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Broadband 20GB with Evening & Weekend Calls
Primus Saver
  • Up to 15Mb broadband
  • 20GB download allowance
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • £1.20 for 12 months

£1.20 for 12 months

15Mb
up to
20GB
usage limit
1Mb
up to
£7.95
one-off-fee
£1.20
£2.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £13.99 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £7.95
  • Average monthly: £15.85
  • First year cost: £190.23
  • Lifetime cost: £190.23
  • Contract length: 12
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Essentials Broadband with Weekend Calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • 10GB usage allowance
  • Inclusive Weekend calls
  • £4 off for 12 months
  • Free Activation

£4 off for 12 months & Free Activation

16Mb
up to
10GB
usage limit
1.3Mb
up to
£5.99
save £25
£1.99
£5.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £14.50 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £5.99
  • Average monthly: £18.16
  • First year cost: £203.87
  • Lifetime cost: £326.81
  • Contract length: 18
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Unlimited Broadband
Tesco
  • Up to 14Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Collect Clubcard points on every bill
  • Only £2 for 12 Months

Only £2 for 12 Months

14Mb
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
SimplyBroadband
TalkTalk
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • Free Install

Free Install

16Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£3.50
per monthprice details+ £15.95 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £19.45
  • First year cost: £233.40
  • Lifetime cost: £233.40
  • Contract length: 12
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Essentials Broadband 10GB Usage - 1 Month Contract
Plusnet
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • 24/7 award winning support
  • 30 day notice contract

    16Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £55.99
    one-off-fee
    £10.99
    per monthprice details+ £14.50 line rental1 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £55.99
    • Average monthly: Not applicable
    • First year cost: £361.87
    • Lifetime cost: £81.48
    • Contract length: 1
    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
        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
            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
              Premium Home Broadband Home Pro - 1 Month
              Eclipse
              • Up to 24Mb broadband
              • 100GB monthly usage
              • Short 1 month contract

                24Mb
                up to
                100GB
                usage limit
                1Mb
                up to
                £50.50
                one-off-fee
                £30.50
                per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental1 month contract
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                • Upfront cost: £50.50
                • Average monthly: Not applicable
                • First year cost: £608.38
                • Lifetime cost: £96.99
                • Contract length: 1
                Price details
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                What you need to know

                • Prices last checked and verified 16th April 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

                Buyers guide to student broadband

                Before you buy student broadband you should read our impartial buyers guide to help you make the most informed decision possible.

                This independent guide will give you information on how to choose the best student broadband deals, including how to find out what’s available in your area, the important questions to ask yourself when looking for a good deal and what to consider before signing up.

                Why choose student broadband?

                Starting university or college can be a hugely influential period, and with so many things to think about it can be easy to lose track of the ‘little details’ of everyday life.

                However, one of the most important aspects of student life in the 21st Century is internet access, so the ‘little detail’ of a good broadband supply should actually be pretty high up your list of priorities.

                If you are in Halls of Residence then you may be able to simply connect onto the network provided by your college. But if yo’re in your own student accommodation, finding the right broadband deals is crucial. There are broadband deals that are specifically aimed at students, with shorter contracts that correspond with the length of time you’ll spend in your term-time accommodation.

                These include Virgin Media, who advertise their 9 month student broadband packages during the summer and autumn, and other suppliers who offer one or three month contract deals all year round.

                What are my options?

                Your first consideration has to be availability, so you should start with our postcode checker at the top of the page to see what’s available where you’ll be spending your academic year.

                Next up you need to work out the right contract length, which will depend on how long you intend to stay in the same house or flat. Short-term contracts of one, three or nine months tend to be the best fit as they fit in with accommodation agreements.

                Then consider the features of the packages available to you, in terms of monthly usage allowance, speed and any added extras. To help you make that decision, think about:

                • How many of you will be sharing the same connection
                • How demanding you’ll be (i.e. can you cope with a capped allowance, or will you need to go unlimited)
                • Whether to choose standard broadband over a phone line, or superfast fibre broadband (if that’s an option in your area)

                If you’re in a shared house and everyone is in agreement, a standard contract package is probably the most cost-effective choice. However, as we said, look for short-term deals, especially if you are not going to be at the property for a full 12 months.

                Alternatively, there are other providers who offer ‘contract-free’ services, which basically equate to a rolling monthly service. These are considerably more flexible in nature, but there may be additional set-up and activation fees. However, when compared to the penalty fees longer term contracts can saddle you with if you leave early, they may well turn out to be the most affordable option - especially when split between everyone in the house. Do remember, though, that you will have to include monthly line rental charges for all packages bar Virgin Media broadband only deals.

