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SimplyBroadband
TalkTalk
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • Free Connection
  • 12 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

Free Connection & 12 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

16Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£1.75
£3.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £17.70
  • First year cost: £212.40
  • Lifetime cost: £212.40
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Unlimited Broadband
Tesco
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Collect Clubcard points on every bill
  • £4 off for 12 Months

£4 off for 12 Months

16Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
0.4Mb
up to
£6
one-off-fee
£2
£6 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6
  • Average monthly: £17.90
  • First year cost: £214.80
  • Lifetime cost: £214.80
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Unlimited Broadband Basic
Primus Saver
  • Up to 15Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Pay for the calls you make

    15Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    £7.95
    one-off-fee
    £2.50
    per monthprice details+ £14.90 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £7.95
    • Average monthly: £18.06
    • First year cost: £216.75
    • Lifetime cost: £216.75
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Broadband Basic with Weekend Calls
    Direct Save Telecom
    • 14Mb broadband & calls
    • 20GB monthly usage
    • No long term contract

      14Mb
      up to
      20GB
      usage limit
      1Mb
      up to
      £8.95
      one-off-fee
      £11.95
      per monthprice details+ £14.45 line rental1 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £8.95
      • Average monthly: Not applicable
      • First year cost: £325.75
      • Lifetime cost: £35.35
      • Contract length: 1
      Price details
      Broadband Basic with Evening & Weekend Calls
      Direct Save Telecom
      • 14Mb broadband & calls
      • 20GB monthly usage
      • No long term contract

        14Mb
        up to
        20GB
        usage limit
        1Mb
        up to
        £8.95
        one-off-fee
        £13.85
        per monthprice details+ £14.45 line rental1 month contract
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        • Upfront cost: £8.95
        • Average monthly: Not applicable
        • First year cost: £348.55
        • Lifetime cost: £37.25
        • Contract length: 1
        Price details
        Infinity Extra Student Broadband & Calls
        BT
        • BT Sport app & online player
        • 40GB usage 38Mb fibre broadband
        • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls

          38Mb
          up to
          40GB
          usage limit
          9.5Mb
          up to
          £30
          one-off-fee
          £14
          per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental9 month contract
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          • Upfront cost: £30
          • Average monthly: Not applicable
          • First year cost: £389.88
          • Lifetime cost: £299.91
          • Contract length: 9
          Price details
          50Mb Student Broadband & Phone
          Virgin Media
          • Shorter 9 Month Contract
          • Up to 50Mb Unlimited Broadband
          • Free Weekend Calls

            50Mb
            up to
            Unlimited
            traffic mgmt
            3Mb
            up to
            £49.95
            one-off-fee
            £15.50
            per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental9 month contract
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            • Upfront cost: £49.95
            • Average monthly: Not applicable
            • First year cost: £427.83
            • Lifetime cost: £333.36
            • Contract length: 9
            Price details
            Unlimited Student Broadband & Calls
            BT
            • BT Sport app and online player
            • Up to 17Mbps unlimited broadband
            • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls

              17Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              truly unlimited
              1Mb
              up to
              Free
              of charge
              £16
              per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental9 month contract
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              • Upfront cost: Free
              • Average monthly: Not applicable
              • First year cost: £383.88
              • Lifetime cost: £287.91
              • Contract length: 9
              Price details
              Broadband Basic with Anytime Calls
              Direct Save Telecom
              • 14Mb broadband & calls
              • 20GB monthly usage
              • No long term contract

                14Mb
                up to
                20GB
                usage limit
                1Mb
                up to
                £8.95
                one-off-fee
                £17.45
                per monthprice details+ £14.45 line rental1 month contract
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                • Upfront cost: £8.95
                • Average monthly: Not applicable
                • First year cost: £391.75
                • Lifetime cost: £40.85
                • Contract length: 1
                Price details
                Zen Lite
                Zen Internet
                • Up to 16Mb download speed
                • 50GB monthly usage
                • Free wireless router

                  16Mb
                  up to
                  50GB
                  usage limit
                  1Mb
                  up to
                  Free
                  of charge
                  £18.37
                  per monthprice details+ £15.44 line rental1 month contract
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                  • Upfront cost: Free
                  • Average monthly: Not applicable
                  • First year cost: £405.72
                  • Lifetime cost: £33.81
                  • Contract length: 1
                  Price details
                  Infinity Unlimited Student Broadband & Calls
                  BT
                  • BT Sport app & online player
                  • Up to 38Mb unlimited fibre broadband
                  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls

                    38Mb
                    up to
                    Unlimited
                    truly unlimited
                    9.5Mb
                    up to
                    £30
                    one-off-fee
                    £19
                    per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental9 month contract
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                    • Upfront cost: £30
                    • Average monthly: Not applicable
                    • First year cost: £449.88
                    • Lifetime cost: £344.91
                    • Contract length: 9
                    Price details
                    100Mb Student Broadband & Phone
                    Virgin Media
                    • Shorter 9 Month Contract
                    • Up to 100Mb Fibre Optic Broadband
                    • Unlimited Weekend Calls

