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 a minimum of 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.


Student Broadband Best Offers

One Big Switch has a broadband and phone bundle with Vodafone priced at €400 for the first year. It costs €30 a month for the first 4 months then €35 a month for the next 8 months – then €50 a month. The offer comes with , Unlimited broadband, Free installation on all connections and Free unlimited anytime calls to Irish landlines.

You can sign up to apply for the One Big Switch offer here .

 Vodafone has a broadband and phone bundle priced at €420 for the first year. (€35 for the first 12 months then €55 a month) With broadband speeds of up to 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and unlimited calls to Irish landlines.

Pure Telecom .  have a broadband-only offer and phone bundle costing €420 in year one.  The monthly charge is €40, reduced to €35 for the first 12 months.  . Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12-month contract.

Sky Ireland has a broadband-only deal costing €30 a month for the first 12 months – then €55 a month.

Virgin Media  – if it is available in your area –  have  “250” broadband-only option that includes unlimited broadband data  .It costs €63per month (reduced to €48 for first 12 months). So over 12 months, it works out at €606More details and the option to sign up here


Summary

Here is a summary of the prices of the Best Broadband Deals for Students with speeds of at least “up to” 100Mbs and with unlimited data. Prices include any setup 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
One Big Switch€38012 months100MbNo Calls
Vodafone
€42012 months100MbAnytime calls to Irish landlines.
Pure€42012 months1000MbNo calls
Virgin Media
€60612 months240MbNo calls

Figures checked  Dec 2021

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