Students don’t always get a choice about the broadband providers in their halls or dorms, but when they do, they need help to ensure that they are picking the best broadband on offer. When selecting the best broadband connections for students, the key questions to consider are:
– Are the monthly payments affordable?
– What broadband speed can you expect to receive?
– Do reviews suggest that the company provide a secure and reliable connection?
Using Price Comparisons to get a Great Deal
It is essential to consider that not all comparison sites are created equal, and this is no different when it comes to broadband packages. Many organisations will have commercial ties to individual providers or will be paid to recommend certain packages over others. As a result, it is important to take a little time to compare the results from more than one price comparison site before committing to a broadband contract.
Where possible, using independent websites such as Money Saving Expert or Which? will provide you with an unbiased range of options and recommendations that will help you select the most suitable broadband offers available. From a commercial perspective, you should also consider Money Supermarket and uSwitch, as these will provide you with a strong basis to compare individual packages.
When comparing packages, remember to consider:
– Monthly Cost
– Download limits
– Contract lengths
– Online reviews
– Other Services
’Other Services’ is especially key since many of the top providers will create bundles that include telephones, mobile contracts and even TV deals. So, it is important to consider whether or not you actually need the services on offer, regardless of how good a deal is on offer. We may be biased, but we’d always recommend a quicker internet connection over a TV deal due to the relatively low cost of Netflix and Amazon Prime Subscriptions. Streaming video content is usually the most intense activity that most users will use their connections for. However, you’ll only need a 3mb connection for this. With this in mind, ensuring that you have 3-5mb per regular user is a good starting point for most, but many students will frequently stream content on television while also using a computer, meaning that for students, we would recommend raising this to 5-7mb per person using the connection.
What Broadband Speed can you Expect?
Once you have established your target number, you can start to look for internet packages that match your speed requirements and are within your budget. At the time of writing in late 2018, most leading providers will offer 30mb+ in their mid-range packages, and this should be sufficient for most small households, even when you take into consideration that most connections are much lower than the advertised speeds on offer.
A quick way to compare the speeds on offer in a given area is to enter the postcode into one of the many free speed checkers available online. It is worth remembering that these results will not be 100% accurate and so you should use multiple tools before committing to a contract.
Here are a few you might consider:
Which Providers are Recommended by Reviews?
The best way to ensure that you are getting the best WIFI is to know somebody who has lived in the same area as the student accommodation and can recommend a provider. If that isn’t an option, then it is time to consider online reviews from a range of sources, such as:
– Consumer advocate websites
– Online review platforms such as Trustpilot
– Broadband comparison sites
– Social media discussions
It is important to remember that the vast majority of commentary that comes directly from consumers online will provide negative feedback regarding broadband providers. So, if you want to ensure you pick the best WIFI for students, we’d recommend that you pick the criteria that are most important to you/them and check out reviews about the provider’s performance online.
Remember that it is also important to ensure that you have the best router available if you want to ensure your internet connection is strong, consistent and secure. Learn more about our range of routers for more information about the best router for your needs.
If we can offer any assistance at all, do not hesitate to contact our team, who will only be too happy to help.