Although your parents may try to convince you that all they took to university was a knapsack and a packet of biscuits and that they got along just fine, times have changed. Broadband has become an essential utility for students in this day and age and might just be the best study aid there is.
Facebook and e-mail access is non-negotiable, and the ability to do research quickly online is also a must. That means that a high-performance, best value student broadband deal is more important than ever before.
Universities are also operating more and more on the internet, sending out vital e-mails, leaving important posts on their website, uploading notes and course content, and even taking assessments online. And don’t forget those websites that are essential to nailing that all-important essay.
In fact, even without taking the work aspect into consideration, the internet is a crucial and affordable way to stay in touch with family and friends.
This page has all the information you need to compare our best broadband deals for students and find the right provider for your needs.
Think carefully about your budget and what you need from a broadband package, and then try to choose appropriately.
If you plan on going back to your parents' during the summer hols, you might want to look at mobile broadband deals. Most fixed-line broadband is offered in yearly contracts, so if you're living in student accommodation, you're stuck paying for a service you're not using for a few months.
Mobile broadband allows you to take your internet contract with you wherever you are, meaning you're not wasting money on something you can't even access.
Compare all mobile broadband packages and deals here.
iPads are brilliant for note-taking, reading up on course books and keeping on top of your social life — all of which make them a perfect student accessory.
Pick up an iPad on a contract deal and you'll get a monthly usage allowance, and you'll be able to spread the cost of the device across monthly payments instead of one lump sum.
Check out iPad deals here: iPad deals
Free tech goodies from BT and Virgin Media and one of the UK's cheapest broadband offers are among our best deals of the week.
As of April 1st, broadband and phone customers are entitled to automatically receive compensation for issues with their service.
Sky TV and broadband users can expect to see their bills increase Monday as a range of price increases come into effect.
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