Best value student broadband 2016

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By in Bills & Utilities, Student Accommodation. Updated September 2016.

Every student needs the Internet for research and watching videos of cats. We’ve done the legwork to get you the best deal possible.

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There are plenty of broadband offers out there, and it can get pretty confusing picking out the best provider for you. It’s important to know what you’re getting, and at what cost before placing your order.

On this page (and across our bills section) we compare the best value deals right now for students with an in-depth look into what you’re really getting for your money.

And unlike other broadband comparisons, we also take into account the hidden set up costs to give you a more transparent overall cost.

Broadband Ranked by Best Value

PackageOfferSpeed / UsageContractMonthly CostLifetime CostWebsite
Sky Broadband
Sky Broadband Unlimited
Free Broadband £100 MasterCard Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 12
months
FREE + £17.40 line rental £218.75 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: FREE
Router: £9.95
Broadband: FREE
Line rental: £208.80
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Virgin Media
Student Broadband
Super-fast fibre optic £50 Amazon Voucher Info & Review
Up to 50Mbps Unlimited 9
months
£34 No line rental £355.95 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £49.95
Router: FREE
Broadband: £306
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Plusnet
Unlimited Broadband + Calls
Free Broadband Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 18
months
FREE + £16.33 line rental* *12 months upfront £299.81 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: FREE
Router: £5.99
Broadband:FREE
Line rental: £293.82
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EE Broadband
Broadband & Weekend Calls
Best 18 month £1 a month Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 18
months
£1 + £15.75 line rental* *12 months upfront £315 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: FREE
Router: £6
Broadband: £120
Line rental: £189
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BT Broadband
Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls
Free BT Sport £75 MasterCard Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 12
months
£7.50 + £17.09 line rental* *12 months upfront £352.03 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
TV activation: £49
Router: £7.95
Broadband: £90
Line rental: £205.08
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TalkTalk
SimplyBroadband
Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 18
months
£3.75 + £17.70 line rental £442.85 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £50
Router: £6.75
Broadband: £67.50
Line rental: £318.60
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11 Responses to “Best value student broadband 2016”

  1. Lucinda

    03. Sep, 2016

    Hi there, I’m living in a house again this year at uni and am looking at broadband deals. We were with virgin last year and at all costs I’d like to avoid using them again. Can anyone recommend any good deals no line rental needed there will be 6 of us.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Owen Burek

      05. Sep, 2016

      Sky are currently our top pick, with free broadband and the cashback card making total average monthly cost under £10.

      Reply
  2. Holly

    12. Jul, 2016

    The article says: “Updated July 2016.”
    But TalkTalk do not offer 12 month contracts. Only 18 month, making them unsuitable for most students.
    Please could you contact TalkTalk for clarification or change your info.
    I have been speaking to the customer service team who say there is nothing they can do.

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    • Jake Butler

      13. Jul, 2016

      Hi Holly, we have secured a link to their 12 month contracts. Please click the offer link on our page to TalkTalk and you will see it clearly states that the contract is 12 months.

      If you are really unsure as to whether TalkTalk will honour this then I suggest taking a screenshot.

      Reply
  3. Paul

    19. Nov, 2015

    you were lucky I called talk talk and told them about the deals on here and they said they could not match them so will not be going with them

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  4. Callum

    05. Sep, 2015

    I would seriously think twice before considering going with EE. We signed up with them at the end of July and 2 ‘guaranteed activation dates’ later, still no broadband. Their customer service is abysmal and their staff seem to have no idea how to do their jobs, I would assume due to lack of proper training on EE’s part. I had sky previously and couldn’t believe how good they were. When I cancelled after 9 months or so there were absolutely no cancellation fees and never had any problems during the contract.

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  5. Kieran Nash

    16. Aug, 2015

    Hi signed for my new student house and a boradband company kept contacting me, called Home Telecom. I cannot remember if I have entered a deal or account with them. We haven’t got broadband installed yet in the house but I am not sure if I have gotten the best deal. Is there a way I could not pursue with Home Telecom, could they charge me or something?

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    • Jake Butler

      16. Aug, 2015

      Hi Kieran, it depends if you have signed a contract with them. Might be worth checking your emails to see if you have had contact with them in the past. If you have signed up it might be worth checking if you can cancel the contract without charge and switch suppliers.

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      • Kieran Nash

        16. Aug, 2015

        Hi Jake.

        I’ve looked through my email and discovered that as the 14-day cancellation period has expired, it would cost a “minimum of £30” to cancel my order. The overall cost is 23/month (for line rental and broadband, alongside a £59 installation fee.
        Having compared this against the offers shown in this article, I don’t believe Home Telecom to be of value. I am now of the belief that my estate agents get a little percentage as it is through them that I got contacted by Home Telecom (however this is just speculation, I have no prove of this).

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        • Jake Butler

          17. Aug, 2015

          If you didn’t personally sign up and there is no mention of the broadband in your contract you will need to get in touch with your landlord about this.

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          • Kieran Nash

            18. Aug, 2015

            I phoned Hone Telecom today to query leaving as I had found cheaper deals (above). I quoted the EE offer to them and they matched the price! Saved a lot of hassle and money! Well chuffed 😊

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