Student phone plans in Australia

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Best mobile plans for students

When you're a student, getting value for your limited money is very important. Fortunately, data these days isn't too expensive, so you can get a solid 20-30GB a month for $30 or less.

How did we choose our best picks?

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Mobile plans compared

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Mobile providers

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Expert picks

Every month, our team of experts sift through the hundred of plans available in our Mobile Plan Finder™ to find the best deals in the market. We find ones that we think are best suited for you across a number of categories. None of our picks are sponsored - we also take into account mobile providers and plans that we aren't partnered with - so that our winners for each category are chosen without bias.

We take these factors into account when choosing our winners:

  • Price per month (and whether promotional pricing is involved)
  • Data allowance
  • Plan length
  • Other notable features such as data banking, network coverage and international inclusions


Keep in mind: Our best picks may not be the best for you. Always compare your options and choose the one that best suits what you're looking for.


Best student phone plan:

TPG Super Value Large 40GB $29.99 1 Month

SIM-only - Prepaid

You might know TPG as an Internet provider, but did you know they also do mobile plans? TPG's 40GB plan is perfect for students who want data at a lower price point.

Be aware that it's only $15 a month for the first 3 months, then $29.99 a month from your 7th month onwards. So if you're not willing to pay the full price after, you'll need to switch prepaid plans.

  • 40GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $15 per month
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Runner up for best plan:

iiNet 4G $29.99 SIM Only Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

We picked iiNet as the next best plan that offers 25GB of data a month for students.

Keep in mind that the price is only for the first six months. It then reverts to $29.99 a month from your seventh month onwards. So if the full price does not suit your budget, you'll need to look for another prepaid plan.

  • 25GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $15 per month
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Best cheap mobile plan for students:

TPG Super Value Small 8GB $19.99 1 Month

SIM-only - Prepaid

We had to sneak another TPG plan here since they're pretty great 3 month deals. If you're not looking for a lot of data because you either don't use your phone a lot, or you're usually connected to Wi-Fi, this plan is a steal!

You'll get 8GB for just $10 on this plan. To compare, most $10 prepaid plans give you less than 1GB to use a month. Remember though, the price is only for the first 3 months, so you'll need to pay $19.99 a month from your 4th month onwards.

  • 8GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $10 per month
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Next best cheap plan:

Lycamobile Prepaid 5GB $20 28 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Lycamobile might not be a big provider, but its plan definitely offers a great value this month. If you sign up before January 31, it's $5 for the first 28 days, then $20 per 28 days on your second recharge onwards.

You can get 8GB data in the plan and make calls without any worry with unlimited calls and texts.

  • 8GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $20 per 28 days
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Best high data mobile plan:

amaysim 4G Prepaid SIM-only 30GB $30 28 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

amaysim's prepaid plan offers great long-term value, unlike other prepaid plans around this price point which come with promotional pricing or data terms attached. amaysim keeps it simple - get 30GB + 20GB bonus data on your first three recharges for just $9 on your first renewal until 31 January 2021.

  • 50GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $30 per 28 days
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What is a good phone plan for students?

A good phone plan depends on what you're planning to use your phone for, be it work, entertainment or study.

Did you know? A 2019 Finder survey found that 21% of gen Z members had faced an unexpectedly high phone bill in the last 12 months.

It's important to figure what to look at when you're comparing plans to find the best one. To help you out, we've broken down four things to consider, other than cost, when picking the right plan for you.

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Discounts

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Flexibility

Provider discounts aimed specifically at students aren't super common, but they might be a better, cheaper option for you. We've summarised all the student discounts available for Aussie students further down the page.

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Over 20% off for 12 months - pay $30 for 100GB of data per month. Plan reverts to $38 for 100GB per month after 12 months. T&Cs apply.

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Is budgeting your main concern? The student discounts offered by the big 3 providers might not be the best value plans out there. There's no need to splash out on a fancy mobile plan when there are plenty of good, cheap options on the market. Even if you spend most of your time glued to your campus or home Wi-Fi, these $20 and under plans will give you a fair chunk of data to meet your on-the-go needs.

If you want to take advantage of a deal or special, go for one that lasts longer than a month so it doesn't fizzle out right away.