                If you don’t want to tie yourself to a contract at all, or if you just want broadband for your sole use, then a mobile broadband service may be preferable.

                What equipment do I need?

                First off, you’ll need a wireless router. In most cases you’ll get one free, but you may be charged for postage and packaging. Our advice is to always check before you buy to find out exactly what the deal does and does not include.

                Keep in mind that you may have to return or pay for the router if you terminate your contract before the end of the minimum term, so look after it and make sure to keep hold of the packaging it came in.

                Will I have to pay line rental?

                For almost every broadband deal you’ll need a phone line and to pay line rental at up to £15.99 each month, so factor this in when you’re comparing your options.

                You can often get a discount on your line rental by paying for a full year’s worth in one lump sum - although if you’re not sure how long you’re going to be at that address this may turn out to be a false economy, or not an option at all.

                Six essential questions to ask before you buy

                When weighing up the pros and cons of the different broadband providers and packages in your area it’s a good idea to think about how you would answer each of these six essential questions

                1. How many people will be sharing my broadband connection?
                2. What speed will be sufficient to give us all a good service?
                3. Will I need to pay line rental, and/or any one-off fees?
                4. How long a contract should I choose?
                5. What kind of early termination charges apply if I need to cancel early?
                6. Do I want to get a bundle of broadband with calls, and maybe digital TV too?

                Choosing the right speed

                The more people you’ll be sharing with, the slower your download speed will be – so if you're comparing deals for a house full of fellow students it’s essential to get a broadband connection that’s up to the task.

                For one, two or even three users a traditional ADSL package should be fine, especially if you’re considerate and don’t all start streaming HD iPlayer content at the same time. For larger homes of four or more, a superfast fibre broadband connection at up to 30Mbps or faster is probably a better ideal – assuming of course that this is an option at your address.

                Unlimited verses capped usage

                If you are a heavy user or there’s more than two of you then it may be a better idea to go for unlimited usage. However, if you’re going to be vigilant and stay within a fixed usage limit then a cheaper option with a monthly cap may be all you need.

                Be warned though – it’s all too easy to go over that limit, and if you do you will be charged extra or even get put onto a higher tariff without any notice. So you need to ensure that your contract includes enough monthly usage to cover everyone’s needs.

                Use our comparison checker to see what limits individual suppliers put on their usage policies (including ‘fair usage’ and ‘traffic management’ activity), as well as what additional fees you may have to pay for unlimited services.

                Get the right contract

                A nine-month contract is the ideal length for students in their last year, or for those who head back home for the summer break. But with so many different types of contract available, it’s worth reiterating how important it is to check the small print and choose a contract length that suits your plans. If you’re only going to be at the property for a term, then look for very short-term contracts of around three months.

                Rolling contracts of 30 days are perhaps preferable if your plans are even more fluid. If you’re spending the entire year in a property then it’s worth looking for a 12-month contract that’s more affordable than shorter-term contracts. Basically, if you want the ability to chop and change your contracts by taking a 30-day deal or a three-month contract, then expect to pay a higher rate.

                Providers like customers who commit to them for at least 12 months, so if you do take a longer contract then there’s a good chance that you’ll get a better deal on price. You’ve also got more of a choice on unlimited usage with longer-term contracts, and the whole thing can be managed between everyone within the house relatively easily.

                Get out of Jail not-so-free…

                If you do decide to cut your contract short, again, expect to be charged for the privilege. You’ll probably end up paying the full monthly cost, multiplied by the number of months you have left on your contract – and that could run into hundreds of pounds. You may also be charged for that ‘free’ router they sent you, or asked to return it at your own expense.

                Payment may be taken automatically out of your account, especially if you’ve set up a direct debit, and if you don’t pay it can seriously affect your credit rating, making it nigh on impossible to sign up with another provider further down the road. So think carefully before bailing out early – it could in theory cost you much more than you thought.

                Bundle deals

                The temptation may be to ‘bundle’ everything together for ease, but that can also tie you into lengthy contracts with high get-out fees.

                Also remember that if you do leave early, the more services you have bundled together, the higher the early-exit fees will be, and you may also have to return equipment or pay hundreds of pounds to keep it. The same applies for broadband routers – it’s important to check whether you have to return it if you leave your contract early, as ‘free’ doesn’t always actually mean free!

                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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