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Set-up Cost
Monthly Cost
Rebel 330 - 1 Month
311Mb avg. speed
1 months
£60 set-up cost
£45.00 p/m per month Fixed price promise
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £45
Set-up Cost: £60
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £50

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Phone

    +£10 for unlimited calls to UK landlines anytime of the day or night.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. Monthly rolling contract. Fixed price promise. £60 set up fee.

Rebel Fibre - 1 Month
74Mb avg. speed
1 months
£60 set-up cost
£35.00 p/m per month Fixed price promise
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £35
Set-up Cost: £60
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £40

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Phone

    +£10 for unlimited calls to UK landlines anytime of the day or night.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. Monthly rolling contract. Fixed price promise. £60 set up fee.

Rebel 115 - 1 Month
109Mb avg. speed
1 months
£60 set-up cost
£35.00 p/m per month Fixed price promise
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £35
Set-up Cost: £60
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £40

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Phone

    +£10 for unlimited calls to UK landlines anytime of the day or night.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. Monthly rolling contract. Fixed price promise. £60 set up fee.

Rebel 1000 - 1 Month
944Mb avg. speed
1 months
£60 set-up cost
£55.00 p/m per month Fixed price promise
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £55
Set-up Cost: £60
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £60

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Phone

    +£10 for unlimited calls to UK landlines anytime of the day or night.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. Monthly rolling contract. Fixed price promise. £60 set up fee.

Onestream Fibre 80 - 12 Months
80Mb avg. speed
12 months
£4.95 set-up cost
£23.50 p/m per month Price may rise during contract
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £23.50
Set-up Cost: £4.95
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £23.91

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. 12 Months reduced price. One month free trial of McAfee, £34.95 per annum thereafter, cancel anytime. Three months free trial of Onestream Assured, £4.95 per month thereafter - cancel anytime. Price may rise during contract.

Onestream Supreme Full Fibre 115 - 12 Months
115Mb avg. speed
12 months
£14.95 set-up cost
£28.45 p/m per month Price may rise during contract
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £28.45
Set-up Cost: £14.95
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £29.70

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. 12 Months reduced price. One month free trial of McAfee, £34.95 per annum thereafter, cancel anytime. Three months free trial of Onestream Assured, £4.95 per month thereafter - cancel anytime. Price may rise during contract.

Onestream Fibre 40 - 12 Months
40Mb avg. speed
12 months
£4.95 set-up cost
£22.50 p/m per month Price may rise during contract
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £22.50
Set-up Cost: £4.95
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £22.91

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. 12 Months reduced price. One month free trial of McAfee, £34.95 per annum thereafter, cancel anytime. Three months free trial of Onestream Assured, £4.95 per month thereafter - cancel anytime. Price may rise during contract.

Onestream Supreme Full Fibre 550 - 12 Months
550Mb avg. speed
12 months
£14.95 set-up cost
£34.95 p/m per month Price may rise during contract
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £34.95
Set-up Cost: £14.95
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £36.20

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. 12 Months reduced price. One month free trial of McAfee, £34.95 per annum thereafter, cancel anytime. Three months free trial of Onestream Assured, £4.95 per month thereafter - cancel anytime. Price may rise during contract.

Rebel Fibre - 12 Month
74Mb avg. speed
12 months
£0 set-up cost
£35.00 p/m per month Fixed price promise
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£40

Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £35
Set-up Cost: £0
Rewards Saving: £40
Effective Monthly Cost: £31.67

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Phone

    +£10 for unlimited calls to UK landlines anytime of the day or night.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. For £40 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card, enter code WIFIREBEL at checkout. Fixed price promise. Free set up.

Onestream Supreme Full Fibre 220 - 12 Months
220Mb avg. speed
12 months
£14.95 set-up cost
£31.95 p/m per month Price may rise during contract
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Pricing calculation:

Monthly Cost: £31.95
Set-up Cost: £14.95
Rewards Saving: £0
Effective Monthly Cost: £33.20

Pricing Calculation

Effective monthly cost = This shows how much you are effectively paying each month over the length of the contract by taking into account rewards savings and one-off fees. The calculation for this is monthly cost x length of contract + setup cost - rewards savings.

