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Broadband type
Fixed-line broadband is available either as standard (ADSL) broadband, or fibre optic. Fibre optic broadband is much faster and more reliable, but it isn’t available everywhere and can cost more
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The amount you download determines the broadband package you should get. To keep things simple, we ask if you would like to see packages which are unlimited. These packages are ideal for users who are online for several hours during the day, or use the internet extensively for entertainment - like downloading movies and TV, streaming entertainment, or playing games. They are also good for large households where several people go online at the same time. If that sounds like you, pick ‘Just unlimited’.
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Your broadband speed determines how fast web pages load, files are downloaded, the time streaming video takes to buffer, and more. For a big household, or one where you stream lots of video or play games, a fast speed is recommended
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Broadband for a student house

Student life wouldn't be complete without the internet, so you’ll want to sort out your broadband as soon as you've found a place to live. Split between you and your housemates, and with ‘term time’ deals for students available in the summer, it can be cheap and easy to get your uni house connected…

Video: Tips for choosing a student broadband package

Choosing a student broadband deal

Your parents might disagree – mainly because they managed perfectly well without the internet “in their day” - but broadband is a utility these days, like water or electricity, not a luxury. There’s a ton of providers and packages to choose from. Some aren’t as suitable for student life as others, with certain providers offering student-specific packages in the summer months. To help you get started, here’re the four main things you need to bear in mind when comparing broadband for students…

  • Speed - To make sure there’s plenty of bandwidth to go around - remember, you’ll all be sharing one connection - you’re probably best plumping for superfast fibre optic broadband.

  • Usage - Stick to unlimited broadband, as there’ll be no mum or dad keeping an eye on how much anyone’s downloading or streaming. Cheap broadband deals deals with a usage limit could mean you end up costing you more.

  • Contract length - Some providers do broadband especially for uni students, which is subject to a nine-month contract instead of the usual 12, 18 or 24-month contract, so you won’t have to pay for it if over the summer.

  • TV Channels - Want to watch TV with your housemates? Bundling broadband with TV’s the best way to get more channels and value for money. BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media all do broadband and TV deals

For more help picking the best student broadband deal, check out our complete guide.

Student broadband providers

The provider you pick matters less than what you actually get for your money. Remember, you’ll all share a connection - so you’ll need a lot of speed to keep everyone happy when they’re using it at the same time. It’s also a good idea to ignore any packages with a usage limit, as the chances of a house with several people online not exceeding it are slim. A good place to start is with BT and Virgin Media, as both offer student broadband deals on a nine-month ‘term time’ contract…

  • BT - The UK’s biggest broadband and phone provider offers BT Infinity, with download speeds of up to 76Mb, on a nine-month contract. You need an active phone line to get it, which means paying line rental, and there are deals that include TV as well.

  • Virgin Media -You don’t need a phone line to get Virgin Media broadband, which offers the fastest widely available download speeds - up to 200Mb - in the UK, and you can get it, and TV, on a nine-month contract.

Mobile phones and 4G for students

If you’re going to uni and want to upgrade your phone for the start of term, you should check out our mobile deals. If you don’t fancy sharing a broadband connection, you could actually just use your mobile internet instead. For the best speeds, you’ll need 4G - now available in most UK cities with a university - but you’ll also need a generous data limit to avoid racking up extra charges for exceeding your allowance.

FAQ

  1. Which broadband provider’s the best?
    There’s no straightforward answer to this one, as the broadband provider that’s best for you might not be the right choice for everyone. It depends on your budget, what’s available where you live, and how much you want from your broadband package. For example, if you’re bundling with TV, Sky has the biggest range of channels overall and because it’s delivered by satellite you can get Sky TV just about anywhere. However, Sky is one of the more expensive broadband providers, so it isn’t right for everyone’s budget. When you’re thinking of switching, take the time to weigh up the costs and benefits of all the packages available.
  2. Why do I have to pay line rental?
    Even if you never use your home phone to make calls, you still need a phone line to receive your broadband connection. This is true of virtually all broadband providers, so paying line rental is pretty much unavoidable. Virgin Media is the only widely available broadband you can get without taking a phone line as well.
  3. Can I get broadband without a phone line?
    Cable giant Virgin Media is the only major UK provider to offer broadband without a telephone line. Its fibre optic network is completely separate from the copper phone wire network that ordinarily connects you to the web. Aside from this, the only alternative is to use mobile broadband instead - then you have no requirement for a landline. But, if your internet use is anything other than particularly light, this might just prove to be too slow or too restrictive to need your needs. If these aren’t an option, then finding a provider with a low line rental charge might be your best bet.
  4. How do I get fibre broadband?

    Exactly the same way you'd get regular broadband. Put your postcode into our comparison tool to see what’s available where you live. You’ll need an active phone line for the majority of fibre services, such as BT Infinity, as they’re delivered through that.

    The main exception is Virgin Media, which doesn't require a phone line because it uses a separate network. Once you've found a package that ticks all the boxes, click through to the provider’s website and sign up. Then it won’t be long before you’re all set up.

  5. Will bundling save me money?

    The great thing about bundling your services i.e. getting two or more of your home communications services from the same provider, is that it can potentially make your life both easier AND cheaper. Certain bundles can mean savings of up to a few hundred pounds when compared with certain separate deals. Plus, you will only have to deal with one supplier rather than getting two or three separate bills each month, and even worse, having to contact several different call centres if you have problems with your services.

    However, think carefully before you bundle. If you don’t plan on using one of the services then unless having it is cheaper than not, it’s not worth getting.