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The best student broadband deals 2019: land a cheap internet offer for university

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The student term has now began. You've secured all of the plates, cutlery and general kitchen equipment you could ever need, made awkward conversation with your housemates and now, it is time to sort your student broadband deals.

And of course, a decent (and affordable) internet package is absolutely crucial. Finding student broadband deals that offer great speeds at acceptable prices will set you up perfectly for the year.

With offers from the likes of BT, Virgin and Now, there is plenty of choice to go with. And, whether you need a 9-month contract, cheap bills or super fast speeds, there will be a student broadband deal for you.

Below, we've picked out a selection of the best broadband packages for students, from a range of providers. We've also included a comparison of all of the options available and a few crucial questions to consider.

Student broadband deals

1. The cheapest broadband currently available

Onestream Flow Unlimited Broadband | 12 month contract | 11Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | £9.99 upfront | £16.99 per month
Save your student loan with this incredibly cheap offer for the things in life that matter, 2-for-1 Dominos offers and a steady diet of pasta. It drops monthly bills of just £16.99, making it the UK's cheapest option. However, considering it is an ADSL package, you will only get speeds of 11Mb, making not the most ideal option for big households.
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2. The best student broadband deal from BT

BT Superfast Fibre | 12 months | Avg. speed 50Mb | Weekend calls | £9.99 delivery | £29.99pm
It's fast, it's reliable and it's from a name you actually know. Going with BT will cost you monthly bills of £29.99 making it one of the more expensive offers. But with speeds averaging 50Mb, it offers some stellar value.
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BT Superfast Fibre | 9 months | Avg. speed 50Mb | Weekend calls | £9.99 delivery | £31.99pm + £20 Deliveroo voucher
12 months just a little bit too long to be in a contract? You can cut your contract length with BT down to 9 months with a major caveats: you'll be paying slightly more. While this is the overall cheaper option we would still recommend the above offer over this.
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3. 30 day rolling contracts with Virgin

Virgin Media M200 | 30 day rolling contract | 213Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | FREE set-up | £47 per month
There's a special student phenomenon that doesn't seem to happen anywhere else - houses with 8+ people in them. You don't want to leave any of your mates out and why should you! But with all of those people, you need some lightning fast speeds. Virgin is one of the few that offers special student broadband, packing in average speeds of 213Mb. The even better news, it is a 1-month rolling contract so you can leave whenever you want. Upgrade to Virgin's even faster package for an additional £5 a month.
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Virgin Media M50 | 12 month contract | 54Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £35 set-up | £28 per month
While the mega speeds and short contract lengths above are an absolute blessing for big households, the price points are pretty steep. Luckily, Virgin also has a cheaper package, coming in at £28 a month. It drops average speeds of 54Mb, still giving plenty of speed for most smaller households. The contract length does jump back up to 12 months here though, so if you want to avoid paying over the summer, consult the above option. Or, upgrade to speeds of 108Mb for an additional £5 a month.
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4. 9 month contracts for student broadband

Onestream Lite Fibre Unlimited Broadband | 9 month contract | 17Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | £9.99 upfront | £18.99 per month
Trying to get your broadband deal to line up with your terms can be a real challenge. This offer from Onestream only ties you in for 9 month so you don't have to waste your money over the summer holidays. Coming in at a price of £18.99 it isn't too expensive either. The only issue, while this is classed as fibre it falls between ADSL and fibre in speeds, not super fast but also not too slow.
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5. Broadband and TV deals at a bargain price tag

Now Brilliant Broadband + Sky Entertainment Pass | 12 months | 11Mb avg. speed | FREE upfront | £23.99 per month
With all of that new found spare time spent 'preparing for exams' you'll probably also want some entertainment with your internet. Luckily, Now offers some excellent price points. With standard ADSL internet and a tonne of great premium channels (Sky Atlantic being the key one) and over 300 box sets, Now is bringing the binge sessions to you. It's also only £7 a month more if you want fibre, too.
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6. Bargain fibre broadband deals for students

Post Office Fibre Broadband | 12 months | Avg speeds 35Mb | Line rental incl. | £10 activation | £22.90pm
Fast speeds and affordable pricing are key when it comes to student broadband deals and no deal does it better than this one. Coming from Post Office, you're getting fibre speeds of 35Mb for not much more than £20/pm, making it the best value 12 month fibre broadband offer by a good few miles.View Deal

7. 4G home broadband for students

Three Home Broadband with Huawei AI Cube | 12-month contract | Unlimited data | £27 a month | £49 upfront
Slightly different to all of the options above, this deal from Three provides 4G home broadband exclusively discounted for students. That means there is no installation fees and you can move your broadband to anywhere - even the beach if you can find a plug! And it doubles up as a speaker...for some reason. You will be paying £27 a month, a price you can knock down to £20 if you commit to two years.
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See all of today's best broadband deals

Not liking what you're seeing above? Well there's a whole world of other internet offers out there, distilled easily for you in our price comparison below. Our comprehensive best broadband deals hub is also worth a read if you're a bit unsure what you should go for.

What internet speed should I get?

This question starts with one major choice you need to make. Do you go for the slower ADSL option and save a load of cash? Or, do you upgrade to fibre for a bit more and save the frustration of Netflix buffering and Google Sheets struggling to open.

If it's just you or one or two others in the house and none of you are very big internet users, ADSL should suit you fine. You'll save big on your bills but will find it a struggle to all be doing internet draining activities at the same time. For the cheapest ADSL, try Onestream.

For those in bigger households, fibre is likely going to be a crucial investment. If your housemate came strolling in with a giant iMac, chances are your going to be powering through internet.

It's a simple rule of the more people, the faster speeds you go for. Living in a house with 10+ people?  Virgin is essential, same goes for those households full of film students, exporting on the hourly.

For everyone else in-between, most fibre packages will suit you nicely.

Do I need to get a phone line as well?

Not any more. All of the broadband deals we feature include the phone line in the price. So you don't have to worry about faffing around getting that organised as well, or having to budget more for line rental.

What will the length of the contract be?

We're guessing that you'll only want a 12-month contract. Most internet providers - including BT, Sky and TalkTalk - offer annual deals, but 18 month contracts are becoming the more common option.

Are there any contracts under 12 months?

As stated above, the majority of broadband deals come in either 12 month or 18 month formats. However, every so often an ISP will offer a 9 month contract, fitting perfectly into your term times.

Or, there are two providers offering 1-month rolling contracts - Virgin and Hyperoptic. Thanks to its affordable pricing and fast speeds, Hyperoptic is the better option between the two. However, Hyperoptic is only available in roughly 1% of the country so see if you can get it first.

The second option is going with Virgin's student broadband deals. With two 30-day rolling contracts, you can land fast speeds and flexibility. However, unlike Hyperoptic, it doesn't come cheap with Virgin. At £40 a month, you'll want to be in a big household to split those pricey bills.

Still want more options? Then head to our main broadband deals guide for all the best tariffs out there right now.