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I'm going to be moving out with 3 others, so in total there will be 4 of us, I was just wondering, would £200 for 12 months (£17 per month) be enough to get a good internet.

-We do have lots of devices and will likely be streaming videos often
-We are likely going to download big files from time to time but not often.

what would a good internet speed be?
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Well, first of all, it really depends on where you live and what kind of speed is available to you. My significant other and I would love to have gotten 200 Mbps and would have paid the price, but all we can get is 10 Mbps (honestly, what a pisstake).
Once you've figured out what speed is available to where you will live, then think about the usage. If you're going to be streaming videos often and downloading some big files, 100 Mbps should be more than enough.
Is the £200 per month for internet or just in general? £200 a month is more than enough, internet doesn't cost THAT much. Just have a look at your providers and then figure out what is best for you.
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Far more than enough. I got loads of devices at home and get tv including bt sport, broadband and calls for 55 quid a month. 200 is hugely overkill.
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Well, first of all, it really depends on where you live and iwhat kind of speed is available to you. My significant other and I would love to have gotten 200 Mbps and would have paid the price, but all we can get is 10 Mbps (honestly, what a pisstake).
Once you've figured out what speed is available to where you will live, then think about the usage. If you're going to be streaming videos often and downloading some big files, 100 Mbps should be more than enough.
Is the £200 per month for internet or just in general? £200 a month is more than enough, internet doesn't cost THAT much. Just have a look at your providers and then figure out what is best for you.
it's £200 for 12 months, a lot of the internet speeds here is like 10Mbps. How is 10Mbps for you?
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Far more than enough. I got loads of devices at home and get tv including bt sport, broadband and calls for 55 quid a month. 200 is hugely overkill.
*£200 for 12 months :'(
£17 per month T_T
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it's £200 for 12 months, a lot of the internet speeds here is like 10Mbps. How is 10Mbps for you?
Oh 200 per year. T hats what 17 a month which is good I feel.. I'd aim for 20Mbps minimum to avoid any problems.
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£200 is far more than you need. Even the most expensive Internet packages come to around £50 a month. Check what's available, but between 4 people I'd expect you each to be paying at most £10-15 a month.
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(Original post by joyoustele)
it's £200 for 12 months, a lot of the internet speeds here is like 10Mbps. How is 10Mbps for you?
Eek. £17 a month, I'm not quite sure what you'll be able to get for that. We currently pay about £30 a month. 10 Mbps isn't THAT bad if you're working, but you have to be prepared to have really slow download speeds. Streaming and gaming usually don't have that many issues but you won't be able to watch everything in HD. Gaming often lags. It's not ideal but the UK isn't that advanced when it comes to wifi unfortunately.
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Does anyone have virgin media and would anyone recommend it
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if you are going to be watching HD movies and play online game on console. I would 1000% get fibre broadband you will need it especially if all 4 of you plan to use the internet at the same time. this will cost you at least 25£ a month. but if you don't mind buffering and lag and are on a budget 17£ will just about be enough for standard broadband
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£200 is far more than you need. Even the most expensive Internet packages come to around £50 a month. Check what's available, but between 4 people I'd expect you each to be paying at most £10-15 a month.
*£17 for 12 months
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(Original post by joyoustele)
*£200 for 12 months :'(
£17 per month T_T
£17 per month per person, or altogether? Ideally you'll want to aim for more than 10-20Mbps but if that's £17 altogether your options will be severely limited. IMO a slower reliable connection is better than a fast unreliable one
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£17 is enough for sufficient speeds to download/stream from multiple devices.
My household currently pays £23/month for around 40Mbps and there's 6 of us in the household (landline & broadband).

This was a new contract with Vodafone.

You'll just need to shop around but there are definitely deals that will suffice for your needs for the £17/month that you have.
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£17 per month per person, or altogether? Ideally you'll want to aim for more than 10-20Mbps but if that's £17 altogether your options will be severely limited. IMO a slower reliable connection is better than a fast unreliable one
17 all together, out budget that we have been allocated is £200 for the whole year. But we wont be moving in for 3 months of that whole year, therefore we would only need the internet for about 9 months, there doesnt seem to be anyproviders that do 9 months though, so it seems 12 months is our only option...so 200/12 which gives us the 17 per month as a whole (for 4 people).
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Why don't you use Google and search for student deals?

https://www.bt.com/broadband/student-deals
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(Original post by joyoustele)
17 all together, out budget that we have been allocated is £200 for the whole year. But we wont be moving in for 3 months of that whole year, therefore we would only need the internet for about 9 months, there doesnt seem to be anyproviders that do 9 months though, so it seems 12 months is our only option...so 200/12 which gives us the 17 per month as a whole (for 4 people).
Are you students?

You can definitely get 9 month contracts as I had one with Virgin Media last year in my shared uni house
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(Original post by joyoustele)
17 all together, out budget that we have been allocated is £200 for the whole year. But we wont be moving in for 3 months of that whole year, therefore we would only need the internet for about 9 months, there doesnt seem to be anyproviders that do 9 months though, so it seems 12 months is our only option...so 200/12 which gives us the 17 per month as a whole (for 4 people).
I believe BT are the only company to do 9 months but you'd actually end up paying more than a 12-month contract so it's really not worth it.
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Are you students?

You can definitely get 9 month contracts as I had one with Virgin Media last year in my shared uni house
Yes, we are students
All the contracts i see are 12 or 18 months
I will try and search for a 9 month one
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It's also worth noting that providers usually charge a one time start-up/joining fee.
Varies from company but it's usually around an additional £10-£30.
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(Original post by joyoustele)
Yes, we are students
All the contracts i see are 12 or 18 months
I will try and search for a 9 month one
There are some, but as mentioned above in some cases they work out more expensive than the 12 month contracts.

I assume this means you'll be moving in around September and what broadband until around June the following year? Have you looking at what is actually available in your area? Because searching for deals is pointless unless you know what is actually available to install.

Also worth checking with the landlord to see what may or may not have been installed previously. If you went with Virgin for example (ignore that they're too expensive), and nobody had ever installed Virgin before, you'd need an engineer to come out and wire up a new access point because Virgin use a proprietary socket. That involves making small changes to the building, which you may need to get the approval of the landlord for.
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