BT is one of the few British internet service providers that offer special broadband deals specifically for students.
For university students, they offer broadband deals with a shorter-term 9 or 12 month contract, instead of a minimum 24 month commitment.
Here are the top three BT student broadband deals:
BT student broadband: an overview
What’s the difference between BT’s regular broadband packages and their student broadband deals?
The student broadband deals:
- Are available on 9 or 12 month contracts rather than having to commit for 24 months.
- Often cost a little bit more per month, because of the shorter commitment.
- Sometimes have a set-up fee, which is often waived for the regular deals (because the contract is longer).
- Often include a free gift.
The deals are the same, apart from the student discount – they offer the same average speeds with unlimited data usage, come with a BT Hub Wi Fi router, and include line rental.
You have to use a university email address to sign up to one of BT’s student broadband deals.
What’s good about BT broadband deals for students
The good thing about BT broadband for students is it’s very widely available. BT own Openreach – the UK’s largest broadband network. Therefore, BT broadband should be available no matter where your uni is located, and where you happen to be living (whether in student accommodation or at a flat near the campus).
The speeds you can get with BT broadband may vary by location. You might not be able to get the ultra-fast plans, depending on your local infrastructure.
However, given most universities are located in urban areas, you should be able to get an average speed of more than 100Mbps with BT superfast fibre, if you want to get the best possible average speeds.
Type your uni accommodation postcode into BT’s website to see what speeds you can get.
What happens at the end of the contract?
At the end of your 9 or 12 month contract, it’s important to note that BT may increase your monthly broadband bill by up to £8.
If you’re going home for the summer, it’s important to cancel your broadband plan immediately, so that you don’t end up paying for broadband you’re not using. Then you can simply start another 9-month contract when you return, unless you graduate.
If you get a 12 month contract and want to keep your broadband connected all year, you need to recommit to a new contract once your current one expires, to avoid the fee increase. Simply go to BT’s website and sign up for another 9 or 12 months to keep your unlimited broadband service for the best possible price.
How do I set up BT student broadband?
In most cases, getting started with BT student broadband is very easy.
Normally, all you need to do is go to their website and sign up. Since BT is with Openreach, it should be easy for them to activate your connection.
Unless you’re an existing Hyperoptic or Virgin Media broadband customer, you won’t even need to contact your previous broadband provider (if you have one) to cancel. Once you pay, BT will activate your broadband for you, and you should be online within two weeks.
If you’re moving to a new place for uni, try to organise your broadband beforehand, to ensure you’re not stuck with no Wi-Fi at home.
Which BT student broadband plan should I go for?
As we discussed above, BT has a range of different unlimited data broadband plans on offer. But which one should you buy?
If you’re living alone, their Fibre Essential or Fibre 1 plans should offer plenty of speed. However, if you’re sharing with flatmates, and multiple people need to be online at once, you may want to consider a faster plan, such as Fibre 100. Then you can split the higher cost with your flatmates to save money while still getting ultrafast broadband.
Apart from the faster average speed, there are other benefits for customers of BT superfast fibre broadband packages. The more you pay per month, the lower the set-up cost, which is nice. Above all, these superfast fibre plans help you avoid videos buffering and lag when gaming, which is really important, especially as a student.
Will I have to pay for phone line rental?
As a student, you are probably less likely than most to use your home phone. You might be wondering if you can save money on broadband by avoiding paying for line rental.
The problem is, you need a phone line to have a broadband connection, even if you have superfast fibre optic broadband with high download speeds. It’s what allows you to get online.
Fortunately, line rental is included in the cost of BT broadband. So you don’t have to worry about paying more for a phone line.
Does BT have any other student discounts?
BT offer pretty nice student discounts on their broadband deals. You can get good download speeds for a decent price, plus unlimited downloads. However, this isn’t the only deal for students BT offers.
You can also get 30GB of mobile data for £15 per month as a student with BT mobile. This is a SIM-only contract, so you’ll need to have a phone already to take advantage of it.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any student discounts available for products such as BT TV and BT Sport.
For students, BT’s broadband deals are some of the best available when compared to other providers. They offer good service, great speeds, and unlimited data, all for a nice price.
The only downside really is the high set-up cost on some of the cheaper broadband plans, however we can understand why BT has done this. They need to send you their BT Hub Wi Fi router, and with a short contract, they need a way to cover the cost.
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