The best broadband plans for renters

Flatmates compare broadband plans
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Whether you rent or own your home – a reliable and affordable broadband connection is vital. 

Broadband allows you to stay connected, work from home, and access entertainment like streaming movies, TV shows, music or gaming. If you live in a shared flat then a good broadband connection that doesn’t fluctuate or buffer when more people connect is likely to be essential to a harmonious shared flat!

Each flat is likely to have a unique set of requirements for your broadband. If you live in a large shared flat you are likely to want a super-fast unlimited plan for multiple streamers and gamers. But if you are renting while you save to buy, you are likely to want to cheapest plan available to keep costs low.

What should I keep in mind when choosing a broadband plan for my flat?

Availability – what’s available where you live?

Your best broadband plan will depend on what’s available at your address and whether fibre or copper internet is available. Simply enter your address in our address checker for a comprehensive list of broadband plans available.

A minority of renters find themselves in a situation where fibre is available in their area, but not installed at their rental home. If you live in a home where you want to get fibre installed you will need to follow the consent process to get fibre installed.

If you can’t get consent to install fibre, you may need to consider an alternative connection type like ADSL or VDSL, or wireless internet.

Check your address

Contract length

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 don’t have a 12-month tenancy at your rental property then a no-contract plan can be a good way to avoid cancellation fees if you have to move.

Add-on or perks

When comparing broadband plans, it is worth looking at any free inclusions or add-ones. These may be “standard” inclusions like free modem, free modem delivery, or free phone line. Broadband companies may also offer new customers deals that include free access to streaming services like Netflix, Neon or Lightbox. Some deals even include free items like free TVs, tablets, BBQs or more when you sign up.

Cost per month vs cost per year

It has become increasingly common for broadband companies to try to entice new customers with plans that include free or discounted months. For example, pay nothing for the first 3 or 4 months, or pay a lower rate for the first 6 months, then revert to a higher ‘standard’ monthly rate. This can make comparisons a bit more complicated as you need to compare low introductory rates and then the higher rate. 

It can help to compare the cost per year rather than the cost per month if you are signing up for a 12 or 24-month plan. This can help ensure that you are getting a good deal across the lifespan of your contract. 

Comparing the cost per year is simple when comparing with Broadband Compare. Enter the address in the address finder to view a list of plans available at your address. Then use the menu on the top right to change from “price per month” to “price per year” or “price per two years”.

Additional costs

Additional costs on your broadband plan may include a connection fee, termination fee, router rental or delivery, or additional homeline free. 

Speed matters

The best broadband speed for your flat will depend on how many flatmates you have, how you use the internet, and what’s available in your area.

Are you in a large shared flat, with multiple people gaming, streaming content and surfing the net at the same time? Or is there just a couple of you streaming Netflix occasionally, and browsing the net? Here’s a comparison of how different broadband speeds shape up in real life.

Fibre broadband speeds will offer the fastest consistent connections speeds and should be considered a first choice for most people. If that’s not available VDSL connections are usually the next fastest, followed by ADSL broadband.

VDSL and ADSL broadband connections run over existing copper phone lines. The connection speed you receive will depend on how far from the exchange you are and how many other users are connected during peak times. If you are frustrated with your copper broadband speeds, you may be surprised to learn that Wireless or 4G broadband can perform as quickly as fibre in some areas.

Bundling power and broadband

Who wants to deal with flat admin? Bundling your power and broadband with one provider is a great way to streamline your flat admin. It means you only have one provider, one billing cycle and one point of contact for both services.

Cheapest broadband plans for flats on a budget

Extra Bonus
96

Unlimited Fibre 100 Deal Exclusive - $64.95/mth + great Bund...

from $64.95 /mo
First 12 months then 84.95/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Extra Bonus
96

Unlimited Fibre 100 Deal Exclusive - $64.95/mth + great Bund...

