Make sure you register to vote in the UK general election.

The general election will take place on 4 July this year. These elections will decide who leads the UK for the next 4 years, and only registered voters can place their vote during the election.  

Voting is not limited to just UK citizens, so make sure to check if you are eligible to vote if you're living and studying in the UK, and be sure you're registered by 18 June to have your say.  

We've broken down some must-know info about registering to vote, and how to vote, right here! 

Am I eligible to vote? 

To vote in this 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 

  • be resident at an address in the UK or living abroad and registered as an overseas voter 

  • not be legally excluded from voting  

Qualifying citizens from Commonwealth countries, and European citizens who moved to the UK prior to Brexit may be eligible to vote. Make sure to check your eligibility even if you are not a UK citizen! 

You can check your eligibility to vote at www.canivote.org.uk or at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

What if I’m not eligible to vote?  

Anyone who doesn’t meet the above criteria isn’t eligible to vote, but should encourage friends to register to vote if they are eligible.  

When is the deadline to register? 

If you are not yet on the electoral register, the deadline to register to vote is 18 June. You can register to vote online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  

You now need to show photo ID when voting in some elections, including the General Election. If you do not have a valid form of ID, you can apply for a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’. The National Union of Students (NUS) are offering free CitizenCards for students ahead of the election if you need valid photo ID. You can get yours here for free before June 20! 

What address do I use when registering to vote? 

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. In this General Election, you can be registered at two addresses, but only vote at one. This means if you’re unsure if you will be at your campus accommodation or UK home, you can vote at one of those two locations, as long as you have registered under both addresses. 

Further information for students is available from the Electoral Commission.