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If you want to rent, get a mobile contract, or sign up for a credit card, it really helps if you're on the electoral roll, which is basically a list of everyone who's registered to vote. This also means you can be a part of big decision-making, including voting for a new government.

Students are able to register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses. If your home and uni address are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections at both. However, in general elections, you'll only be able to vote in one. Voting in more than one location is a criminal offence. 

If you're not sure if you're already registered to vote, you can check by getting in touch with your local authority. Enter your postcode to find your local electoral registration office, and contact them directly.

If it turns out you're not on the electoral roll, register to vote in England, Scotland, and Wales. Registering online only takes about three minutes, so there are no excuses!