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Student broadband deals

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Please note: Broadband providers may increase monthly prices in line with the retail or consumer price index each year during the length of your contract. Please refer to individual broadband provider's terms and conditions before signing up.

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If you shared information on how much you pay for your broadband, your results will highlight deals with an annual saving of £5 or more. Annual savings show what you could save in the first 12 months. Your savings are the difference between the annual cost you entered for your current deal and the deal you could switch to. The annual savings amount does not include:
  • setup costs or one-off payments
  • vouchers, bill credit or other goods
  • annual price increases

*The "average" speed displayed in Mb represents the speed available to 50% of customers with this product during peak time (between 8pm and 10pm). The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up — this may differ from the average speed displayed on our table.

The deals available at your postcode are subject to local availability. The provider will confirm availability for your line.

We aim to take the strain out of broadband comparison. Good broadband deals aren't just about the price, it's also about what's included in the product, the speeds offered and any extra incentives providers are offering. To balance all of these, we have developed a ranking formula that takes into account deals that are proving to be popular with our customers, that are competitive in the market and have a smooth buying process.

If you prefer, you can sort deals by monthly cost, speed or contract length. You can also choose to show costs as monthly or full contract, which lets you see the total spend over the contract period, including any setup costs.

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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.

Choosing a student broadband package — what are our best student broadband deals in May 2023?

  • Price: Always a major factor in a student broadband purchase. For more cheap deals, see our cheap broadband page. But remember, you often get what you pay for: The best broadband deals aren't always the ones with the lowest monthly rate.
  • Contract length: Don't get tied down for longer than you need to.
  • Download allowance: Do you just want to browse Facebook and check e-mail? Or are you a heavy downloader who watches films or plays online games? For the latter, see our fibre broadband deals page.
  • Flexibility: No student likes to be tied down by their broadband connection. Wireless and mobile broadband packages are ideal for students who mainly connect to the internet on laptops. See our mobile broadband and wireless broadband pages.

Student mobile broadband

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.

Free iPad deals

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