Monthly cost = What you'll pay each month. This does not include additional fees, such as phone calls, which may be added to your bill.

Setup cost = The cost of installation, postage for the Wi-Fi router, and any other one-off charges.

Rewards saving = The value of vouchers and other perks included with a deal such as cashback, bill credit or a gift card which you can claim.

  • Extras

    Special offer: New customers only. Online only. 12 Months reduced price. One month free trial of McAfee, £34.95 per annum thereafter, cancel anytime. Three months free trial of Onestream Assured, £4.95 per month thereafter - cancel anytime. Price may rise during contract.

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What's a student broadband deal?

If you're off to Uni or College and don't have the luxury of staying in a well-connected Halls of Residence, you'll need to think about how you're going to stay online.

Because it's not always possible to stay in accommodation for a full year, signing up to a lengthy contract could end up causing hassle. To help with this, some broadband providers offer shorter contracts that fit better within term times. 

Student broadband: the key points

  • Most home broadband contracts now tend to be either 18 or 24-months long.
  • To avoid paying for a service you won't use, 12-month deals or rolling contracts will suit students better.
  • Remember, even with a rolling contract, you'll need to cancel in good time to avoid paying for your service once you've left your student accommodation.

Why should I choose a student broadband deal over home broadband?

Most home broadband contracts have a minimum contract term of 12, 18, or 24 months. This can be a problem if you're a student who won’t be staying in the same place all year. If you cancel early, it's likely you'll be charged additional fees. This obviously isn't great if you're budgeting your student loan.

Which broadband providers offer student deals and when?

Dedicated student broadband deals aren't too common. They’re only offered by a few providers and for a limited time. Usually around the summer when it’s most likely people will be looking for a student broadband deal to start in September.

To see what's available in your area for shorter contracts, enter your address or postcode into our deals checker.

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When student deals aren’t available, our comparison table will display other packages we think students may find helpful.

What should I consider when comparing student broadband deals?

Pay close attention to the contract length. You'll also need to work out what speed you need.

A student broadband contract will often only be 9 months compared to the usual 12 months - that's the length of an academic year, but these deals are becoming rarer. If you’re going to be renting your place over the summer too, you might want to opt for a 12-month contract. For more help with this, read our guide to broadband in a rented home.

If you're in a shared house, you'll need to bear in mind how many of you will be going online, and the tasks you'll be carrying out. 

Now you know what to look out for, let’s talk about which providers offer student broadband deals.

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What broadband speed do I need?

If you’re sharing broadband with multiple people, you’ll ideally want to look into fibre broadband. It’ll allow for faster download speeds, even if a few of your housemates are online at the same time.

The minimum download speed we suggest is 36Mb. But if you and your housemates will be doing a lot of online gaming or streaming HD content, you’ll want more. 

For the majority of broadband deals, you won’t find great upload speeds, but that's OK. The download speeds offered should be enough for streaming Netflix, online gaming and general browsing. Upload speeds are more important for users who will be streaming themselves (hosting on Twitch, for example), making video calls and sharing files.

Whether you download or upload a lot, you should still keep any download and usage limits in mind.

For more help with this, you can read our 'easy guide to broadband speeds'

What usage and download limits should I go for?

Most broadband packages now come without usage limits, so you won't have to worry about how much you download and won't be charged for extra data.

Some unlimited services have fair usage policies or traffic management in place, but they won’t affect the majority of users. But it’s important to know about them...just in case!

What are some alternatives to student broadband?

Sadly, it looks as if the Student Broadband 9-month deals are a little thin on the ground in 2024. For this reason, here are your next best alternatives.

  • No-contract broadband
    With a no-contract (or 1-month contract) deal, you’ve got a 30-day agreement with the provider. That means it can be cancelled at any time, without having to pay for more than the remaining month.

    These types of deals only really make sense if you’re sure you’ll need to cancel within 12 months. These contracts tend to be more expensive than most 12-month deals and often have higher set-up fees.
     
  • Short-term contracts
    Short-term contracts have you sign up for a slightly longer period than no contract packages. It’s typically three or six-month terms. Unfortunately, these types of broadband deals are now rare. 
     
  • Broadband with no setup fee
    This isn’t quite an alternative, but a convenient money-saving option. Some deals offer broadband with no upfront fees, which can save you money. You can use the filters on the table above to see these deals.