Sign up on a 12-month contract and pay only $64.95/month! Also, bundle your broadband and power and get 10% bundle discount on both services. Get $5/mth off for each active mobile plan you bundle with...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Family filter / BYO Router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is available to new customers only.
  • A minimum 12-month contract applies. Early Termination fee of $250 applies.
  • Not available in conjunction with any other offer. 
  • Offer will revert to standard prices as advertised on Slingshot.co.nz after 12 months.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change by Slingshot without notice.
  • Free standard installation.
  • Free Modem Rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge or Bring your own device (BYOD) and get a one-off $25 credit.
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers.

Slingshot Broadband Ts&Cs
Slingshot Power Bundles Ts&Cs

2 months FREE
89

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get 2 months FREE Unlimited Broadba...

from $0.00 /mo
First 2 months then 78.00/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
2 months FREE
89

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get 2 months FREE Unlimited Broadba...

Sign up to any Unlimited Broadband plan on a 12-month contract and get your first 2 months for free! Also, get a free standard connection and a free modem. Limited time offer only! Terms and Condition...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Router

Terms and conditions

  • The two months free broadband offer (“the offer”) applies to your first 2 months base plan charges on your new Skinny Fixed Line account. The offer is only available to customers who do not currently purchase broadband from Skinny and have not had broadband with Skinny within the last 90 days. The offer is available for a limited time only.
  • Offer applies to new Skinny customers signing up to any of the following plans, on a 12-month term:
    • ADSL
    • VDSL
    • Uncapped Fibre 30
    • Uncapped Fibre 100
    • Uncapped Fibre 200
    • Uncapped Fibre Ultra
  • 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 Skinny before the end of your 12-month contract, an early exit fee of $199 will apply. The offer is subject to change without notice.
  • The offer will be applied to your Skinny 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 2 months of your new Skinny 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 Skinny 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. Skinny's Broadband Customer Terms and Conditions apply to all Skinny broadband plans.
Deal
45

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get $10/month off plus Vodafone Sup...

from $79.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Deal
45

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get $10/month off plus Vodafone Sup...

Get $10 monthly discount for the life of the plan when you sign up for an eligible Unlimited broadband plan. Also, get a wall-to-wall Wifi guaranteed with Vodafone SuperWifi* (2 Deco X20 Mesh Wifi Nod...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

BYO Router

Terms and conditions

SuperWifi Offer:

  • Sign up to Unlimited Broadband, or Wireless Broadband 600GB 12 month term plan, to redeem your SuperWifi units.
  • Wall-to-wall Wifi guaranteed or get $100 broadband credit within 90 days of redemption.
  • Guarantee and $100 credit only available to residential customers.
  • 24-month term applies to SuperWifi. Fees apply if you cancel or transfer your plan or billing account within 24 months. 
  • TP-link Deco App required. Coverage can be impacted by factors such as network conditions and environmental factors.
  • Offer may be amended or withdrawn by Vodafone at any time.
  • SuperWifi terms apply

$10 Per Month For life of plan

  • Offer only available to new customers until 31 March 2021, when signing onto a 24 month, 12 month or open term Unlimited or Ultimate Home broadband Fibre100, Fibre200, FibreMax, VDSL, ADSL or HFC Max plan. Or who sign onto a 12 month Wireless broadband 300GB, 600GB plan.
  • Only applies to the standard monthly plan charge.
  • Will first appear on your first or second bill.
  • Not available with other offers. 
  • Full Promotional Terms and Conditions

BYO Modem offer - open term plans:

  • Only available on Vodafone open term Unlimited Fibre, VDSL and ADSL broadband plans.
  • To see what modem compatibility is required, click here.
  • Voice calling over broadband (VoIP) only available on Vodafone Ultra Hub range, HG659 or newer Vodafone modems.
  • Broadband speeds and connection quality may be affected.
  • BYO Moded T&C's

Bundled broadband plans for renters

Power+Gas
94

Fibre 100/20 Power+Gas Bundle your Broadband, Power, and G...

from $59.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
94

Fibre 100/20 Power+Gas Bundle your Broadband, Power, and G...

