The best broadband plans for renters

The best broadband plans for renters
Monday, January 18, 2021

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

And good news is on the horizon for Kiwi renters – changes to New Zealand Tenancy laws will make it easier to install Fibre broadband in rental properties. Tenants can request to install fibre broadband, and landlords must agree if it can be installed at no cost to them, unless specific exemptions apply. The changes come into effect on 11 February 2021.

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 the 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 new address and whether Fibre, copper, wireless or satellite is available. Simply enter your address into our address finder for a tailored list of broadband plans available.

A minority of renters may find themselves in a situation where fibre is available in their area, but not installed in their rental home. Fortunately, recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act mean that Tenants can request to install fibre broadband, and landlords must agree if it can be installed at no cost to them, unless specific exemptions apply. 

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 include free months, joining credit, a free router, a free wifi extender, free mobile plan, or free access to streaming platforms.

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 fee. 

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
85

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
85

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 $50 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

Best Service
86

Unlimited Fibre 100 Deal Get 6 months HALF PRICE

from $42.50 /mo
First 6 months then 85.00/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Best Service
86

Unlimited Fibre 100 Deal Get 6 months HALF PRICE

The 2020 Broadband Compare award winner for best customer service! Get 6 months HALF PRICE unlimited broadband when you sign up for a 12-month contract! Use promo code BBCX6MONTHS. BYO router or you c...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Terms and conditions

These promotional offer terms form part of your Agreement with NOW and should be read in conjunction with NOW’s Residential Customer Terms and Conditions. In the event of any inconsistency between these Offer Terms and any other clause of the Agreement, these Offer Terms take precedence.
 
Naked Unlimited Broadband with six months half price offer
1. This offer is only available on a 12-month contract term and includes ADSL, VDSL and Fibre 100/20.
2. Half price on monthly fee for 6 months is applied via 6 recurring monthly account credits of $42.50 excluding the first part month.
3. 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
4. A modem can also be purchased with a one-off charge of $120 applied to your first invoice or you can select twelve installments of $10 per month over twelve months. Please note; $14 Postage and packaging fee applies for modem delivery.
5. Non-standard ADSL and VDSL connections may incur an installation charge which will be explained to you prior to connection.
6. An early termination fee ($199) will apply if you cancel this service prior to the first 12 months after joining.
 
 
Extra Bonus
72

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get strong Wi-Fi across your home

from $89.95 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Extra Bonus
72

Unlimited Fibre 100 Get strong Wi-Fi across your home

Get 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 services. Get $5/mth off for each active mob...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

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 
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers. 

Full T&Cs's

 

Bundled broadband plans for renters

HUGE SAVINGS
87

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

from $59.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
HUGE SAVINGS
87

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

 

 

Power+Gas
77

Everyday Bundle Fibre 100 Power+Gas Bundle your broadband + power + gas...

from $69.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
77

Everyday Bundle Fibre 100 Power+Gas Bundle your broadband + power + gas...

Get Unlimited Broadband for $69/mth when you also sign up for electricity AND gas with Nova Energy! Use promo code NZCOMPARE. No fixed terms and break fees, great value electricity and natural gas pri...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

Power / Router / Gas

Terms and conditions

  • On this Plan you’ll enjoy special broadband pricing when you also have your electricity and/or natural gas supply on the Plan. 
  • Use promo code NZCOMPARE.
  • The broadband price is: 
    • $79/ month when signed up with a single energy supply (i.e. electricity OR natural gas); or 
    • $69/ month when signed up with a dual energy supply (i.e. electricity AND natural gas). 
  • This Plan also unlimited broadband data (subject to Nova Energy Fair Use Policy), delivered over an ADSL, VDSL or Fibre connection, and a modem. There is a $15 charge for modem delivery. 
  • This offer does not require a fixed term supply period. 
  • Pricing on this Plan is not fixed and is therefore subject to change from time to time. 
  • All services must be at the same property and on the Everyday Bundle Plan. This Plan is only available in selected regions.
  • Nova’s broadband is available throughout the North Island and down to Timaru in the South Island.
  • Natural Gas service is only available across the North Island.
  • Special Terms and conditions and standard acceptance criteria apply.