Can I use mobile broadband instead of student broadband?

With a choice of long and short-term contracts, as well as pay-as-you-go deals, mobile broadband is a very flexible alternative. So it may be an ideal solution for some students. It's also a good option if you don't have a landline or cable connection to your property and your landlord won't let you arrange an installation.

Three's 5G or 4G home broadband deals are available on a rolling monthly basis. You might find its 4G option too slow unless you simply want a service for browsing and email, but its 5G option is very fast (if you can get it) and should serve you and your housemates well. Just be aware that mobile broadband needs access to a strong signal.

Before you sign up, it's important to check out Three's coverage map to make sure you'll be covered. 

For further help, and to discover whether mobile broadband could be suitable for you, read our guide to using mobile broadband at home.

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Can I get student broadband with TV?

Your best choice for a shorter broadband contract with TV bundled in is currently NOW Broadband. These packages are available on a 1-month deal, with flexible TV passes. So you won't be locked into a long contract.

Is student broadband right for me?

Shorter contracts can save students a lot of money. If you end up having to pay for the early cancellation of a longer 18 or 24-month contract, it can end up costing you a small fortune.

If you prefer to stay put over the holidays, the best Wi-Fi deals for students will be the same as any other home broadband user.

If this sounds like you, a long-term unlimited broadband contract is the best value option. You’ll get the best deals when signing up.

Perks such as free setup, free equipment and perhaps a few months of free or half-price broadband. You might even find some good reward deals.

FAQs about student broadband

  • Do students get a discount on broadband deals?

    Students sometimes get discount on broadband deals. But it's more likely providers will offer discounts or rewards across a whole range of packages - regardless of whether you’re taking out a student deal. It’s always worth checking back in at Broadband Genie to try to find the best deals.

  • Whose name goes on the bill and who pays?

    This is a decision you'll have to come to a household. Remember, this person will be responsible for making sure the bill is paid on time, and they'll also have to cough up for any set-up fees. A bill-splitting app, like Acasa or online banking features for requesting money (i.e Monzo's split billing) can be the easiest way to get around this.

  • Does student broadband include a Wi-Fi router?

    Almost every broadband deal will include a free Wi-Fi router. If it’s not free, the one-off charges shouldn't be too high. You will normally need to return this device at the end of your contract, though. There's also a charge for damaged or lost routers.

    You may also be able to use your own Wi-Fi router, but check with the provider in advance, as this isn’t always permitted. Bear in mind if you use this, you may not have access to tech support if something goes wrong.

  • Do I need to pass a credit check for student broadband?

    Most broadband packages require you to pass a credit check. This isn't as strict as applying for a loan or credit card, but if you don't have a great credit score, some providers may refuse you. If you're worried about this, you'll need to look at broadband deals without a credit check.

  • How long does broadband installation take?

    Broadband installation usually takes two weeks. This includes all the little administration bits. This means you’ll probably need access to your student accommodation before term starts if you want to be up and running on day one. Make sure to arrange that with the university, or your landlord.

    The actual installation shouldn’t take more than a few hours. If your property has already been connected to the BT or Virgin networks (depending on which you’re signing up to) it’ll just be switching it back on. If the property hasn't been connected before, there may need to be a little bit more work involved. Make sure you get approval from your landlord before carrying out any new installations.

Expert Summary

One of the most important things you need to get sorted out before starting university is broadband. Making sure you have a good connection and can get online easily will make a big difference to your studies, and your leisure time.

Most fibre broadband deals now come with unlimited usage. This makes things easier, so you don't have to worry about being charged extra for data. 

The main thing to avoid is signing up to a lengthy 18 or 24-month contract. It might be tempting to be lured into these, thinking you can cancel later, especially as they often have a cheaper monthly price. However, broadband providers take their contract agreement terms very seriously. Cancelling early isn't really ever an option unless there are special circumstances. Early termination fees can end up being expensive.

Sadly, this means you'll probably have to avoid dedicated broadband and TV packages, but there are a few options available. Rolling contract broadband can keep things a little more flexible and give you the freedom to cancel once everyone's left for the end of term. However, these tend to come with a higher set-up cost, which you'll need to cover before you get connected.