Virgin Media, the UK’s biggest cable operator, is the first provider to unveil student broadband packages ahead of the start of the autumn term.

Packages are being offered on short 9 month contracts to match the length of the academic year unlike Virgin Media’s traditional contracts which run for either 12 or 18 months.

Virgin’s student packages start from £22.50 a month for up to 30Mbps fibre optic broadband without a phone line. All options include broadband with no download caps and an inclusive Virgin Media Super Hub wireless router.

Unlike its current online deals, Virgin isn’t offering free installation for online student broadband orders meaning any service will be subject to a one-off fee of £49.95. TV packages include a free V HD set-top box in place of the usual TiVo digital TV recorder.

Although there is a 9 month minimum term contract, customers still have to request cancellation 30 days before they intend to discontinue their service, otherwise Virgin Media will continue to bill for the full monthly amount.

Paul France, CEO of Ofcom approved comparison site, said “{{Virgin Media is first out of the blocks this year with a variety of student broadband deals that should suit most students}}, whether they’re living alone or in a shared house.”

“There may be some confusion at the end of the academic year if students have neglected to give 30 days notice for cancellation. Our advice to consumers is to read the small print to help them avoid any unexpected charges.”


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