Price or flexibility?
In recent years, the big providers have introduced more flexible broadband deals aimed at those living in shared accommodation, including those in the student market. In theory, shorter term deals should mean cheaper ones. And if you’re a student, having the internet for a month, two months, nine or 10 months, as opposed to a full year, may well be of interest.
However, it’s worth remembering that many providers offer incentives to get you to sign up for 12 months – these can include free services or reduced price services for a period of time – so it’s a good idea to do a thorough comparison of all package prices.
If price is your deciding factor, you might find it works out cheaper to pay for the entire period or pay a cancellation fee on a 12-month contract, rather than taking out a shorter specialist package. But, if flexibility is very important to you, there are providers who will offer contracts that are one to nine months in length and only require one month’s notice – although you’ll often find yourself paying more per month for these services. Remember, regardless of the contract, you need to factor in any upfront fees for equipment or installation