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Virgin Media Launch Special Broadband Deals for UK Students

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 (7:43 am) - Score 1,931
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Cable ISP Virgin Media has launched a new range of specially priced broadband packages and bundles that have been designed for students and offer a 30 day contract. For example, the 54Mbps broadband-only service costs £33 a month, which is the same as the non-student package on a 12 month term.

The needs of a student often aren’t that different from those of a large family, particularly if you have to share the accommodation with others. In that sense there will often be a demand for premium TV services, superfast broadband speeds, affordability and unlimited usage.

On the other hand a normal consumer will often remain in the same property for several years, while students are usually only in the same place for up to around 9 months of any given year and this may create a problem since most big broadband ISPs sell services based on longer 12, 18 or even 24 month contract terms.

In the past BT and Virgin Media have tried to solve this by offering special 9 month contract terms to students at a special price, but this year Virgin Media has gone one better and made their 30 day rolling contracts available to students and at roughly the same price as normal subscribers would pay for a 12 month term.

As usual subscribers can also expect to receive a SuperHub wireless router, unlimited usage, access to Virgin’s WiFi hotspots (e.g. London Underground Stations), a v6 set-top-box (on the TV bundle), internet security / parental controls, free UK weekend phone calls (on the phone and or TV bundle) and email. Customers will also be charged a £20 one-off setup fee or £40 for an engineer standard installation (if needed).

Virgin Media Student Deals

Product Monthly
Vivid 50 broadband only (average speed 54Mbps) £33
Vivid 100 broadband only (average speed 108Mbps) £38
Vivid 200 broadband only (average speed 213Mbps) £43
Vivid 350 broadband only (average speed 362Mbps) £48
Vivid 50 broadband and phone (average speed 54Mbps) £40
Vivid 100 broadband and phone (average speed 108Mbps). £45
Vivid 200 broadband and phone (average speed 213Mbps) £50
Vivid 350 broadband and phone (average speed 362Mbps) £55
Player TV bundle and vivid 50 broadband (average speed 54Mbps) and phone £48

The new deals will be available to order until the end of October 2018, although many students usually sort out what they need for the coming year during the summer break. One slight problem this morning is that if you follow the link to Virgin’s student page then somebody has forgotten to link the ‘Compare deals‘ button (i.e. it doesn’t work). Hopefully they’ll fix that later today.

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4 Responses
  1. Meadmodj

    Are they including origami in the syllabus so the responsible student (if they can find one) can cancel and send the kit back in time?. Many landlords already provide broadband in their rent and most students I know are more interested in Netflix/Prime/Now.

    • un4h731x0rp3r0m

      “…can cancel and send the kit back in time?”

      Its a 30 day contract so you can just cancel at basically anytime and then send any router etc back.

    • Meadmodj

      If this is targeted at students, it will not always happen.

    • un4h731x0rp3r0m

      What will not always happen? Please explain.

      Returning kit to Virgin is free of charge. Your cancellation date is given via email and/or over the phone when you contact them to cancel.

      Older (IE V2 kit and prior gen tv boxes) you do not even have to return.

      Newer kit which you are likely to have if its a new contract comes with a returns label and packaging included to enable you to return it should you leave.

      If you loose that label etc (though you would have to be a bit dim to do so if you are on a monthly contract and know you are not going to be a customer for very long)…. In that case though you you can still request a new label and packaging at the time you phone/email them to cancel the service.

      So im not sure what you mean and why a student can not return things or would have trouble doing so. If you are implying they are too lazy walk to the posting point to return items, then like most ISPs they will be billed for the kit if it is the latest gen routers, tv boxes etc. (older kit like v2 boxes as mentioned does not need be returned and no charges are made for its non return).

      So what is the issue exactly?

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