                      100Mb
                      up to
                      Unlimited
                      traffic mgmt
                      6Mb
                      up to
                      £49.95
                      one-off-fee
                      £20.50
                      per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental9 month contract
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                      • Upfront cost: £49.95
                      • Average monthly: Not applicable
                      • First year cost: £487.83
                      • Lifetime cost: £378.36
                      • Contract length: 9
                      Price details
                      Premium Home Broadband Home Select - 1 Month
                      Eclipse
                      • Up to 24Mb broadband
                      • 50GB monthly usage
                      • Short 1 month contract

                        24Mb
                        up to
                        50GB
                        usage limit
                        1Mb
                        up to
                        £50.50
                        one-off-fee
                        £20.50
                        per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental1 month contract
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                        • Upfront cost: £50.50
                        • Average monthly: Not applicable
                        • First year cost: £488.38
                        • Lifetime cost: £86.99
                        • Contract length: 1
                        Price details
                        50Mb Student Broadband, TV & Calls
                        Virgin Media
                        • 9 Month Contract with Line Rental
                        • Up to 50Mb Unlimited Broadband
                        • 142 TV Channels & Weekend Calls

                          50Mb
                          up to
                          Unlimited
                          traffic mgmt
                          3Mb
                          up to
                          £49.95
                          one-off-fee
                          £25.50
                          per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental9 month contract
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                          • Upfront cost: £49.95
                          • Average monthly: Not applicable
                          • First year cost: £547.83
                          • Lifetime cost: £423.36
                          • Contract length: 9
                          Price details
                          50Mb Student Broadband without Phone Line
                          Virgin Media
                          • 9 Month Contract
                          • Up to 50Mb Unlimited Broadband
                          • No Phone Line Required

                            50Mb
                            up to
                            Unlimited
                            traffic mgmt
                            3Mb
                            up to
                            £49.95
                            one-off-fee
                            £26.50
                            per monthprice details+ £0 line rental9 month contract
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                            • Upfront cost: £49.95
                            • Average monthly: Not applicable
                            • First year cost: £367.95
                            • Lifetime cost: £288.45
                            • Contract length: 9
                            Price details
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                            What you need to know

                            • Prices last checked and verified 21st August 2014
                            • Broadband speeds may vary
                            • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
                            • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
                            • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract

                            How to compare and buy student broadband

                            How do I compare student broadband deals?

                            With the new university year looming on the horizon it’s the right time to start looking for student broadband. Here’s how to find the ideal student broadband deal.

                            It’s easy to compare student broadband deals

                            We’ve made comparing student broadband as straightforward as possible. The cheapest monthly price is listed at the top, but you can re-order the lists however you like. Once you’ve chosen your deal, click the blue button to visit the provider’s website.

                            Availability

                            As with all broadband services, availability is key. You can only sign up to providers that are available in your area. To find out which providers and packages are available to you, simply enter your postcode in our checker at the top of the page. It’s worth noting that many student broadband deals will no longer be available by the end of October, once the full university term gets underway.

                            Check the detail

                            Before you choose, make sure you study the deals to see what’s included. You can find more information by clicking on the deal name on the left-hand side of the column.

                            Do you get free broadband in halls of residence?

                            If you’re approaching the first year of university, then you don’t need to worry about student broadband as most halls of residence have broadband already installed. However, if you’re starting your second year, it’s likely that you’ll be moving into a shared house, in which this case, you’ll need a broadband connection.

                            Many student broadband packages are subject to nine-month contracts

                            The best student broadband deals are on short, nine-month contracts. These contracts generally run from October and can terminated in June, leaving the summer months free of bills. If you’re intending to stay for the summer, you may be better off looking at longer contracts.

                            Upfront fees may be high

                            Many providers offset the risk of short-term contracts by charging a high upfront fee for installation and set-up. A provider may also ask you to pay for a couple of months in advance, just in case you drop out of university (we know you won’t) or some other difficulty arises.

                            Why choose a student broadband deal?

                            There are several great reasons for choosing a cheap student broadband deal. Here are three that we think are the best.

                            You don’t have to pay for broadband in the summer

                            After spending nine months attending lectures and doing your own washing, it’s understandable that you’ll want to flee back home for the summer. When you do, you don’t want to be paying for a broadband service that you’re not using. Luckily, the nine-month contracts offered by some providers solve this problem by keeping the summer months free of bills.

