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Mobile Broadband with 1GB Data Pay As You Go
Vodafone
  • 1GB PAYG data allowance
  • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
  • K4201-Z dongle

    7.2Mb
    up to
    1GB
    usage limit
    2Mb
    up to
    £15
    one-off-fee
    £15
    first year
    PAYG
    pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £15no contract
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    • Upfront cost: £15
    • Average monthly: £0
    • First year cost: £15
    • Lifetime cost: £15
    • Contract length: -1
    Price details
    Mobile Broadband WiFi with 2GB Data Pay As You Go
    Vodafone
    • 2GB PAYG data allowance
    • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
    • R207 WiFi device

      7.2Mb
      up to
      2GB
      usage limit
      2Mb
      up to
      £24
      one-off-fee
      £24
      first year
      PAYG
      pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £24no contract
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      • Upfront cost: £24
      • Average monthly: £0
      • First year cost: £24
      • Lifetime cost: £24
      • Contract length: -1
      Price details
      Mobile Broadband with 1GB Pay As You Go
      3 Mobile
      • 1GB PAYG data allowance
      • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
      • ZTE MF730M dongle

        7.2Mb
        up to
        1GB
        usage limit
        1.6Mb
        up to
        £24.99
        one-off-fee
        £24.99
        first year
        PAYG
        pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £24.99no contract
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        • Upfront cost: £24.99
        • Average monthly: £0
        • First year cost: £24.99
        • Lifetime cost: £24.99
        • Contract length: -1
        Price details
        SimplyBroadband
        TalkTalk
        • Up to 17Mb broadband
        • Totally unlimited monthly usage
        • No calls included, pay for what you use
        • £75 Love2shop voucher
        • 12 months half price broadband

        £75 Love2shop voucher & 12 months half price broadband

        17Mb
        up to
        Unlimited
        truly unlimited
        1Mb
        up to
        £6.75
        save £30
        £27.75
        first year
        £1.75
        £3.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £27.7518 month contract
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        • Upfront cost: £6.75
        • Average monthly: £19.41
        • First year cost: £228.15
        • Lifetime cost: £349.35
        • Contract length: 18
        Price details
        Unlimited Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
        Fuel Broadband
        • Up to 16Mb broadband
        • Unlimited monthly download
        • Evening & weekend calls
        • 6 months free broadband
        • Includes Chromecast

        6 months free broadband & Includes Chromecast

        16Mb
        up to
        Unlimited
        fair use policy
        1Mb
        up to
        £7.95
        one-off-fee
        £31.95
        first year
        Free
        £4 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £31.9512 month contract
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        • Upfront cost: £7.95
        • Average monthly: £17.66
        • First year cost: £211.95
        • Lifetime cost: £211.95
        • Contract length: 12
        Price details
        Mobile Broadband with 3GB Pay As You Go
        3 Mobile
        • 3GB PAYG data allowance
        • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
        • ZTE MF730M dongle

          7.2Mb
          up to
          3GB
          usage limit
          1.6Mb
          up to
          £34.99
          one-off-fee
          £34.99
          first year
          PAYG
          pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £34.99no contract
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          • Upfront cost: £34.99
          • Average monthly: £0
          • First year cost: £34.99
          • Lifetime cost: £34.99
          • Contract length: -1
          Price details
          Unlimited Broadband with Weekends Calls
          Plusnet
          • Up to 17Mb broadband
          • Unlimited usage allowance
          • Inclusive weekend calls
          • £7.49 off for 12 months

          £7.49 off for 12 months

          17Mb
          up to
          Unlimited
          traffic mgmt
          1.3Mb
          up to
          £5.99
          save £25
          £35.99
          first year
          £2.50
          £9.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £35.9912 month contract
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          • Upfront cost: £5.99
          • Average monthly: £18.95
          • First year cost: £227.39
          • Lifetime cost: £227.39
          • Contract length: 12
          Price details
          Unlimited Broadband with Weekend Calls
          EE
          • Up to 17Mb broadband
          • Unlimited download usage
          • Inclusive weekend calls
          • £7.45 off for 12 months
          • Free Norton Security (usually £59.99)

          £7.45 off for 12 months & Free Norton Security (usually £59.99)

