Voter Registration

How do I know if I need to register?

You will need to register to vote if you have:

  1. You have changed address since you last registered.
  2. If you’ve never been registered to vote.

The law allows you to register to vote at both your home address and term time address so make sure that you register to vote in Durham or Stockton. If you want to vote at home, make sure you register to vote by post if you’re going to be at university on the 8 June.

The next General Election is going to be held on Thursday 8 June 2017, it is important that all students register to vote before Monday 22 May 2017. This is the last day you can register to vote in this General Election. You can register to vote if you are a British, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.

Why register?

Being on the electoral register is important to help build up a credit rating for if you apply for a bank account, mortgage, or even a mobile phone contract.

You’ll be able to decide who runs your country and makes decisions that will affect you every day for the next five years

What do I need to register?

You will need your date of birth and National Insurance number as this is now a legal requirement for a valid application. If you have lost your national insurance number you can contact HM Revenue and Customs on 0845 915 7006 who will be able to help you track your number.

If you aren’t sure whether you are already registered, contact your Local Authority. You can find out more at

You can register to vote online and it only takes 5 minutes here


From previous voter registration campaigns, we've discovered that many students have been unsure about the process so we've created some mythbusters to make sure that you learn your rights in regards to voter registration. Make sure you have a look here if you're not sure if you can vote or have registered. 



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Durham Students' Union is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee (07689815) and a charity (1145400).

Our registered office is Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AN.