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Name Product Features Data Price
Monthly winner: Prepaid
TPG Super Value Extra Large 55GB $39.99 1 Month
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • New customers pay $20/month for the first 3 months, then $39.99/month.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
55GB
Data
$20
per 1 months
55GB
Data
$20
per 1 months
Go to site
View details
Moose 23.80 20GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Pay $19.80/mth instead of $23.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$19.80
per month
20GB
Data
$19.80
per month
Go to site
View details
TPG Super Value Large 40GB $29.99 1 Month
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • New customers pay $15/month for the first 3 months, then $29.99/month.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$15
per 1 months
40GB
Data
$15
per 1 months
Go to site
View details
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 12GB $20 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12GB
Data
$20
per month
12GB
Data
Catch Connect 4G 15GB $20 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Save $10 - Pay $10 instead of $20, then $20 ongoing recharges. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 16 February 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
15GB
Data
$20
per 30 days expiry
15GB
Data
$20
per 30 days expiry
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Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.03.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
TPG Super Value Small 8GB $19.99 1 Month
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • New customers pay $10/month for the first 3 months, then $19.99/month.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$10
per 1 months
8GB
Data
$10
per 1 months
Go to site
View details
Moose 15.80 6GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Pay $12.80/mth instead of $15.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
Go to site
View details
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 3GB $15 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
3GB
Data
$15
per month
3GB
Data
Southern Phone Small SIM-only $20 Plan 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
2.5GB
Data
$20
per month
2.5GB
Data
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Which phone companies offer student discounts?

Right now, student phone deals are only being offered by the three biggest telcos: Optus, Vodafone and Telstra. We've listed them below, but keep in mind that just because they're discounts, doesn't mean they'll be your best option. Smaller MVNOs might still have more competitively priced plans, however, these discounted plans from the big three will have plenty of bonus features that you won't find elsewhere.

Vodafone student plans

Vodafone has joined forces with student deal organisation UNiDAYS to create some student-exclusive deals and discounts. By registering your student ID with UNiDAYS, you'll be available to view student discounts from Vodafone.

Vodafone's current student discount is on its SIM-only Lite plan, where you can save $5/month for the first 12 months.

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Name Product Features Data Price
Vodafone SIM-only Lite 10GB $40 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Save $5/mth - pay $35 instead of $40 over 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 28 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 2Mbps after full speed data used up
$35
per month
50GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 2Mbps after full speed data used up
$35
per month
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These deals are constantly changing, so keep checking Vodafone's student portal for the latest deals.

On top of student benefits, Vodafone's SIM-only plans provide "endless data", where you can continue using data past your monthly limit at 1.5Mbps to 25Mbps for free, plus get 12 months of Amazon Prime.

Optus student plans

As long as you have a valid student email, Optus will give you a 10% discount on its more expensive SIM-only plans for the first 12 months. As well as that, you'll receive the usual Optus extras, including data sharing between plans on the same account and access to exclusive Premier League live content streaming.

Optus's 10% discount is valid for the below plans, but you'll need to sign up to these plans via its Student Hub to grab the discount:

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Telstra student plans

Register your student email and get 10% off of Telstra's entire range of SIM-only plans for the first 12 months. On top of that, you'll benefit from Telstra's many included extras: potential 5G access, "endless data", a 3-month BINGE subscription, Telstra Plus rewards and access to the Telstra Air national Wi-Fi network.

You can take a look at Telstra's full range of SIM-only plans in the table below. Remember, you'll only get the student discount if you register with your student email.

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Name Product Features Data Price
Telstra SIM-only S $55 40GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$55
per month
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
Telstra SIM-only M $65 80GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$65
per month
80GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
Telstra SIM-only L $85 120GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$85
per month
120GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
Telstra SIM-only XL $115 180GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Save $600 - Get $50/mth bill credit if you stay connected for 12 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 01 March 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
180GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$65
per month
180GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
Telstra Upfront SIM-only S $55 40GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$55
per month
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
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FAQs about student phone plans

Can students get a phone contract?

You can sign onto a contract as a student once you hit 18, but you won't get a discount. All three of the big telcos exclude device repayment plans from their student discounts. If you want to go on a phone contract with no discount and you're under 18, it will have to be in your parent or guardian's name.

Can I get a student discount on a new phone?

No. Your best bet is to buy your new handset outright and then invest in a separate, high-value SIM-only plan, which you can get a discount on. This way, you'll still enjoy a bit of a discount that you wouldn't get if you got your phone on a contract.

Phone plans for students: An overview

ProviderMobile planMonthly cost
TPG MobileSuper Value Large Plan 25GB$15
OptusPrepaid Epic Data Plan 35GB$30
Catch15GB Prepaid Plan$20
TPG MobileSuper Value Small Plan 6GB$10
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    AishwaryaJuly 18, 2017

    I have shifted to Brisbane yesterday and as a international student I am looking for best plan for myself within a budget. I want unlimited international and national calls with good data pack.

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      JonathanJuly 19, 2017

      Hello Aishwarya,

      Thank you for inquiry today. :)

      You are on the right page! Use our comparison table and follow these steps:

      1. Click the (+) sign of Modify Results Tab.
      2. Choose if you want to take a phone or just a sim.
      3. Select your provider.
      4. Adjust your usage based on price, calls, messages and data.

      The suggestions below will be adjusted based on your preferences. You may click “Go to Site” green button of your chosen provider to proceed with your application.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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