How to choose the best broadband plan for university in 2021

Choosing a broadband plan for university
Friday, January 29, 2021

If you’re heading to university this year, then you’re likely to be in search of a broadband plan for your new flat. And, as a student you’re probably looking for the best value deal possible!

If your new university flat is shared with other students, then you are going to need the best student internet plan possible – to make sure you have the bandwidth for multiple users downloading and streaming content. 

Broadband Compare has a huge range of broadband plans from New Zealand’s main broadband providers. With nearly 90 providers and over 1200 plans around, it can be hard to know which plan will be perfect for your flat.

We’ve put together some tips below to help you choose the perfect student broadband plan. The simplest way to find the best broadband deals around is to enter your address into our address finder to bring up a list of plans available at your address.

Top tips for choosing a student broadband plan for your flat

The best deal isn’t always a “student” plan

University broadband deals aren’t always different from the usual broadband plans, and as a student, you may not actually be best served by not buying a specific student broadband deal. A no-contract plan from providers like MyRepublic, Stuff Fibre, Orcon or Slingshot could be your best option. Compare the best broadband plans available at your address.

Speed matters

If your new uni flat is shared with other students then you are going to need to best student internet plan possible to make sure you have the bandwidth for multiple users streaming content. There is nothing worse than a buffering or slow connection when you are working towards a deadline because your flatmates are having a Netflix marathon, streaming music or having a gaming session. Having an ultrafast, unlimited fibre broadband connection will be vital for a harmonious flat! Find the fastest broadband deals available at your address.

If you live in a flat where you only have ADSL or VDSL broadband available and are frustrated with your broadband speeds - you may be surprised to learn that Wireless or 4G broadband can perform as quickly as fibre in some areas.

Don’t get tied into a 12-24 month contract. Try a no-contract plan

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 aren’t planning to live in your student flat for a full 12 months, we can help you find a great no contract plan. Find the best no contract student broadband plans

Get free stuff with your broadband plan

Signing up for a new broadband plan is a great opportunity to get free offers. For example you can get FREE months when you sign up as a new customer, or when you bundle your power and broadband, get a free mesh wifi nodes or a free mobile plan for a year

Setting up a new Student flat? Make life easy by bundling your broadband and power

Who wants to deal with flat admin? If you are setting up a new student flat, why not make like easier and save money by bundling your broadband and power? It means you only have one provider, one billing cycle and one point of contact for both services. You can get some great savings and cross 2 things off your To Do list!

Cheapest broadband plans for university flats on a budget

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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
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95

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 $25 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
88

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
88

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.
 
 
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Unlimited Fibre 100 3 Months FREE plus great discounts...

from $0.00 /mo
First 3 months then 89.95/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
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91

Unlimited Fibre 100 3 Months FREE plus great discounts...

Get THREE MONTHS FREE Unlimited Broadband plus 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 s...
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.
  • 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 or Bring your own device (BYOD) and get a one-off $25 credit
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers. 

Full T&Cs's

Offer expires 28/02/2021

Bundled broadband plans for university flats

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

from $59.99 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
89

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
86

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

from $69.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Power+Gas
86

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.
  • Special Terms and conditions and standard acceptance criteria apply.
Exclusive
89

7M FREE Fibre 100 Bundle Get 7 months FREE Broadband!

from $0.00 /mo
First 7 months then 84.99/month
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Exclusive
89

7M FREE Fibre 100 Bundle Get 7 months FREE Broadband!

Bundle your Broadband with Power and Gas on a 24-month contract and get 7 months FREE Broadband! Offer expires 31/03/2021. T&C's apply
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Static IP / Power / Router / Gas

Terms and conditions

This promotion provides 7 months free Broadband, if you sign up for Broadband + Electricity + Gas together. If you just sign up for Broadband + Electricity only, you will receive 6 months free Broadband.

  • To be eligible for this promotion, all of the services must be connected at the same residential address, and within one month period from the date you signed your application.
  • $5 additional fee applies if a VoIP service is requested.
  • Addon service charges are not included in the promotional price and will be charged on a monthly basis if selected.
  • This promotion comes with a 24 month contract. Early Termination Fee of $299 applies if any of the services is disconnected prior to the contract end date.
  • If Gas service is cancelled during the contract period because you move to an address where Natural Gas is not available, Early Termination Fee will not be charged.
  • Your service prices will return to the standard price once the promotion ends. We recommend you to contact us before your contract ends to benefit from new promotion.
  • There is a one-off $15 delivery fee to deliver a Dual Band Router to you.
  • Offer expires 31/03/2021
  • Please check our Promotional Terms and Conditions, General Terms and Conditions for more information about our Terms and Conditions. There is a lot of information we need to communicate with you, so it is worth taking some time to read them thoroughly.

 

No contract broadband plans for university flats

Mobile Bundle
85

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

from $69.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Mobile Bundle
85

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

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 until 31 March 2021, when signing onto a 24 month, 12 month or open term Unlimited or Ultimate Home broadband Fibre100, Fibre200, FibreMax, VDSL, ADSL or HFC Max plan. Or who sign onto a 12 month Wireless broadband 300GB, 600GB plan.
  • Only applies to the standard monthly plan charge.
  • Will first appear on your first or second bill.
  • Not available with other offers. 
  • 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 Moded T&C's
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Fibre 100 FREE rental TP-Link VR1600v router...

from $75.00 /mo
100Mbps 20Mbps
Unlimited data
Deal
76

Fibre 100 FREE rental TP-Link VR1600v router...

