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Compare the Best Cheap Student Broadband Deals in 2021

Student Broadband and Student Fibre Deals and Offers - review packages especially designed for students. Get a product that is designed for a year or less and avoid getting tied in to a costly package.


Virgin Media
  • Great Student Specific Broadband Offers
  • 12 month contracts with up to £20 p.m. off standard rates
  • No Set Up Fees on Student Only 30 day rolling contracts
  • Average line speeds up to 516mbs available
  • Packages ideal for student houses of all sizes
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www.virginmedia.com

BT Broadband for Students
  • Student focused packages offering good flexibility
  • 9 or 12 month contracts available
  • Average Download Speeds up to 67Mbps available
  • Broadband Unlimited and Superfast Fibre packages on student friendly terms
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www.bt.com/broadband

Hyperoptic
  • Fantastic speeds up to 1GB mps available
  • The 30 day rolling contracts make this a very flexible option available
  • Might appeal to larger city centre student homes
  • Fairly limited coverage currently - check your postcode as a first step to avoid wasting any time if they cannot supply you
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www.hyperoptic.com/broadband

TalkTalk
  • Talk Talk no longer offer Student Specific Packages, and generally lacks the flexibility offered elsewhere
  • The 18 month minimum term means its only a credible option if you are on a smaller student house and know you will be there two years.
  • No Price Increase promise over contract term
  • For the latest TalkTalk Broadband offers, visit their site below
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www.talktalk.co.uk

Sky
  • No Student focused packages, min contract lengths of 18 months
  • Slow download speeds bearing in mind the cost
  • Fastest download speeds only offered in around 15% of homes
  • Not recommended unless you are staying in your let for over 18 months
  • An overall TV and Broadband package rather than purely broadband
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www.sky.com/broadband

Find a Student Broadband or Fibre Deal Right for You

Broadband Providers have developed special products for Students - but depending on your circumstances you might find a standard offer is better for you. We compare the leading suppliers of both standard broadband and fibre optic packages allowing you to quickly identify the one best suited you your needs.

Please be aware that many student only packages are only available in the run up to the start of the academic year - so at other times we display standard packages which can be arranged at any time.

Compare Student Broadband Package

We list below the leading student broadband companies and discuss special products they have for students, or ones that might provide the flexibility students need.

We have listed the suppliers according to the cost over 9 months, but also display the cost for 12 and 24 month periods. This allows you to find the best package for your student home.

CompanyProductAverage SpeedSpecial OfferMonthly Cost9 Month Cost12 Month Cost24 Month CostContract LengthMore Info
Hyperoptic50Mb Fibre Connection - Monthly Contract50 MbpsFree installation and router£26£263£341£65330 daysFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
Short term contract so prices can rise with 30 days notice

BTStudent Exclusive - Superfast Fibre Essential36Mbps£27.99£291.90£375.87£711.759 monthsFind out more...

The monthly price for your broadband plan will increase each year from March 2022 by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%.
All prices shown are in contract prices. Prices after 9 months increase by £8, if you don't recontract.

Hyperoptic50Mb Fibre Connection - 12 month contract50 MbpsFree installation and router£22£293£293£59312 monthsFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
This is a 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
After 12 months the monthly price rises to £25 pm

Hyperoptic150Mb Fibre Connection - Monthly Contract150 MbpsFree installation and router£32£317£413£79730 daysFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
Short term contract so prices can rise with 30 days notice

BTStudent Exclusive - Superfast Fibre 150Mbps£31.99£317.90£413.87£797.759 monthsFind out more...

The monthly price for your broadband plan will increase each year from March 2022 by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%.
All prices shown are in contract prices. Prices after 9 months increase by £8, if you don't recontract.

BTStudent Exclusive - Superfast Fibre 2 67Mbps£33.99£335.90£437.87£845.759 monthsFind out more...

The monthly price for your broadband plan will increase each year from March 2022 by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%.
All prices shown are in contract prices. Prices after 9 months increase by £8, if you don't recontract.

