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Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
Free
£5 after 6 mthsprice details
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0800 380 0064
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
Free
£8 after 24 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
Free
£10 after 12 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 25GB monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 25GB monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
Sky
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • 25GB monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
38Mb
up to
25GB
usage limit
12
months
38Mb
up to
25GB
usage limit
12
months
Free
£10 after 12 mthsprice details
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0800 840 5394
TalkTalk
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
TalkTalk
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
£2.50
£5 after 12 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
TenTel
  • Up to 17Mb broadband, 5GB usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • Short 1 month contract
    • Up to 17Mb broadband, 5GB usage
    • No calls included, pay for what you use
    • Short 1 month contract
      TenTel
      • Up to 17Mb broadband, 5GB usage
      • No calls included, pay for what you use
      • Short 1 month contract
        17Mb
        up to
        5GB
        usage limit
        1
        month
        17Mb
        up to
        5GB
        usage limit
        1
        month
        See DealMore
        0800 380 0064
        TenTel
        • Up to 17Mb broadband
        • 5GB monthly usage
        • No calls included, pay for what you use
          • Up to 17Mb broadband
          • 5GB monthly usage
          • No calls included, pay for what you use
            TenTel
            • Up to 17Mb broadband
            • 5GB monthly usage
            • No calls included, pay for what you use
              17Mb
              up to
              5GB
              usage limit
              6
              months
              17Mb
              up to
              5GB
              usage limit
              6
              months
              See DealMore
              0800 380 0064
              Post Office
              • Up to 8Mb broadband
              • Unlimited download allowance
              • Inclusive weekend calls
              • Up to 8Mb broadband
              • Unlimited download allowance
              • Inclusive weekend calls
              Post Office
              • Up to 8Mb broadband
              • Unlimited download allowance
              • Inclusive weekend calls
              8Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              fair use policy
              12
              months
              8Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              fair use policy
              12
              months
              £4
              £8 after 12 mthsprice details
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              ONLINE ONLY
              BT
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • 10GB monthly usage
              • No calls included, pay for what you use
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • 10GB monthly usage
              • No calls included, pay for what you use
              BT
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • 10GB monthly usage
              • No calls included, pay for what you use
              17Mb
              up to
              10GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              17Mb
              up to
              10GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              BT
              • Up to 17Mb broadband
              • Totally unlimited usage
              • Free weekend calls
              • Up to 17Mb broadband
              • Totally unlimited usage
              • Free weekend calls
              BT
              • Up to 17Mb broadband
              • Totally unlimited usage
              • Free weekend calls
              17Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              truly unlimited
              12
              months
              17Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              truly unlimited
              12
              months
              See DealMore
              ONLINE ONLY
              BT
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • 10GB usage, 5GB BT Cloud
              • Free weekend calls
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • 10GB usage, 5GB BT Cloud
              • Free weekend calls
              BT
              • Up to 17Mbps broadband
              • 10GB usage, 5GB BT Cloud
              • Free weekend calls
              17Mb
              up to
              10GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              17Mb
              up to
              10GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              See DealMore
              ONLINE ONLY
              TenTel
              • Up to 17Mb broadband, 40GB usage
              • No calls included, pay for what you use
              • Short 1 month contract
                • Up to 17Mb broadband, 40GB usage
                • No calls included, pay for what you use
                • Short 1 month contract
                  TenTel
                  • Up to 17Mb broadband, 40GB usage
                  • No calls included, pay for what you use
                  • Short 1 month contract
                    17Mb
                    up to
                    40GB
                    usage limit
                    1
                    month
                    17Mb
                    up to
                    40GB
                    usage limit
                    1
                    month
                    See DealMore
                    0800 380 0064
                    TenTel
                    • Up to 17Mb broadband
                    • 40GB monthly usage
                    • No calls included, pay for what you use
                      • Up to 17Mb broadband
                      • 40GB monthly usage
                      • No calls included, pay for what you use
                        TenTel
                        • Up to 17Mb broadband
                        • 40GB monthly usage
                        • No calls included, pay for what you use
                          17Mb
                          up to
                          40GB
                          usage limit
                          6
                          months
                          17Mb
                          up to
                          40GB
                          usage limit
                          6
                          months
                          See DealMore
                          0800 380 0064
                          Direct Save Telecom
                          • 17Mb broadband & calls
                          • 20GB monthly usage
                          • No long term contract
                          • 17Mb broadband & calls
                          • 20GB monthly usage
                          • No long term contract
                          Direct Save Telecom
                          • 17Mb broadband & calls
                          • 20GB monthly usage
                          • No long term contract
                          17Mb
                          up to
                          20GB
                          usage limit
                          1
                          month
                          17Mb
                          up to
                          20GB
                          usage limit
                          1
                          month
                          See DealMore
                          0800 380 0064
                          TenTel
                          • Up to 17Mb unlimited broadband
                          • No calls included, pay for what you use
                          • Short 1 month contract
                            • Up to 17Mb unlimited broadband
                            • No calls included, pay for what you use
                            • Short 1 month contract
                              TenTel
                              • Up to 17Mb unlimited broadband
                              • No calls included, pay for what you use
                              • Short 1 month contract
                                17Mb
                                up to
                                Unlimited
                                truly unlimited
                                1
                                month
                                17Mb
                                up to
                                Unlimited
                                truly unlimited
                                1
                                month
                                See DealMore
                                0800 380 0064
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                                What you need to know

                                • Prices last checked and verified 22nd July 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.

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