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Virgin Media and BT have both introduced fresh 9-month contracts tailored specifically to the student market.

The companies have decided to update their offerings in time for the new academic year, which will see a large number of students begin their university or college careers for the first time, or return from the summer break.

While pricing is an important part of creating a student deal, the length of nine months has proven attractive to many students in the past, who require a service that offers greater flexibility than traditional consumer bundles.

In terms of the details, Virgin's updated offering brings three possible bundles to the table, all of which offer unlimited usage for customers.

These standalone packages include 50Mbps (£32 per month), 100Mbps (£37) and 152Mbps (£44.50).

All are free to install and the SuperHub wireless router is also included.

However, the main drawback with the provider's offering is that only 44% of the country, mostly in urban areas, will be able to have access, given the company's status as cable operator.

In contrast, a majority of the United Kingdom will be able to access BT's student deals, although unlike Virgin customers will still have to pay separately for their phone and line rental.

BT's download speeds cannot match the top connection from Virgin, although upload speeds on their fibre Infinity service can reach speeds of up to 19.5Mbps.

Customers signing up to BT's service can also enjoy the sweetener of free BT Sport Lite TV, from an extra £5 a month.

The two BT student packages include its Unlimited Broadband deal, which boasts no usage cap and download speeds of 17Mbps at £12.50 a month with line rental.

Alternatively, the Unlimited Infinity 2 deal offers no usage cap and download speeds of 76Mbps for £22.50 a month plus line rental.

One caveat with the BT deal is that customers need to provide a university or college email address, making the process a little more complicated when compared to some other consumer deals.

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