BTStudent Exclusive - Superfast Fibre Essential36Mbps£24.99£339.87£339.87£639.7512 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The monthly price for your broadband plan will increase each year from March 2022 by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%.
All prices shown are in contract prices. Prices after 12 months increase by £8, if you don't recontract.

VirginM200 - 30 day contract213MbpsStudent Exclusive - No Set Up Fees£39£351£468£106830 daysFind out more...

This is a 30 day contract - so you can cancel at short notice - however this does mean that prices can rise as well.
The price increases to £50 after 12 months - so if you plan to stay in your house for more than a year check out your options after 11 months, as taking a new 12 month contract might be cheaper.

VirginM100108Mbps£27£359£359£68312 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The price can rise after 12 months, but you are then on a 30 day contract so can move again or recontract at that time.

Hyperoptic150Mb Fibre Connection - 12 month Contract150 MbpsFree installation and router£29£377£377£79712 monthsFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
This is a 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
After 12 months the monthly price rises to £35 pm

VirginM200213Mbps£32£384£384£76812 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The price can rise after 12 months, but you are then on a 30 day contract so can move again or recontract at that time.

BTStudent Exclusive - Superfast Fibre 150Mbps£29.99£389.87£389.87£749.7512 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The monthly price for your broadband plan will increase each year from March 2022 by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%.
All prices shown are in contract prices. Prices after 12 months increase by £8, if you don't recontract.

VirginM350 - 30 day contract362MbpsStudent Exclusive - No Set Up Fees£44£396£528£105630 daysFind out more...

This is a 30 day contract - so you can cancel at short notice - however this does mean that prices can rise as well.
The price increases to £56 after 12 months - so if you plan to stay in your house for more than a year check out your options after 11 months, as taking a new 12 month contract might be cheaper.

Hyperoptic500Mb Fibre Connection - Monthly Contract500 MbpsFree installation and router£42£407£533£103730 daysFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
Short term contract so prices can rise with 30 days notice

BTStudent Exclusive - Superfast Fibre 267Mbps£31.99£413.87£413.87£797.7512 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The monthly price for your broadband plan will increase each year from March 2022 by the rate of inflation plus 3.9% All prices shown are in contract prices. Prices after 12 months increase by £8, if you don't recontract.

TalkTalkFibre 3538Mbps£23.00£414£414£55218 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay any remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
A 30-day Great Connection Guarantee, so if your student household is not happy with the TalkTalk Fibre connection, you can switch providers without penalty.

Hyperoptic500Mb Fibre Connection - 12 month contract500 MbpsFree installation and router£35£420£420£102012 monthsFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
This is a 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
After 12 months the monthly price rises to £50 pm

VirginM500 - 30 day contract516MbpsStudent Exclusive - No Set Up Fees£49£441£588£133230 daysFind out more...

This is a 30 day contract - so you can cancel at short notice - however this does mean that prices can rise as well.
The price increases to £62 after 12 months - so if you plan to stay in your house for more than a year check out your options after 11 months, as taking a new 12 month contract might be cheaper.

TalkTalkFibre 6567Mbps£25.00£450£450£60018 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay any remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
A 30-day Great Connection Guarantee, so if your student household is not happy with the TalkTalk Fibre connection, you can switch providers without penalty.

VirginM350362Mbps£37£479£479£92312 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The prices rises to £56 p.m. after 12 months which is reflected in the 24 month prices.

Hyperoptic1Gb Fibre Connection - Annual Contract900 MbpsFree installation and router£40£480£480£120012 monthsFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
This is a 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
After 12 months the monthly price rises to £60 pm

Hyperoptic1Gb Fibre Connection - Monthly Contract900 MbpsFree installation and router£52£497£653£127730 daysFind out more...

Limited coverage - check whether you are in an supply area before considering further.
Prices can rise with 30 days notice

SkySky Broadband Superfast59Mbps£28£523.95£523.95£721.9518 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
After 18 months the monthly cost rises to £33 p.m.

