Best Broadband Deals For Students 2023

Looking for the best broadband deals for students in 2023? Here are our top five picks...

Written byHolly Barrow
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Finding the best broadband deal may not be at the forefront of your mind when you’re adjusting to uni life, but having reliable WiFi is more important than ever for students - and this doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. 

As a TOTUM member, you can bag yourself the very best student broadband deals - from Three’s 5G broadband to NOW’s Brilliant Fibre - meaning you’ll not only save on your monthly bills but can rest assured you’re with a quality internet provider. 

Here are our best broadband deals for students in 2023 as well as some FAQs on all things student broadband…




If you haven’t yet heard of 5G broadband, you’re missing out! 

5G broadband consists of incredibly fast download speeds, higher quality streaming (perfect for those Netflix marathons), and can handle multiple people in a household using it at one time without any strain, making it ideal for students living in a house share. 

What’s more, it doesn’t require an engineer to visit your home to set it up and you don’t need a landline, making it easier than ever to get your broadband up and running. 

If you and your housemates are looking for the easiest, quickest way to get browsing, you’ll want to check out Three’s 5G broadband offer from as little as £20 per month



NOW Broadband’s Brilliant Fibre package is ideal for students looking for fast, reliable broadband on a budget. 

At just £20 per month for 12 months, you’ll get unlimited downloads, free line rental, an average download speed of 11 Mbps and you’ll pay no activation fee. 

For an extra £6 per month, you could also consider upgrading to NOW’s Super Fibre student broadband deal, which has an average download speed of 63 Mbps and will set you back just £26 per month for 12 months. This is great for larger households with multiple internet users across a number of devices. 

Whether you’re streaming the latest series, gaming with your friends or researching for your next essay, NOW Broadband has got you covered. 



If you love a bargain, you’ll be blown away by Virgin Media & O2’s broadband, TV and phone bundle for just £43.99 per month. 

This student broadband deal is perfect for those who want to save not only on their broadband but on their mobile data plan and TV services too, as you’ll get all of these included in one cost-efficient package. 

For super fast broadband PLUS a 10GB O2 SIM card and access to over 110 TV channels, take advantage of Virgin Media & O2’s big bundle



Looking for strong, reliable, speedy broadband with average speeds up to 67 Mbps? With BT’s Superfast Fibre 2 broadband, high quality is guaranteed - get the speeds you’re promised or £20 back with BT’s Stay Fast Guarantee. 

If online security is a priority for you and your housemates, BT is your go to internet provider, offering outstanding protection as you browse. 

With no upfront cost, no fair usage limits and comfortably supporting up to 10 devices on average, BT’s Superfast Fibre 2 broadband is ideal for students and you can get it for just £29.99 as a TOTUM member


Unhappy with your current internet provider? With Uswitch, you can easily compare all the best broadband deals to find one suited to you. 

If you switch your provider with Uswitch via TOTUM, you’ll get a £20 Amazon gift card

Student broadband FAQs

Have a few questions before you decide on the best broadband deal for you? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on student broadband… 

What broadband speed do students need?

As you can imagine, this depends on your personal circumstances including how many people you live with, what your household typically uses broadband for (streaming, gaming etc.), and how many devices may be used at one time. 

Generally, the guidance is to allow for 10 Mbps per broadband user, so if you’re in a house share of four, a broadband speed of around 40 Mbps would be ideal. 

For this reason, fibre and 5G broadband are great for students, as they typically provide faster download speeds than standard broadband. This means you can watch your latest series in peace without the dreaded buffering…


Do I need a landline for broadband?

While you may still need a phone line connection for some types of broadband, this isn’t always the case. Fibre optic broadband usually uses a separate cable (although it’s always best to double check with the supplier), and 5G broadband certainly doesn’t require a landline or any installation whatsoever. 

This means it’s easier than ever to get connected and go! 

How long does it take to switch broadband?

If you’re switching broadband providers, you can usually expect it to take around two weeks to switch - however this varies depending on the providers. 

Some can take up to six weeks, so it’s important to plan ahead when it comes to broadband! 


Is 5G broadband good for students?

If you’re a student moving house each year whilst at university, the last thing you want to deal with is setting up broadband each time. 

For this reason, 5G broadband is becoming an absolute go-to for students thanks to how easy it is to set up as well as the quality of the broadband you’re receiving. 

Some of the benefits of 5G broadband include: 

  • Multiple people can use 5G broadband without a strain to the connection

  • Fast download speeds and high quality streaming

  • No landline required

  • No engineer installation required

  • Likely to become cheaper than fixed line broadband 

  • No need to stop and start broadband deals if you move home

Check out Three’s 5G broadband offer for students from just £20 per month.

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