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!

 

Cheapest broadband plans for university flats on a budget

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Starter Fibre

from $79.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
47

Starter Fibre

A seriously big deal! 3 months FREE when you join any unlimited 12-month contract term broadband plan. Offer available to new Bigpipe customers signing up to any 12-month contract term broadband plan
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Router

Terms and conditions

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:

Fast (ADSL)
Turbo (VDSL)
Starter (Fibre 100/20)
Expert (Fibre 100/100)
Pro (Fibre 200/20)
Elite (Fibre Max)
Elite Cantab
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.

Bundled broadband plans for university flats

Power+Gas
92

Fibre 100/20 Power+Gas Bundle your broadband, power, and g...

from $59.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
92

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
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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
92

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 31/01/2021

No contract broadband plans for university flats

Best Service
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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
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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

61

Unlimited Fibre No Contract

from $94.95 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
61

Unlimited Fibre No Contract


Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

Family filter / Rental router

Power+Gas
92

Fibre 100/20 Power+Gas Bundle your broadband, power, and g...

from $59.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
92

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 for gamers and streamers

Best Service
82

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
82

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 university students

1 month FREE
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4G 120Gb Get 1 month FREE! Call now: 0800 70...

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

4G 120Gb Get 1 month FREE! Call now: 0800 70...

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 28/02/2021 and get 1 month 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.
  • 1 month 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 AM data

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 AM data

Sign up for a 24-month contract and get 1 month HALF PRICE. Get an additional 50 GB AM data (can be used from midnight-midday). Also, no setup, shipping & handling costs + free antenna worth $119 (if
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 AM data, which is available from midnight till midday.
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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