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.
The cheapest deal is currently from Eir – who have a broadband and phone bundle working out at €399.87 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 €29.99 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 €410 over 12 months . (€30 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)
Pure Telecom . They 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. (Their broadband only option will cost €572 !)
Virgin Media – if it is available in your area – have a short contract option which will suit students. They have a broadband and phone bundle with just a 30 day contract length. Their 240Mb Freedom Broadband and Anytime Mobile bundle includes unlimited broadband data with unlimited anytime calls to Irish mobiles and landlines and 400 call minutes to 22 countries abroad.It costs €59 a month with a €20 activation fee – so over 9 months it works out at €551. More 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 .
Cost over 9 months
||€399.87||12 months||100Mb||Off peak calls to Irish landlines.|
||€410||12 months||100Mb||Off Peak Calls|
|Pure||€420||12 months||1000Mb||Free anytime calls to Irish landlines|
||€551||30 days||240Mb||Free Anytime Calls|
Figures checked January 2019
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