No contract broadband plans for renters

Mobile Bundle
82

Fibre 100 Bundle Get $20/month off plus Vodafone Sup...

from $69.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Mobile Bundle
82

Fibre 100 Bundle Get $20/month off plus Vodafone Sup...

Get $10/mth off for the life of the plan when you sign up for an eligible Unlimited broadband plan. Plus, bundle your broadband and Vodafone Pay Monthly mobile plan and get an extra $10/mth off! Also...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

BYO Router / Mobile

Terms and conditions

Broadband: 
Broadband not available everywhere. Residential use only. Non-standard installation charges may apply. Terms apply.
 

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, when signing onto a 12 month or open term Unlimited or Ultimate Home broadband Fibre100, FibreMax, VDSL, ADSL or HFC Max plan. Or who sign onto a 12 month 4G Wireless broadband 300GB, 600GB or unlimited 4G broadband or 5G broadband plan.
  • Only applies to the standard monthly plan charge.
  • Not available with other offers. 
  • Offer may be withdrawn at anytime.
  • 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 Modem T&C's
44

Fibre 100 Open term

from $85.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
44

Fibre 100 Open term

Enjoy the freedom of the open term contract and pay just $80/month for Unlimited Fibre 100! T&C's apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Best Service
59

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
59

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

Broadband plans for large flats with gamers and streamers

Best Service
75

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
75

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

Sign up for an Ultra Unlimited plan before 30/09/2021 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 30/09/2021
Mobile Bundle
85

Ultimate Unlimited Fibre Bundle Exclusive $200 Credit & FREE Amazon...

from $80.00 /mo
950Mbps 500Mbps
Unlimited data
Mobile Bundle
85

Ultimate Unlimited Fibre Bundle Exclusive $200 Credit & FREE Amazon...

Exclusive DEAL - get $200 Credit when sign up through Broadband Compare! Gigabit speed for only $80/mth when you have a 2degrees Pay Monthly Mobile Plan plus Amazon Prime Video and Prime Gaming on 2de...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Rental router / Mobile

Terms and conditions

2degrees Unlimited Offer Terms and Conditions
New customers only on a 12 month term. Excludes mobile fees.

Limited time only. $15 rental modem shipping, early exit & non-standard installation fees apply. Price includes $10 bundle discount. After 12 months standard charges apply. Amazon Prime valid for 12 months, currently $8.99/m. Broadband not available everywhere. 2degrees reserves the right to amend or cancel the offer at any time. T&Cs apply, see 2degrees website for full details.

$200 Joining Credit Terms and Conditions
 
New customers exclusive through Broadband Compare. Offer available for Fibre, VDSL & ADSL, urban wireless 2degrees plans on an open-term and 12-month term contracts on Broadband Compare website. Offer expires 16/08/2021.

Best Wireless broadband plans for apartments

Mobile Bundle
59

Home Wireless Bundle 600Gb Get $20/month off plus Vodafone Sup...

from $55.00 /mo
36Mbps 10Mbps
600 GB data
Mobile Bundle
59

Home Wireless Bundle 600Gb Get $20/month off plus Vodafone Sup...

Get $10 off monthly for the life of the plan when you sign up to Wireless broadband on a 12-month plan! Plus, bundle your broadband and Vodafone Pay Monthly mobile plan and get a $10 discount from a r...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Router / Mobile

Terms and conditions

$10 Per Month For life of plan

  • Offer only available to new customers, when signing onto a 12 month or open term Unlimited or Ultimate Home broadband Fibre100, FibreMax, VDSL, ADSL or HFC Max plan. Or who sign onto a 12 month 4G Wireless broadband 300GB, 600GB or unlimited 4G broadband or 5G broadband plan.
  • Only applies to the standard monthly plan charge.
  • Not available with other offers. 
  • Offer may be withdrawn at anytime.
  • Full Promotional Terms and Conditions
  • Full 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
47

RBI 4G 120Gb

from $95.99 /mo
36Mbps 10Mbps
120 GB data
47

RBI 4G 120Gb

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 31/07/2021 and get 2 months FREE! Offer is only available for new Farmside RBI customers. Call now: 0800 706 024. Terms and Conditions apply...
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Rental router

1mth HALF PRICE
23

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
23

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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