A student broadband package can be a great way to save money while you are at university.

To get the best deal, think about what you need from your service and how much you can afford to pay. You can use the comparison above to check:

  • Monthly cost: Include line rental and up front costs in your total monthly outgoings. Look out for cheap introductory deals between July and October.

  • Download limit: This restricts how much you use your internet each month, so consider an unlimited plan if you are a heavy user. Learn about data limits here.

  • Speed: This affects how quickly you can access the internet, so pick the fastest broadband you can afford. Check average speeds in your area before you buy.

Choose your contract length

Most student broadband packages give you the option to take out a shorter contract that runs with the academic year.

There are three main options for your broadband contract:

  1. 1.

    A long contract could save you money if you plan on staying in one house for more than a year, with some suppliers offering discount for contracts of 12 months of more.

  2. 2.

    A short contract may be best if you are only in your accommodation for a short period, or if you want the flexibility to switch supplier if a better deal comes along.

  3. 3.

    A rolling monthly contract gives you freedom to cancel your contract with just 30 days' notice, so you could save money by only paying for service during term time.

Student broadband FAQs


Is student broadband different to regular broadband?


No, but you usually get more flexibility with your contract and introductory offers at set times of year.


Do I have to be a student to get student broadband?


Yes and you may be asked for proof of study by your chosen supplier.


Do I need any equipment to get student broadband?


Yes, you need an active phone line and a wireless router. A router is usually provided by the supplier you sign up with but you may be charged.


What is line rental?


It is the monthly amount you pay for an active phone line to your home. It is usually included in the total monthly cost of your broadband.


What is truly unlimited broadband?


It gives you complete freedom to use the internet as much as you like, without restricting your data usage or broadband speed.