Registering to vote

Registering to vote – the Electoral Register

If you haven't registered to vote in Newcastle before, please think about doing so as you settle into life at the University. If you're British, or a Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen you are entitled to register to vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register to vote in local and European elections.

As part of your registration with the University, you will be given the opportunity to indicate whether you would like to be included on the Newcastle electoral register (via the Student Self Service Portal S3P), so that you can vote in national and local elections.

If you wish to register to vote while you are a resident in Newcastle your details will be securely transferred to Newcastle City Council. To confirm your identity and check your eligibility to vote we will pass to the council the following information about you –

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Newcastle term time address and postcode

If the council checks confirm that you are eligible, they will add you to the electoral register.

Please remember to keep your personal details up to date during your studies via the Student Self Service Portal S3P, particularly your term time address.

Why should I be on the electoral register?

If you are not registered you can't vote. The electoral register is also used in Credit Referencing when buying some items, such as mobile phones, or opening a bank account.

I'm not British, can I vote?

Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland citizens are entitled to register and vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register and vote in local and European elections.

I'm already registered at my home address

That's great, though it is worth checking that you still are. You are entitled to be registered at home and your University address. At local council elections you can vote in both as well.

I'm not interested in voting

Voting is not compulsory so you can choose whether to vote or not.  If you do not wish to register to vote please select ‘no’ in the checkbox on the Student Data 2 screen in the Student Self Service Portal S3P .

Further information

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/register-vote