How to choose the best broadband plan for university 2020

Choosing a broadband plan for university
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

If you are heading to university in 2020, then you’re likely to be in search of a broadband plan for your new flat. And, as a student you’re probably looking for the best value deal possible!

If your new flat at university is shared with a few other students, then you are going to need the best student internet plan possible – to make sure you have the bandwidth for multiple users download and streaming content. Broadband Compare has student broadband plans from all the different internet providers in New Zealand.

With so many providers and plans around, it can be hard to know which plan will be perfect for your flat. We’ve put together some tips below to help you choose the perfect student broadband plan. The simplest way to find the best broadband deals around is to enter your address into our address find to bring up a list of plans available at your address.

Top tips for choosing a student broadband plan for your flat

The best broadband deal isn’t always a “student” plan

University broadband deals aren’t always different from the usual broadband plans, and as a student, you may not actually be best served by not buying a specific student broadband deal. A no-contract plan from providers like MyRepublic, Stuff Fibre, Orcon or Slingshot could be your best option. Compare the best broadband plans available at your address

Speed matters

If your new flat at university is shared with a few other students then you are going to need to best student internet plan possible to make sure you have the bandwidth for multiple users streaming content. There is nothing worse than a buffering or slow connection when you are working toward a deadline because your flatmates are having a Netflix marathon, streaming music or having a gaming session. Having an ultrafast, unlimited fibre broadband connection will be vital for a harmonious flat! Find the fastest broadband deals available at your address.

If you you live in a flat where you only have ADSL or VDSL broadband available and are frustrated with your broadband speeds - you may be surprised to learn that Wireless or 4G broadband can perform as quickly as fibre in some areas.

Don’t get tied into a 12-24 month contract - try a no-contract plan

Signing up for a 12-24 month contract can be a great way to get a low monthly rate for your broadband, but you often have to pay an expensive cancellation fee if you want to cancel the contract early. If you aren’t planning to live in your student flat for a full 12 months, we can help you find a great no contract plan. Find the best no contract student broadband plans

Consider a Prepay Broadband Plan

Life as a student can mean being on a budget and cashflow can be tight. Did you know that prepay broadband or pay-as-you-go broadband is a thing? This is a super-flexible no contract option for paying for your broadband. You simply top up your broadband account, like you would a prepay cell phone. Find pay as you go broadband plans here

Setting up a new Student flat? Make life easy by bundling your broadband and power

Who wants to deal with flat admin? If you are setting up a new student flat, why not make like easier and save money by bundling your broadband and Electricity? It means you only have one provider, one billing cycle and one point of contact for both services. You can get some great savings and cross 2 chores off your To Do list!

 

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SIX MONTHS HALF PRICE, free modem while you're with Slingshot (one-off $14.95 delivery charge applies). Free standard install* Also, bundle your broadband and power and get 10% bundle discount on both...
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SIX MONTHS HALF PRICE offer

  • Free modem while you're with Slingshot. A one-off $14.95 delivery charge applies. 
  • Free standard install*.
  • Offer for new residential customers only. 
  • Service not available everywhere. 
  • 12 month contract and $250 early termination fee applies. 
  • Not valid with any other offers. 
  • The 10% bundle discount is applied after all broadband discounts have been applied, so it is a further 10% discount on the Broadband if bundled in with Power

*If you are installing a new broadband connection or moving into a new address (move house) at the time of sign-up, a $52 installation fee will apply.

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Slingshot Power Bundles Ts&Cs

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The 3 months free broadband offer (“the offer”) applies to your first 3 months base plan charges on your new Bigpipe account. The offer is only available to customers who do not currently purchase broadband from Bigpipe and have not had broadband with Bigpipe within the last 90 days. The offer is available to customers who sign up from 18 December 2018 to 30 June 2020.

Offer applies to new Bigpipe customers signing up to any of the following plans, on a 12 month term:

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The offer includes a free modem, shipping and standard broadband connection for ADSL, VDSL and fibre customers. Non-standard installation charges apply.

If you leave Bigpipe before the end of your 12 month contract, an early exit fee of $199 will apply. The offer is subject to change without notice. Credit assessment applies.

The offer will be applied to your Bigpipe account as a credit for 100% of your base plan charges. The offer does not include any additional services which will be charged at full price, including during the first 3 months of your new Bigpipe plan.

This offer may not be combined with any other “new customer” promotional offers. It may only be combined with other publicly available offers on the Bigpipe website (an “other offer”), provided you are eligible for the other offer at the date you sign up, , the other offer is not a ‘new customer’ offer and the combination of the other offer and this offer is not prohibited in the terms of the other offer.

Broadband not available everywhere and speeds vary. Local Fibre Company terms apply if you have a fibre connection. Bigpipe’s Broadband Customer Terms and Conditions apply to all Bigpipe broadband plans.

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Power / Router / Gas

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  • The Advantage Broadband Plan is available for selected new residential broadband customers who also sign up for (or who already receive) electricity and/or natural gas services from Nova at the same property.
  • Eligibility and pre-acceptance criteria, Advantage Broadband Plan Special Terms, and Advantage Plan Special Terms respectively apply.
  • Early termination fees may apply in respect of each Plan if you end the Plan early.
  • Nova’s Advantage Broadband Plan is a 12 Month Term plan which includes a $250 broadband account credit.
  • Nova’s Dual Advantage Plan for electricity and natural gas is a fixed term plan until 31 March 2022 and includes a $150 account credit per ICP.
  • All account credits include GST.

