Whether you’re moving to the big city for the first time for college, or you’re just looking for a new broadband deal that will suit your student pocket a bit better - we’ve got you covered. In this article, we compare the best student-friendly broadband deals currently on the market.
At bonkers.ie we’re all about helping you to save money when it comes to household bills and we know that no one appreciates a good deal more than the savvy money-saving student. Though we’re aware that price is usually top of any student’s agenda while deal hunting, we’re equally aware that price isn’t everything. Below you’ll find some of the best broadband deals out there, which take into account factors that cover more than just price. So whether you're looking for a zero commitment deal, looking for the cheapest deal going or simply want to find out the best way to watch the Premier League on the cheap, we've got you covered.
Cheapest deal you’ll find: Sky's Fibre Unlimited
If you’re looking for the cheapest possible solution to keep you and your housemates happy where broadband is concerned, Sky could be it.
With its Fibre Unlimited broadband-only option you’ll get an unlimited 100Mb broadband connection for just €30 per month for the first 12 months (rising to €55 per month thereafter).
The great news is, Sky's discount lasts for the duration of its contract so when your monthly rate goes up at the end of the first year, you can switch providers to get a better deal! Super! That means for one year of broadband with Sky you'll pay a total of €360.
The clear winner for avid sports fans: eir Broadband Only
Continuing on the broadband only front, eir is offering a great deal for sports fans.
On its Broadband Only plan you’ll get an unlimited 100Mb connection as well as free access to eir Sport (accessible via the eir Sport Now app) for €50 per month on a 12 month contract. That’s a total of €600 over the course of a 12 month contract.
eir Sport is a sports channel package consisting of seven premium live sports channels including four great BT sports channels. You’ll be able to watch any of these channels via your laptop, phone or tablet providing you sign up to any of eir’s deals.
This is great news for football fans in particular as eir Sport has the rights to 42 Premier League games this season, as well as every Champions League and Europa League game. The majority of live games will be 5.30pm Saturday kick-offs, with some midweek kick-offs thrown in too.
Can’t be tied into a contract? Check out Virgin Media’s Freedom Broadband
A big problem for students every year is the issue of long term contract broadband plans that offer no flexibility to students who will only need broadband during the academic months of the year. Many students can’t afford to be tied into 12 or 18 month contracts like those discussed above and contract breakage fees are both unwelcome and costly.
That’s where Virgin Media comes in. It is the only broadband provider currently offering an unlimited broadband plan based on a 30-day rolling contract. On the Freedom Broadband plan, for €55 per month you get an unlimited 240Mb broadband connection which can be cancelled at any time.
It might be a little bit pricier than the previous deals discussed on the list but bear in mind, it is the fastest of all the providers (by a large margin) and the freedom to leave your contract at any time is certainly a big draw.
Remember to compare all deals!
While we’ve hand-picked what we believe to be the best deals suitable for students above, it’s important to remember that everyone’s needs are different and it may be the case that none of these deals suit your particular requirements.
Here we’ve focused primarily on broadband only deals but you might be interested in dual or triple-play deals that include broadband, home phone as well as TV.
Run a full comparison to check which providers are available in your area to ensure that you’re getting the best possible deal when you sign up to your new broadband provider.