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As the college year starts in earnest, broadband providers are sweetening their student-focused deals across the board with the introduction of more flexible contracts and keen price points.

Find & compare the best student broadband deals here: Student Broadband Deals

Heading the charge is Virgin Media. This week, it has introduced nine month contracts across its home broadband and phone bundles, so that students do not have to pay for Virgin Media services during the summer holidays. To qualify for the offer, undergraduates will need to prove they are an NUS holder and must sign up before October 31st.

Prices start at £20 per month, which entitles takers to the “L’ package. This provides an impressively fast broadband connection of up to 20Mb, unlimited monthly downloads as well as free internet security and a free Virgin Media Hub wireless router.

The phone facet of this product offers unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles, provided subscribers also take a Virgin phone line.

Also available over nine months is the XL bundle, which offers a headline fibre optic broadband speed of up to 20Mb, unlimited downloads and the same inclusive phone calls and extras as the 'L' product.

Ordinarily priced £20 per month, students who sign up for the XL option now will pay a monthly rate of £10 for the first two months, as part of a limited-period promotion conditional on also taking a Virgin phone line.

Student-friendly deals are also currently available from O2. To attract the student market and make their deals more flexible, the broadband supplier has just introduced one month contracts for the first time.

These apply to its recently revamped Basics, All-Rounder and The Works products and allow takers to cancel their contract at any time with no financial penalty. Prices start at £13 per month or as little as £8 per month for O2 mobile phone customers.

O2 and Virgin Media’s revamped products sit alongside deals with student appeal from Plusnet and TalkTalk. The former is likely to find favour because Plusnet allows customers to leave at any time with only ten days notice, on the condition that they pay upfront for a router and pay a £25 connection charge.

Meanwhile, TalkTalk’s promotion on its entry level Essentials broadband and home phone package, although not specifically aimed at undergrads, stands out for its cheap price point. For a limited period, all subscribers get free broadband for the first six months of their contract. Thereafter Essentials is priced at a still very reasonable £6.99 per month.

Find & compare the best student broadband deals here: Student Broadband Deals

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