Bundle Fibre 100 Plan, Electricity, and Gas and you’ll get $30 off the standard monthly cost of broadband. That’s just $59.99/mth (incl. GST) for Fast Fibre. Online deal. Ts & Cs and $14.99 P&D apply....
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

Power / Router / Gas

Terms and conditions

  • This special broadband price is only available when you sign up online. $14.99 P&D apply
  • Subject to a satisfactory credit check.
  • Broadband is not a stand-alone product. You must have at least your residential electricity with us at the same address to go and remain, on our broadband product.
  • Full Terms and Conditions

 

 

Extra Bonus
93

Unlimited Fibre 100 3 Months FREE plus great discounts...

from $0.00 /mo
First 3 months then 89.95/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Extra Bonus
93

Unlimited Fibre 100 3 Months FREE plus great discounts...

Get THREE MONTHS FREE Unlimited Broadband plus FREE rental Google Nest Wifi router (one-off $14.95 delivery charge applies). Also, bundle your broadband and power and get 10% bundle discount on both s...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Family filter / BYO Router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is available to new customers only.
  • A minimum 12-month contract applies. Early Termination fee of $250 applies.
  • This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change by Orcon without notice.
  • Free Modem Rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge or Bring your own device (BYOD) and get a one-off $25 credit
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers. 

Full T&Cs's

Offer expires 28/02/2021
Exclusive
92

7M FREE Fibre 100 Bundle Get 7 months FREE Broadband!

from $0.00 /mo
First 7 months then 84.99/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Exclusive
92

7M FREE Fibre 100 Bundle Get 7 months FREE Broadband!

Bundle your Broadband with Power and Gas on a 24-month contract and get 7 months FREE Broadband! Offer expires 31/03/2021. T&C's apply
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Static IP / Power / Router / Gas

Terms and conditions

This promotion provides 7 months free Broadband, if you sign up for Broadband + Electricity + Gas together. If you just sign up for Broadband + Electricity only, you will receive 6 months free Broadband.

  • To be eligible for this promotion, all of the services must be connected at the same residential address, and within one month period from the date you signed your application.
  • $5 additional fee applies if a VoIP service is requested.
  • Addon service charges are not included in the promotional price and will be charged on a monthly basis if selected.
  • This promotion comes with a 24 month contract. Early Termination Fee of $299 applies if any of the services is disconnected prior to the contract end date.
  • If Gas service is cancelled during the contract period because you move to an address where Natural Gas is not available, Early Termination Fee will not be charged.
  • Your service prices will return to the standard price once the promotion ends. We recommend you to contact us before your contract ends to benefit from new promotion.
  • There is a one-off $15 delivery fee to deliver a Dual Band Router to you.
  • Offer expires 31/03/2021
  • Please check our Promotional Terms and Conditions, General Terms and Conditions for more information about our Terms and Conditions. There is a lot of information we need to communicate with you, so it is worth taking some time to read them thoroughly.

 

No contract broadband plans for renters

Best Service
70

Fibre No Contract Get NO CONTRACT With the Code BBC74...

from $74.95 /mo
First 12 months then 85.00/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Best Service
70

Fibre No Contract Get NO CONTRACT With the Code BBC74...

No strings attached – Unlimited Broadband just $74.95/month with no contract. Only available for a limited time and exclusive to Broadband Compare. Use promo code BBC74/NOCONTRACT
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Terms and conditions

  • 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.

Full Promotional Terms and Conditions

59

Unlimited Fibre No Contract

from $94.95 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
59

Unlimited Fibre No Contract


Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

Family filter / Rental router

Power+Gas
94

Fibre 100/20 Power+Gas Bundle your Broadband, Power, and G...

from $59.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
94

Fibre 100/20 Power+Gas Bundle your Broadband, Power, and G...

