payment options available to spread the cost in smaller, more manageable chunks. Once covered, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy TV legally.”
A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
Students living in Gainsborough who are in any doubt about whether or not they need a licence are encouraged to check by visiting TV Licensing or by calling 0300 790 6113.