Best Broadband Deals for Students

Having  broadband available in a student house is pretty much an essential requirement  – for all that online   gaming …   studying that will be going on.
Most college provided or purpose built student accommodation will usually have broadband included as part of the rental agreement – but for those  who will be living in shared houses what are the best broadband deals for students ?

Most student tenancies will usually last from September to June –  about 9 months. So a long broadband contract is probably not a good idea.  Most broadband contracts are 12 months long and some are 18 months – if you terminate early you may be  liable to pay for the full length of the contract or at least pay an early termination charge.

Broadband Speed and Limits:  With several students in one house you are probably going to need unlimited data and a fairly high speed to cope with all those educational downloads 🙂 . Most students probably don’t bother with a landline – but sometimes a bundle of broadband and phone can work out cheaper.

 Vodafone have a broadband and phone  bundle priced at €420 for the first year . (€25 for the first 6 months then €45 a month) With broadband  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and unlimited calls to Irish  landlines .

Pure Telecom .  have a fibre and phone bundle costing just  €420 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €35 for the first 12 months.  Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12 month contract.

Eir –  have a broadband and phone bundle working out at €459.87 over 12 months . It comes with unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free off peak calls to Irish landlines and mobiles. Eir sport included. (€59.99 a month reduced to €34.99 for the first 12 months) .  You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

 Sky.  have a  12 month contract – working out at  €518 over 12 months . (€39 a month for the first 12 months ). It includes a phone line with free off peak calls too. (just be careful not to use the phone during peak hours)

Virgin Media  – if it is available in your area –  have  “Naked 250” broadband only option that includes unlimited  broadband data  .It costs €59 a month reduced to €44 for the first 6 months. So over 12 months it works out at €618More details and the option to sign up here


Here is a summary of the prices of the cheapest  broadband bundles with speeds of at least “upto” 100Mbs and with unlimited data. Prices include any set up or activation fees.
In these calculations below we have assumed that the total length of the contract must be paid for in full. Some providers will allow early termination – but could charge a fee of between €150 and €300 .

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost over 9 months 
Contract
Length
Max
Speed
Extras
Vodafone
€420 12 months 100Mb Anytimecalls  to Irish landlines.
Eir
€459.87 12 months 100Mb Off peak calls to Irish landlines.
Sky
€618 12 months 100Mb Off Peak Calls
Pure €420 12 months 1000Mb Free anytime calls to Irish landlines
Virgin Media
€551 12 months 240Mb

Figures checked May 2019

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