Student Broadband price Comparison
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Unlimited Usage + 20Mb speeds, Half Price BB Unlimited: For your first 12 months
Ideal for students with very high internet demands, watching HD videos or downloading very large files.
Up to 50Mb broadband, Unlimited downloads, 9 Month contract
Up to 100Mb broadband, Unlimited downloads, 9 Month contract
Up to 152Mb broadband, Unlimited downloads, 9 Month contract
* Monthly Cost includes line rental
Other services available to Students
Digital Television Offers
Bandwidth is likely to be the most significant limiting factor for students - its amazing how quickly a few of you can reach your download limit, rendering your connection useless - or worse, incurring a massive bill.
I'm on my own, or it's just the two of us
In this case, you may be able to survive on a bandwidth-capped plan. This entirely depends on how much you download per month.
I'm sharing with friends
If youre sharing in a student house, we really dont recommend going on a bandwidth-capped plan.
Whats worse, you may have no control over how much your housemates download, so you could be tied into a contract that causes massive problems.
Wed recommend an unlimited plan, but check the companys reasonable use policy to make sure unlimited isnt a paltry amount
We reckon the average student could use about 2.1GB per week.
I'm on my own
If youre on your own, will you be streaming movies, TV or music? As a guideline, BBC iPlayer streams at 1.5Mbps, with the HD service going up to 3.2Mbps - so you should get a package above this speed if the answer is yes.
Im sharing with mates
If youre sharing your student broadband connection, you should bare this in mind when choosing broadband.
A few users browsing Wikipedia will be fine on all connections, but 4-5 students streaming Spotify could bring a slower connection to a grinding halt. As a guide, divide the speed (eg. 8Mbps) by the number of housemates (eg 5) and decide if thats an acceptable speed (1.6Mbps - which would be fine for most students).
Contract lengths and line rental
Most students have a 48 week contract, running from September - July. Thats 11 months. For a few months of that, you might not be using your broadband connection due to holidays.
You could get a pay as you go or short term contract, but these tend to attract a connection fee (usually around £25). Since youll have to connect twice, the costs tend to outweigh the benefit, and you might as well just take out a contract for one year. Dont fall into the trap of taking out an 18 month broadband contract.
Line rental and free calls
Most providers require a BT line (£11.54 at time of writing), which tends to be an additional cost to the quoted amount.
Alternatively, some providers encourage you to pay them for line rental, making it a bit cheaper. You could also get free calls.
Be careful with a phone in a student house. Unless all calls are free, which is very unlikely, you could have a tough time finding out who ran up the phone bill when it comes to bill time!
BroadbandforStudents.co.uk was setup in 2010 to help students across the UK to compare the best student broadband offers from one location. We work closely with some of the biggest broadband suppliers in the UK to help students recieve the very best deals as from our own experience money can be tight when studying.
Student Broadband is essential for any modern day universtiy student. The obvious being to be able to use for university work, checking university emails and of course Google when researching! But most of all the ability to connect to the internet to check your Facebook or Twitter, or to stay in touch with friends and family.
Here at BroadbandforStudents.co.uk we hand pick the best offers for students, whether its 9 month contract student broadband or the best download speed for the cheapest price.
We also compare other services than just broadband. When your student budget is low, and you just want to stay in and enjoy a movie on TV - then we also compare Student TV packages along with broadband
Student Mobile broadband is also a very popular service between students. If you just want to get broadband of your own and want it with you everywhere you go, then visit our student mobile broadband offers page to compare the best package for you