The guide to student broadbandBy Emma
Rob Clymo explains the best way to get online at uni
If you’re a student then one of the main considerations for any location you’re headed to is how good the online connectivity is going to be. If you’re off to uni, or are already there, then it’s likely you’ll probably enjoy a plentiful supply of broadband on campus, and perhaps in student accommodation too.
However, not all students are in the same situation and many are faced with having to come up with their own broadband solution. Thankfully, these days it’s becoming a lot easier to get sorted out with broadband if you’re a student, even if you’re in rented accommodation.
The way forward
Needless to say, any student who has a computer or device that connects to the web will want to have access to broadband internet and thankfully, internet service providers (ISPs) have finally realised this too. Getting broadband if you were a student used to be a real nightmare because many ISPs didn’t want to let you get a contract if you weren’t at a permanent address.
Nowadays though, ISPs have brought out contract deals specifically for student users, with shorter or more flexible contracts that allow that much more freedom than becoming locked into a contract that goes on for a year or more.
Keeping costs low
Nevertheless, students are generally not too flushed with cash so you’ll need to spend some quality time using the services of a free comparison website in order to track down the best deals that are open to you. This is easy enough and you can even refine your search to provide you with details that reflect the sort of budget you have, and also the usage you expect to get from the service.
A good way to do it is to get you and a few mates, especially if you’re sharing a house, to all pitch in and cover the costs that way. This means you’ll all be spending a lot less than taking your own route individually. You may have to elect one main account holder who will have the billing aimed at them too, so it’s also worth getting people to sign up who you can be pretty sure will be good for chipping in with their payments.
While the home broadband deals are a great bet, especially if you get a bundle package that comes with the likes of a landline and TV selection too, the other option is to go for mobile broadband. What’s more, it’s now possible to get a MiFi device, which is a gadget that works a little like a home wireless router.
With one of these, either bought via pay as you go or a contract deal, you can share out a broadband signal with up to five authorised users. If you’re looking to share a connection and also cut costs then this can be a handy way to go.
Bear in mind that you’ll need to watch those download limits, because the data allowance will be divvied up between all the users, but it’s still a great way of staying connected and can also be used when you’re out and about travelling too. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate in flexibility and convenience then this could perhaps be the answer to your student broadband requirements.
About the author: Rob Clymo writes on behalf of Broadband Genie. Follow the link to compare the cheapest student broadband deals