Sign up to MyRepublic on a 12-month contract and get a FREE rental TP-Link VR1600v router! Terms and Conditions apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Terms and conditions

  • Offers are for new residential customers only
  • Pricing does not automatically increase after the term of the contract has ended
  • $14.95 P&H fee will be charged on all routers shipped to customers
  • An Early Termination Fee of up to $240 applies and an unreturned router charge will be applied in accordance with MyRepublic’s Residential One Time Charges guide
  • Full T&C’s 
Best Service
70

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
70

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 for gamers and streamers

Super Fast
78

Fibre Pro Flexi Fibre Pro - just $89/mth, no fixed...

from $89.00 /mo
950Mbps 500Mbps
Unlimited data
Super Fast
78

Fibre Pro Flexi Fibre Pro - just $89/mth, no fixed...

Enjoy the freedom of the open term contract and pay just $89/month for a super-fast Fibre Pro! T&C's apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

open term

Included features

Rental router

Terms and conditions

Best Service
80

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
80

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

Sign up for an Ultra Unlimited plan before 31/03/2021 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 31/03/2021
Mobile Bundle
78

Ultimate Unlimited Fibre Bundle Get $100 Credit, FREE Wifi Extender...

from $96.00 /mo
950Mbps 500Mbps
Unlimited data
Mobile Bundle
78

Ultimate Unlimited Fibre Bundle Get $100 Credit, FREE Wifi Extender...

Get super fast unlimited broadband for only $96/mth if you have a 2degrees Pay Monthly Mobile Plan! Get a $100 Welcome Credit plus FREE Amazon Prime Video and Prime Gaming on 2degrees for a year on a
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Rental router / Mobile

Terms and conditions

  • ​Limited time only. New customers only on a 12 month Unlimited Broadband plan & a Pay Monthly mobile plan.
  • Early exit fee of up to $199 will apply on a pro-rated basis if you leave within 12 months.
  • $96 offer: $106 (Ultimate Unlimited Plan price) - $10 (Pay Monthly bundle discount) = $96/month for 12 months
  • Mobile fees extra.
  • Discounts may not be applied until your second bill.
  • Joining Credit: For new customer only & repayable if leaving / downgrading in the first 12 months.
  • Free Wireless Extender: available for new customers signing up on a 12-month term to the Ultimate Unlimited Broadband Plan.
  • Free Wireless Extender is only available if you pick the 2degrees modem option and not available for BYO Modem. For more information click here.
  • Free Wireless Extender offer expires 07/04/2021
  • $15 rental modem S&H & non-standard installation fees apply.
  • Discounts not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.
  • 2degrees may amend or cancel this offer at any time.

Full Broadband T&C's

Amazon Prime Video on 2degrees for 12 months: 

  • Valid for 12 months after date of activation (currently up to $8.99/month value). 
  • Offer subject to change.  
  • Prime Video offer must be activated within 30 days of the customer receiving the activation link email. 
  • After 12 months, standard charge for Prime Video of $8.99 per month will apply. 
  • 12 month term and Unlimited Broadband required to be eligible. 
  • Amazon, Prime Video, and all related logos and motion marks are trademarks of Amazon.com Inc.

Full Promotional T&C's

Best Wireless broadband plans for university students

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

from $55.00 /mo
36Mbps 10Mbps
600 GB data
Mobile Bundle
78

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 until 31 March 2021, when signing onto a 24 month, 12 month or open term Unlimited or Ultimate Home broadband Fibre100, Fibre200, FibreMax, VDSL, ADSL or HFC Max plan. Or who sign onto a 12 month Wireless broadband 300GB, 600GB plan.
  • Only applies to the standard monthly plan charge.
  • Will first appear on your first or second bill.
  • Not available with other offers. 
  • 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
2 months FREE
65

RBI 4G 120Gb Get 2 months FREE! Call now: 0800 7...

from $0.00 /mo
First 2 months then 95.99/month
36Mbps 10Mbps
120 GB data
2 months FREE
65

RBI 4G 120Gb Get 2 months FREE! Call now: 0800 7...

Sign up for a rural wireless plan on a 24-month term before 28/02/2021 and get 2 months FREE! Offer is only available for new Farmside RBI customers. Terms and Conditions apply.
Terms and Conditions apply

Full plan details

Contract options

24 months

Included features

Rental router

Terms and conditions

  • Offer is only available to new Farmside RBI customers, signing up to a 120gb or 200gb RBI Wireless Broadband plan, for a 24 month term.
  • 2 months free only applies to the standard monthly plan charge. 
  • Applied when your broadband becomes active and will appear on your first or second bill.
  • Will be debited back if plan is downgraded during the first 6 months of the term or terminated before the end of the term. 
  • Early Disconnection Fees apply
  • Rural Wireless Broadband and 4G not available everywhere. Connection not guaranteed. 
  • Additional charges may apply for Managed Installations & additional travel.
  • Farmside will supply required equipment. $15 modem postage and handling fee applies. Modem required to be returned at customer’s cost if plan is terminated within 12 months of 24 month term. 
  • Offer available until 28/02/2021, unless Farmside, in its sole discretion chooses to extend it.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other Farmside promotions.
  • Standard Terms & Conditions apply
1mth HALF PRICE
26

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
26

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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