Student Broadband

Compare the best student broadband packages that offer more freedom. Unlimited broadband works well if you’re in shared accommodation, and short-term contracts mean no nasty exit fees.

Virgin MediaFreedom 250Mb & TV Bundle
245Mb
Speed (average)*
Fibre
Technology
20
Channels
Unlimited
Usage
1 month
Contract
€80p/m
30-day rolling contractcontrol your subscription
* The "Speed (average)" displayed represents the speed available to at least 50% of customers. The "Speed (up to)" displayed represents the speed available to at least 80% of customers. The "Speed (absolute)" displayed represents speed available to customers for the advertised plan. Where a provider has not given an "up to, average speed or absolute" speed, the maximum possible speed for the advertised plan is displayed. Broadband product availability is subject to location.

What types of broadband are available to students?

If you’re studying at college or uni, the chances are you’ll need access to fast, reliable broadband for work and play.

Students have largely the same broadband options as everyone else, but broadband with a short-term contract is likely to be a good option if you’re on a short-term lease.

You can take a look at the different types of broadband connection you can get.

How to compare Student Broadband deals

When you’re comparing student broadband deals, there are lots of things to consider, such as:

  • Price: This is probably the main factor for most broadband customers - but especially cash-strapped students. Take a look at our cheap broadband page for a range of options.
  • Broadband speed: This will need to be decent if you’re hoping to carry out lots of online research for your course, or you’re someone who likes to stream a lot of content. If you want the highest possible available speed, the best option will be fibre-optic broadband, but you’ll need to check out what broadband is available where you live to see what your options are.
  • Contract length: Many broadband contracts are for 12-18 months, which might not work for you if you’re in rented accommodation or on a short-term lease. Remember, if you cancel your contract before the end of the minimum term, it’s likely you’ll have to pay an early exit fee. However, there are some options with 30 day contracts which could suit you better.
  • Download limits: If you plan to download lots of large files, or you live in a household where lots of you stream content, you might want to opt for unlimited broadband to avoid any charges for going over data limits.
  • Flexibility: You’ll need to think about whether you want to have access to broadband while you’re on the move, or you’re happy to just have it home. If you do need to use the internet on the move, mobile broadband could work for you.

How to choose a Student Broadband Package

If you’re living in shared accommodation, you may decide that you and your housemates would like to get TV and/or phone along with your broadband.

If so, you’ll usually save by opting to bundle the services together and getting them from the same provider. Here are your options:

If you’re not sure whether you need TV along with your broadband, you could opt for a streaming subscription for the likes of Netflix or NOW TV, along with a broadband-only plan.

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Eoin Clarke
Last updated on 01/09/2020

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