Bundle Fibre 100 Plan, Electricity, and Gas and you’ll get $30 off the standard monthly cost of broadband. That’s just $59.99/mth (incl. GST) for Fast Fibre. Online deal. Ts & Cs and $14.99 P&D apply....
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

Power / Router / Gas

Terms and conditions

  • This special broadband price is only available when you sign up online. $14.99 P&D apply
  • Subject to a satisfactory credit check.
  • Broadband is not a stand-alone product. You must have at least your residential electricity with us at the same address to go and remain, on our broadband product.
  • Full Terms and Conditions

 

 

Broadband plans for large flats with gamers and streamers

FREE WiFi Extender
89

Fibre 100 Power+Gas FREE Premium Mesh Wifi + $20/mth of...

from $64.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
FREE WiFi Extender
89

Fibre 100 Power+Gas FREE Premium Mesh Wifi + $20/mth of...

Bundle up with Megatel broadband and energy to receive a 2 set PREMIUM WIFI EXTENDER for free (RRP $299) to get amplified wifi around the house with no dead spots. Plus, protect your devices from any
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Family filter / Static IP / Power / Router / Gas

Terms and conditions

  • This promotion provides Deco(2packs) and $20 discount per month on Broadband, if you sign up for Broadband service together with Electricity and Gas. If you sign up for Broadband with just Electricity, you will receive Deco(2packs) and a discount of $15 per month on your Broadband service.
  • Services must be connected at the same residential address within one-month time frame from the date you sign up with your application. 
  • This promotion is only available with Fibre services.
  • $15 on Deco Premium Mesh Wifi delivery to you.

 

Mesh Wifi MEGA Bundle T&C
Promotional Terms and Conditions

 

Best Service
81

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

from $84.95 /mo
First 12 months then 99.00/month
950Mbps 500Mbps
Unlimited data
Best Service
81

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

Sign up for an Ultra Unlimited plan before 31/03/2021 and pay only $84.95/mth for 12 months! Plus, get FREE router and installation. T&C's apply. Not only will you receive this special bundle, you wil...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Router

Terms and conditions

  • 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 31/03/2021

Best Wireless broadband plans for apartments

2 months FREE
66

RBI 4G 120Gb Get 2 months FREE! Call now: 0800 7...

from $0.00 /mo
First 2 months then 95.99/month
36Mbps 10Mbps
120 GB data
2 months FREE
66

RBI 4G 120Gb Get 2 months FREE! Call now: 0800 7...

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 28/02/2021 and get 2 months FREE! Offer is only available for new Farmside RBI customers. Terms and Conditions apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Rental router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is only available to new Farmside RBI customers, signing up to a 120gb or 200gb RBI Wireless Broadband plan, for a 24 month term.
  • 2 months free only applies to the standard monthly plan charge. 
  • Applied when your broadband becomes active and will appear on your first or second bill.
  • 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
  • Rural Wireless Broadband and 4G not available everywhere. Connection not guaranteed. 
  • Additional charges may apply for Managed Installations & additional travel.
  • Farmside will supply required equipment. $15 modem postage and handling fee applies. Modem required to be returned at customer’s cost if plan is terminated within 12 months of 24 month term. 
  • Offer available until 28/02/2021, 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
1mth HALF PRICE
26

RBI 4G 120GB + 50GB 1 month HALF PRICE + 50GB Off Peak...

from $49.95 /mo
First month then 99.90/month
36Mbps 10Mbps
120 GB data
1mth HALF PRICE
26

RBI 4G 120GB + 50GB 1 month HALF PRICE + 50GB Off Peak...

Sign up for a 24-month contract and get 1 month HALF PRICE. Get an additional 50 GB Off Peak data (can be used from midnight-5 PM). Also, no setup, shipping & handling costs + free antenna worth $119
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Router

Terms and conditions

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 one month half price of any RBI Wireless standard monthly fee, free antenna (if required) worth $119, and no shipping & handling cost. It does not apply to additional charges such as installation, additional usage or part-month charges.
4. With this plan, you get Anytime data, which can be used all day long, plus Off Peak data, which is available from midnight till 5PM.
5. The early exit fee is 1/24 of $458.85 for every remaining month on a 24 month contract, plus the value of any promotion offered during signup.
6. The offer may not be available in conjunction with other offers.
7. The offer is subject to payment by Direct Debit or automatic Credit Card.
8. The offer is subject to our standard Terms of Service.

 

 

 

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