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THREE MONTHS FREE offer
  • Free modem while you're with Orcon. $14.95 postage and packaging charge applies for the modem.
  • Free standard install. 
  • Offer for new residential customers only. 
  • Service not available everywhere. 
  • 12 month contract and $250 early termination fee applies. 
  • Not valid with any other offers. Landline at additional $5/mth. 
  • The 10% bundle discount is applied after all broadband discounts have been applied, so it is a further 10% discount on the Broadband if bundled in with Power.

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  • Includes ADSL, VDSL and Fibre 100/20
  • Promotion pricing is valid for your first 12-months only. After this time our standard pricing will apply. The promotional price will be applied via a recurring monthly account credit for 12 months. This excludes the first part-month.
  • All ADSL and VDSL connections will incur an installation charge of $79.00.
  • You can use your own Modem, but this must be compatible with the selected NOW network. For more information please refer to – Can I use my own Modem
  • A Modem can also be purchased with a one-off charge of $120 applied to your 1st invoice or you can select a deferred payment plan including twelve instalments of $10 per month over twelve months.
  • Payment for this offer must be made via bank or credit card direct debit each month.

 

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from $89.95 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
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Unlimited Fibre No Contract


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Family filter / Rental router

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Ultra Unlimited Gigabit speed from only $84.95 plus...

Sign up for an Ultra Unlimited plan before 30/06/2020 and pay only $84.95/mth for 12 months! Plus, get FREE router and installation. T&C's apply.
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12 months

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Router

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  • Only available on a 12-month contract term. Includes our Ultra Unlimited Plan only (Fibre 900/400)
  • Promotion pricing is valid for your first 12-months only. After this time our standard pricing will apply. The promotional price will be applied via a recurring monthly account credit for 12 months. This excludes the first part-month.
  • The free Modem is a Netcomm NF18AC or equivalent. This will be charged to your account and account credit is applied to equal a nil balance. Please note: $14 postage and packaging fee applies for modem delivery.
  • Early termination fee ($199) will apply.
  • Promotional offer is only available for new residential customers.
  • The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • These terms and conditions must be read in conjunction with our full residential terms and conditions.
  • Offer expires 30/04/2020

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4G 120Gb 4 mths HALF PRICE Rural Wireless B...

from $48.00 /mo
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4G 120Gb 4 mths HALF PRICE Rural Wireless B...

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 30/04/2020 and get 4 months half price broadband! Offer is only available for new Farmside RBI customers. Terms and Conditions apply.
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24 months

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Rental router

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  • 4 months half-price rural wireless broadband offer is only available to new Farmside RBI customers, signing up to an RBI Wireless Broadband plan, on a 24 month term.
  • Available only on 120GB or 200GB RBI Wireless Broadband plans.
  • 4 months half-price only applies to the standard monthly plan charge.
  • Applied when your broadband becomes active and will appear on your first or second bill and then appear on three subsequent bills.
  • Will be debited back if plan is downgraded during the first 6 months of the term or terminated before the end of the term.
  • Early Disconnection Fees apply
  • $10 Mobile Discount available when you link a Vodafone On Account mobile to your Farmside broadband account. Terms apply
  • Rural Wireless Broadband and 4G not available everywhere. Connection not guaranteed. Traffic management policy applies.
  • The RBI II network is a 4G only network. 4G calling is only available on VoLTE capable device, including emergency services.
  • Additional charges may apply for Managed Installations & additional travel.
  • Farmside will supply required equipment. Modem required to be returned at customer’s cost if plan is terminated within 12 months of 24 month term.
  • Offer available until 30/04/2020, unless Farmside, in its sole discretion chooses to extend it.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Farmside promotions.
  • Standard Terms & Conditions apply

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4 mths HALF PRICE Rural Wireless Broadband! Call now: 0800 706 024

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from $49.95 /mo
First 3 months then 99.90/month
36Mbps 10Mbps
120 GB data
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3 Months HALF PRICE & No Set Up Fee - Use code "3months"! The 24-month contract applies.
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Contract options

24 months

Included features

Router

Terms and Conditions apply

1. The offer is only available to new Wireless Nation broadband customers who haven’t had an active Wireless Nation connection in the past 12 months, and who sign up to a residential RBI Wireless Broadband plan on a 24 month contract.

2. The offer is applied when your broadband becomes active with Wireless Nation and will be discounted on your initial payment through the online sign up form. 

3. The offer is the equivalent of three months half price of any RBI Wireless standard monthly fee, and no $99 setup fee. It does not apply to additional charges such as antenna costs, installation, additional usage or part-month charges. Early exit fees will apply.

4. The offer may not be available in conjunction with other offers.

5. The offer is subject to payment by Direct Debit or automatic Credit Card. 

6. The offer is subject to our standard Terms of Service.

3 months HALF PRICE & FREE set up on a 24-months contract

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