You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you aren’t registered to vote, you will not have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the electoral 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, but can vote only once in the general election. Remember it is an offence to vote twice.
About voter registration
You need to register in order to be able to vote in elections and referendums. The way you register to vote changed in 2014 so that now everyone is responsible for registering themselves, before it was the responsibility of the head of household.
The new system means that you can now register online. You will need to provide a few details to register – including your National Insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.