Broadband Guide for Students
Arranging broadband as a student can be confusing, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for! However, we have put together this broadband guide for students to make sorting out your broadband much simpler!
Broadband speed is probably the most important factor for students to consider when looking at broadband providers. The lower the Mpbs the slower the WiFi will be and there is nothing worse than slow Wi-Fi especially during the exam season.
The cheapest broadband packages offer between 10-20 Mpbs, even though this is more affordable the Wi-Fi will be a lot slower. If you are a larger group, it is advised that you go for a package with faster Mpbs so the Wi-Fi can handle numerous users.
Get a broadband deal that is as long as your tenancy (12-months), so you don’t have to incur cancellation fees. There are also student-specific 9-month contracts that may be worth looking into. These can be beneficial if you are only in your student house from late September until June.
How much data will you need? Streaming TV /films, online gaming and downloading large files will use lots of data. If this is you then you may want to look into getting an unlimited data package especially if you’re living with a group.
Compare Different Sites and Prices
Go on sites like Compare The Market and Moneysupermarket to make sure you are getting the best deal.
Normally, one tenant will take the lead and set up the broadband on behalf of the whole house which includes oaying for the bill. Its then their housemates responsability to transfer their share of the bill at the end of each month. If you do not trust your housemates you can use Split The Bills and Glide will do this for you.
In addition to the monthly cost, be aware of set up costs, delivery fees and charges for going over your data allowance.
Broad band Packages and Deals
Sometimes broadband providers offer special packages which include discounts, shopping vouchers or frees subscriptions when you purchase one of their broadband packages. It worth looking out for little incentives.
Set it up in Advance
Research, research, research. Also, try and sort it out so that it arrives before you move in if you can. This allows you the freedom to activate your account whenever is suitable for you.
Cancel Your Broadband Before You Move Out
Make sure to contact your provider and cancel your package. Set up a reminder in case you forget. There is normally a notice period and you do not want to be paying for broadband after your tenancy has ended.