Register to vote. Students need to register to vote each year.

Register to vote

Students can be registered to vote at a term-time address and a home address

How do I register?

Registering to vote is quick, easy and secure.

  1. Go to
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will be asked for your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. If you do not know or do not have a National Insurance number, please select ‘I cannot supply a National insurance Number’ and enter ‘student’ for the reason.
  3. Students from the UK, EU, Commonwealth, British Overseas Territories and British Crown Dependencies are all eligible to register to vote.

Why should I register?

To vote: You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you are not registered to vote, you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you or how things are run. Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

As a student, you can register at both your term time address and at the address you live at outside of term time. At local elections, you can vote in both areas if they are in different council districts. You can only vote once in a national election such as a UK Parliamentary General Election, it is a criminal offence to vote twice in these elections. If you are unsure which elections you can vote in, check with our Electoral Service team.

But I thought I was already registered to vote?

If you are unsure whether you are registered please contact Electoral Services, Canterbury City Council . Students need to register at their term-time address each academic year.

What if I don’t wish to register in the Canterbury area?

If you do not wish to register in the Canterbury area as you only wish to register at your home address, please email informing Electoral Services of your wish not to register, together with your term time address and full name.

Electoral Services, Canterbury City Council Contact details

Phone: 01227 862 007

If you have any problems or queries with your registration, please contact Electoral Services.