                            A cheap way to get online for student households

                            If you’re trying to get online on your lonesome, it can be an expensive endeavour. Equally, if everyone in a student house is paying for their own broadband service, you’ll all be paying out more than is necessary. It’s worth clubbing together, plus, some providers will allow you to put more than one name on a contract, which will help protect everyone involved.

                            Fast broadband lets you do more online

                            There are two types of student broadband: traditional, copper-cable broadband and fibre optic broadband. Traditional broadband is more widely available, but is nowhere near as fast as fibre. Fibre speeds range from 38Mbps to 152Mbps, whereas most traditional broadband speeds hover around 16Mbps. Faster broadband means all your downloadable content, from movies to music, will transfer more rapidly.

                            Pros & cons

                            Pros

                            • No summer broadband bills
                            • Cheap for student groups
                            • A range of broadband speeds

                            Cons

                            • Installation can be expensive
                            • Availability is limited
                            • Bundles are usually subject to longer contracts

                            Which student broadband deal is right for me?

                            If you haven’t yet decided who is the best broadband provider for you, here are three additional options you may wish to consider.

                            Avoid line rental by choosing broadband-only

                            Line rental often applies with student broadband. This is due to the majority of providers using the BT network, which operates via the established telephone infrastructure to carry broadband. The only provider who offers broadband without a phone line (and therefore, without line rental) is Virgin Media: a company that operates its own, private fibre broadband network. By dropping line rental, you could save up to £15.99 a month on your student broadband bill.

                            Longer contracts are available if you intend to stay

                            Nine-month contracts are ideal if you want to head home for the summer. Not everyone will want to, however. For those who wish to remain in their student digs, many providers offer longer contracts that stretch to the full year and even beyond.

                            Bundles are available if you want more services

                            Broadband is just one service of many. It’s likely that you’ll want a TV service to complement your broadband and home phone. If this is the case, you may wish to consider a bundle. Some providers offer the chance to take multiple services in one package at a reduced overall rate, with some even offering the ability to take them on a short, nine-month contract.

                            What will I need?

                            You’re almost ready to choose a student broadband package. Before you do, there are two things you need to be 100 percent certain about.

                            Make sure you can afford the monthly payments

                            Student broadband offers a cheap option when you split the bill between multiple students. But what happens if one or two of your housemates renege on payments, drop out of university, or simply refuse to pay? If this happens, and the account is in your name, you’ll need to be able to continue to pay the monthly broadband bills. Failure to pay will result in penalties that may impact your financial capabilities in the future.

                            Make sure that broadband isn’t already included in your household bills

                            Some landlords may include broadband access in the rental agreement for your student household. If broadband is already supplied to your future property, you won’t need to take out broadband yourself.

                            How do I switch?

                            In order to switch, or to sign up for student broadband for the first time, there are three main steps to take.

                            Check your rental contract

                            Broadband may already be present at your property when you move. The landlord may include the service with your monthly bill, or the infrastructure for fibre from a particular provider may already be in place. There may be other restrictions, so be sure to check before you sign up.

                            Sign up for student broadband through our comparison page

                            Once you’ve chosen a deal on our comparison page, you can sign up by clicking the blue ‘see deal’ button on the right. This will take you to the provider’s website where you can finalise your purchase. Once purchased, you’ll be given an activation date.

                            Cancel any existing services

                            If you’re entering your third year at university and have had broadband before, you will have to cancel any existing broadband products to avoid paying for multiple services.

                            Six essential questions before you buy

                            1. Am I entering my second year of study?
                            2. Is a nine-month contract right for me?
                            3. Do I want a home phone?
                            4. Would I prefer to go broadband-only?
                            5. Can I split the bill?
                            6. Will I be solely responsible for payments?

                            Cable.co.uk recommends

                            If you can get all your future housemates together before you buy student broadband you can determine exactly what type of package you require. By working out what type of activities your broadband service will be used for ahead of time – such as streaming movies, downloading games, or listening to music – you can avoid purchasing an unsatisfactory package.

                            Comments (4)

                            2nd January 2014

                            Hi Deddy

                            Can you please post the dates of the price increases? I can then get in touch with Virgin Media to clarify the reasons for the increases.

                            Hannah - Cable.co.uk

                            deddy
                            23rd December 2013

                            last year, i applied for virgin media 60mb student package (9 months contact). since i still live at the same house, so i didn't call it for cancellation. for the 9 month period, had paid £27.75 then the next 3 month, i paid £29.25 and 3 month after that i had paid £31.25

                            it seem the price increase every 3 months (even i applied for Direct debit and eBilling)

                            is this normal, or should i take an action?

                            2nd August 2013

                            Hi Haitham

                            If you select '6 months or less' under 'contract' at the top of this page you'll be able to see what deals are available. Click here to read reviews for each provider.

                            Hannah - Cable.co.uk

                            Haitham Bazin
                            2nd August 2013

                            I want just a student broadband for short term six months which one you recommend me. Thanks

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