It’s that time of the year again. You know, the one where I make an apparently random post about student broadband deals from Virgin Media. For those of you who want to know why I bother, bear with me. However, if you’re here looking for the most cost efficient way of getting internet (and/or tv & a phone line) into your student house, I suggest you look no further than Virgin Media’s 9 month student bundles:
Virgin Media’s “leading offer” is the 30Mb Solus Package at £22.50 per month, but I would actually recommend that students go for the 60Mb Solus package at £27.50 per month. For an extra £5 per month you are getting double the download speed which will come in handy for houses where big groups will be online at the same time.
Virgin Media – a complete list of 9 month student packages for 2013/2014
Broadband Only Student Deals
30Mb Broadband Solus package (£22.50 a month)
60Mb Broadband Solus package (£27.50 a month) – BEST VALUE
Broadband & Phone Student Deals
30Mb Broadband + Phone (£14.50 + £14.99 line rental a month)
60Mb Broadband + Phone (£19.50 + £14.99 line rental a month)
Broadband, Phone & TV Student Deals
30 Mb Broadband + TV + Phone (£22 + £14.99 line rental a month)
60 Mb Broadband + TV + Phone (£27 + £14.99 line rental a month)
As always, a one off installation fee of £49.95 applies to all of the above packages. Full terms and conditions are available at the time of purchase from Virgin Media.
SMARTER HOUSING – Raising The Standard of Student Accommodation
My affinity to Virgin Media stems from my first business, Smarter Housing. To cut to the chase the business went wrong in a big way whilst I was getting divorced but until the time when I took my eye off the ball it was growing rapidly. As the first company to focus on privately rented student accommodation, Smarter Housing had many advantages over traditional letting agents but the relevant one, for the sake of this post, is that broadband was included within the rent. Financially, this wasn’t a big deal as a typical package would cost under £5 per person per week. The real advantage was that students would move into a property with broadband already up and running.
If you’ve never rented student accommodation then this might not seem like a big deal. However, try moving to student digs in any given September and placing a broadband order…. yep. See you in October, November or December :). Systems for the big broadband providers would simply get overwhelmed with an influx of orders and the backlog would mean some students faced a lengthy wait for their broadband installation date.
Dealing with more than 100 student broadband accounts at a time I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that Virgin Media were far and away the most organised company. It’s just an added bonus that their cable services are cheaper than other ISPs.