          17Mb
          up to
          Unlimited
          traffic mgmt
          1Mb
          up to
          £6
          one-off-fee
          £36
          first year
          £2.50
          £9.95 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.75 line rental1st year cost: £3612 month contract
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          • Upfront cost: £6
          • Average monthly: £18.75
          • First year cost: £225
          • Lifetime cost: £225
          • Contract length: 12
          Price details
          Broadband Premium with Weekend Calls
          Post Office
          • Up to 8Mb broadband
          • Unlimited download allowance
          • Inclusive weekend calls
          • 6 Months Free Unlimited Broadband

          6 Months Free Unlimited Broadband

          8Mb
          up to
          Unlimited
          fair use policy
          0.2Mb
          up to
          Free
          of charge
          £48
          first year
          Free
          £8 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £4818 month contract
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          • Upfront cost: Free
          • Average monthly: £20.33
          • First year cost: £228
          • Lifetime cost: £366
          • Contract length: 18
          Price details
          4GEE Mobile Broadband WiFi 6GB Pay As You Go
          EE Mobile
          • 6GB PAYG data allowance
          • Data lasts 90 days
          • Osprey WiFi device

            30Mb
            up to
            6GB
            usage limit
            5Mb
            up to
            £49.99
            one-off-fee
            £49.99
            first year
            PAYG
            pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £49.99no contract
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            • Upfront cost: £49.99
            • Average monthly: £0
            • First year cost: £49.99
            • Lifetime cost: £49.99
            • Contract length: -1
            Price details
            4GEE Mobile Broadband WiFi 2GB Pay As You Go
            EE Mobile
            • 2GB PAYG data allowance
            • Data lasts 30 days
            • Osprey WiFi device

              30Mb
              up to
              2GB
              usage limit
              5Mb
              up to
              £49.99
              one-off-fee
              £49.99
              first year
              PAYG
              pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £49.99no contract
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              • Upfront cost: £49.99
              • Average monthly: £0
              • First year cost: £49.99
              • Lifetime cost: £49.99
              • Contract length: -1
              Price details
              Broadband Unlimited with Weekend Calls
              Sky
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • Truly unlimited monthly usage
              • Inclusive weekend calls
              • 12 months 1/2 price broadband
              • £50 M&S Voucher

              12 months 1/2 price broadband & £50 M&S Voucher

              17Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              truly unlimited
              1.3Mb
              up to
              £6.95
              one-off-fee
              £51.95
              first year
              £3.75
              £7.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £51.9512 month contract
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              • Upfront cost: £6.95
              • Average monthly: £20.73
              • First year cost: £248.75
              • Lifetime cost: £248.75
              • Contract length: 12
              Price details
              4G Mobile Broadband 3GB Pay As You Go
              O2 Mobile Broadband
              • 3GB PAYG data allowance
              • Up to 42Mb mobile broadband
              • ZTE 4G dongle

                42Mb
                up to
                3GB
                usage limit
                5.7Mb
                up to
                £55
                one-off-fee
                £55
                first year
                PAYG
                pay as you go+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £55no contract
                More
                • Upfront cost: £55
                • Average monthly: £0
                • First year cost: £55
                • Lifetime cost: £55
                • Contract length: -1
                Price details
                Broadband Unlimited with Calls
                Direct Save Telecom
                • Up to 17Mb broadband
                • Unlimited monthly usage
                • Evening & weekend calls
                • A £50 security deposit may apply

                A £50 security deposit may apply

                17Mb
                up to
                Unlimited
                truly unlimited
                1Mb
                up to
                £33.90
                one-off-fee
                £57.30
                first year
                £1.95
                per monthprice details+ £15.75 line rental1st year cost: £57.3024 month contract
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                • Upfront cost: £33.90
                • Average monthly: £19.11
                • First year cost: £246.30
                • Lifetime cost: £458.70
                • Contract length: 24
                Price details
                Broadband Essential with Weekend Calls
                Post Office
                • Up to 8Mb broadband
                • 10GB download allowance
                • Inclusive weekend calls

                  8Mb
                  up to
                  10GB
                  usage limit
                  0.2Mb
                  up to
                  Free
                  of charge
                  £60
                  first year
                  £5
                  per monthprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £6012 month contract
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                  • Upfront cost: Free
                  • Average monthly: £20
                  • First year cost: £240
                  • Lifetime cost: £240
                  • Contract length: 12
                  Price details
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                  What you need to know

                  • Prices last checked and verified 20th March 2015
                  • 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
                  • The line rental prices shown are for payment on a monthly basis. Some providers offer reduced prices on line rental when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

                  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 £16.99 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.