If you’re moving to the UK, either for the first time or moving back, having some kind of broadband connection is going to be essential.
If you’re not used to how the system works here in the UK, you’re in the right place. We’re going to explain how to find out what broadband is available, how to compare prices and how to ensure you’re getting a good deal.
By the end of this piece, you’ll have everything you need to make an informed decision about broadband at your new home!
Broadband in the UK
Most properties in the UK will be able to have some kind of broadband connection. Whether that’s using a telephone line to provide basic connectivity or full fibre to the building, there’s usually an option.
If you’re moving into a shared house, there is likely to be broadband already.
If you’re moving into a rented house, chances are there is a physical connection. If there is, you should be able to sign up and get connected. If there isn’t, you’ll need permission in writing from the landlord granting permission to have broadband installed.
If you’re buying your home, you can do whatever you like!
Broadband in the UK is largely hands-off. This means once you sign up for a deal, the provider takes care of everything. All you’ll need to do is be there on the day to allow engineer access for installation, if required.
How to find broadband deals in the UK
The easiest way to find broadband deals in the UK is to use a comparison website, such as Broadband.co.uk.
As long as you know your new postcode, you can check all your options and sign up for a deal whenever you’re ready.
Not all comparison websites compare all broadband providers, so it’s a good idea to check a number of them to get the whole picture.
What is a good broadband speed?
A ‘good’ broadband speed gives you enough to achieve what you need it to achieve.
Smaller households or those who don’t use the internet that much should be fine with around 35Mbps, which is what you’ll get from any cheap fibre optic deal.
Larger households, those who use the internet a lot, work from home or use streaming platforms may benefit from faster broadband or full fibre.
What is a good price?
A good price for broadband will depend entirely on the speed you’re buying.
Basic broadband can cost from as little as £20 per month and should deliver upwards of 35Mbps.
Full fibre or cable broadband can cost a little more, from £50 upwards depending on the speed you’re buying and any added features.
Some broadband deals that come with TV, phone and mobile will cost more, but provide three or four services for that price.
These services are called ‘triple play’ or ‘quad play’ and can offer good value for money if you’re likely to use all of the services.
What providers should I consider?
Broadband in the UK is overseen by Ofcom. This organisation measures complaints and overall performance, so is a good source of information.
Their complaint report helps give insight into which broadband providers receive the most complaints and which receive the fewest. While not a concrete measure, it can help you make a decision.
Currently, EE, BT and Sky all receive the fewest complaints, while Shell Energy and Virgin Media received the most.
Also, look for providers that offer new customer discounts or free gifts. Make sure to calculate the overall cost over the contract, though, as not all ‘free’ gifts are actually free!
When can I sign up for broadband?
You can sign up for broadband around a month before you move into your property.
Any sooner and you may not have the keys. Any later and the provider may not be able to schedule installation on the day you want.
If there’s a delay when installing, you can tether your mobile phone to your device to provide basic connectivity.
Broadband in the UK
It’s a simple process to access broadband in the UK. Simply find a deal you like, sign up for the deal and set a start date.
If installation is required, the provider will take care of everything. All you need to do is set up a direct debit and pay until the end of the contract.
It’s a shame not everything in life is so easy!