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Students heading away to university for the first time this autumn - or returning to continue with their degree - have the chance to save money on super-fast broadband.

Virgin Media is giving students the chance to take out nine-month broadband deals, meaning they only need to pay for internet services for the months they are at university.

Signing up for a Virgin Media student broadband deal for the start of the 2014-15 academic year means there is no need to keep paying next summer once term ends.

New subscribers can take out broadband on its own, or with home phone and/or TV services as part of a Virgin Media bundle.

The entry-level standalone broadband package is Virgin Media 50Mb broadband, which is priced at £26.50 per month over a nine-month contract,

Customers are liable to pay a one-off connection fee of £49.95; however, they receive a free Super Hub wireless router.

Virgin Media Up to 100Mb broadband costs £31.50 per month with the same terms and conditions, while the top-tier package - Up to 152Mb broadband - is priced at £39 per month.

For students seeking broadband, TV and home phone services, the entry-level bundle costs £25.50 per month plus line rental over a nine-month contract.

The broadband package offers up to 50Mb download speeds, unlimited data, weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers, a free Super Hub wireless router and V HD Box.

Subscribers can access more than 130 TV channels, 11 of which are in high definition.

The same deal is available with 152Mb download speeds for £38.25 per month plus line rental, over the course of a nine-month contract.

When next summer arrives, subscribers will have the option of cancelling their broadband deal.

However, if they decide to stay on in their student house for June, July and August, they can simply allow the contract to continue.

To cancel a student broadband deal, customers need to give Virgin Media 30 days' notice.

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