VirginM500516Mbps£42£539£539£104312 monthsFind out more...

This is an 12 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 month costs reflect this situation.
The price can rise after 12 months, but you are then on a 30 day contract so can move again or recontract at that time.

TalkTalkFibre 150145Mbps£29.95£539.10£539.10£718.8018 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay any remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
A 30-day Great Connection Guarantee, so if your student household is not happy with the TalkTalk Fibre connection, you can switch providers without penalty.

TalkTalkFibre 150 Data Only147MbpsExpert Install Included£32£576£576£76818 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay any remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
Full Fibre to your student home - no phone line just broadband
A 30-day Great Connection Guarantee, so if your student household is not happy with the TalkTalk Fibre connection, you can switch providers without penalty.

SkySky Broadband Ultrafast145Mbps£35£649.95£649.95£889.9518 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
After 18 months the monthly cost rises to £40 p.m.

SkySky Broadband Ultrafast Plus500Mbps£45£829.95£829.95£1129.9518 monthsFind out more...

This is an 18 month contract - so cancelling early will result in you having to pay the remaining amount on cancellation. The 9 and 12 month costs reflect this situation.
After 18 months the monthly cost rises to £50 p.m.
Ultrafast Plus is currently available to 15.7% of UK Homes.

What to consider before ordering a Student Broadband package

How long will you be in your student accommodation?

Most broadband packages have minimum contract terms. Generally the longer they are the cheaper they get - but it's really ideal to find one which allows you to walk away when you plan to leave the property.

We display above the costs over a variety of time periods - as, even if you are planning to stay in your property for only a year, it can be cheaper to get an 18 month contract. Do remember though, if you plan to go down that route, there will be a large bill to pay when you leave - so consider how you will fund that - otherwise the account holder could face a struggle in getting the last payment from housemates after they have left the property.

What download speed do I need?

It's worth an honest discussion here - if you are in a house full of gamers or high definition NetFlix fans you will clearly need more capacity than a home full of FaceBookers.

Whichever way you go, make sure you have unlimited bandwidth - the idea of being unable to send a critical essay as a housemate has swallowed your allowance downloading Game of Thrones is not worth thinking about!

When it comes to speed consider...

How many people are in your house?

A standard (non-fibre) package may well be perfectly fine in a house with up to three of you. As there is more competition in this market, prices tend to be the lowest - so you could be best off going down this route. If there are more than three of you, you will probably want a higher speed line.

Remember that the download speeds are average too - So at peak times (which may well be when you want to use the internet) speeds are likely to be slower - and at 6 a.m. faster!

What will you be using the internet for?

This is just like picking the right mobile phone package - if you are a heavy video or music streamer you will need more than if it's just web browsing you use the net for. For instance you need 2Mbps per device watching standard definition TV through BBC iPlayer (3 Mbps for HD).

What is best - Fibre Optic or Standard Broadband?

Fibre optic tends to be best for households with 4 or more in, or wanting really fast download speeds. This assumes that fibre is an option in your house - it still isn't everywhere. This options tends to have better reliability.

Broadband, TV and Telephone Packages

All the main providers offer packages which include TV packages. Again worth a discussion as to whether you want to add this to your broadband or fibre agreement. Phones, given the popularity of mobiles, are less critical.

Wireless or Wired

No discussion here - wireless is a must have. Consider, though, whether you will also need booster units - which may be essential in larger homes, to reach every corner of the property. Some providers offer these options either free of charge or as an optional extra. Well worth it in older houses with thicker walls.

Mobile Dongle or Tethering?

Once a mobile dongle was a great back up in case the broadband went down - however, now most mobile contracts allow tethering which is a great backup - so probably a mobile dongle is an unnecessary expense.

At the end of the day it's worth remembering that your broadband connection is likely to be one of the most important connections in your student house - so taking a little time out before you buy is always time well spent!

This content was last reviewed on 10/08/2021