NBN plans for renters

Keep costs low when you’re renting an apartment or a house with the best NBN plans for renters.

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With more than 30% of Australians renting, it's important to not just blindly pick an NBN plan that doesn't suit your living situation. When it comes to getting an NBN plan for your rental, you're probably looking for a month-to-month option to give you the flexibility to stop or switch at any time. You also probably don't want to spend too much for your plan each month either.

Compare NBN plans for renters

While there's no singular NBN plan that's the best for renters, we've shown only month-to-month no-contract plans in the table below, with the price filter set to $70 or under. You can adjust these filters yourself if you're looking for something else.

What's the best Internet plan for renters?

When you're renting, your priorities are likely a little different from someone who will be staying in one place for a long time. You want to spend the least amount of money as possible on fees that will be repeated if you move or change plans, so focus on plans with:

  • No contracts. Locking into something with steep exit fees is bad when you might be forced to move and break the contract. Take a look at no-lock-in contract NBN plans instead.
  • Low/zero set-up fees. Having to shell out a few hundred dollars for plan activation every time you move isn't ideal.
  • Optional modem. If you already have a modem from a previous provider or house, find a provider that will let you reuse it, rather than wasting money on buying a new one.
  • Introductory discount. A fair few providers will give you discounted prices for the first three to six months of your plan.

If you're searching through our tables of plans, you can check out contracts and fees under the "view details" tab.

As a starting point, here are NBN 50 plans from five of our partner providers that suit most or all of the above criteria:

  • Tangerine XL Speed Boost. Six-month discount, BYO modem, no set-up fees, no contracts.
  • Aussie Broadband Everyday. BYO modem, no set-up fees, no contracts.
  • iiNet NBN50. BYO modem, no set-up fees, choice between six-month contract and monthly.
  • MyRepublic Unlimited Essential. BYO modem, no set-up fees, choice between 12-month contract and monthly.
  • Kogan Silver. Six-month discount, BYO modem, no set-up fees, no contracts.

Remember, there is no singular best plan for everyone. Make sure you compare your options to find the right NBN plan for your needs.

What NBN speed do I need?

This is always a tricky question to answer, but ultimately it comes down to how many people in your house will be using the Internet and what they'll be using it for.

We have some general speed suggestions below for household size, but these will vary. If you all have different schedules, you won't need as fast Internet. If you're all working from home or streaming at the same time, you'll probably need to step up.

1–2 people

For one or two individuals, an NBN 25 plan should be fine. However, if you're both working from home, you might want to bump that up to NBN 50.

3–4 people

An NBN 50 plan will likely be enough for this size household. But if you're all gaming and streaming around the same time, stepping it up to NBN 100 could be a good idea to avoid slowdowns and dropouts.

4–5 people

This size household probably calls for an NBN 100 plan, though it's possible you could get away with NBN 50 if a couple of the members are light users (browsing, social media, emails). Might be better to be safe than sorry and go with an NBN 100 plan here though.

5+ people

This is a big household, with high Internet needs. NBN 100 will almost certainly be called for, or even NBN 250 if it's available for your connection type.

4 steps to get online when moving

If you're about to move to a new address, there are a couple of things you should do to make sure the Internet is up and running when you arrive.

  1. Check the connection type. If you pop your address into our comparison table above, we'll filter plans to show the ones with the correct NBN technology at your new place. This may affect what plans you can sign up for: Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) means you can get anything, while Fibre to the Node (FTTN) might make even an NBN 100 plan not as fast as it could be.
  2. Notify your old provider. Let your current provider know the date you're moving, so you don't end up paying extra bills for the address you've left.
  3. Sign up to a new plan beforehand. Buy your selected NBN plan a little ahead of time so that it's all ready for activation when you get there. If you need a new modem, you'll also need to think about how much time it might take for your modem to be delivered before you can get online.
  4. Note down contact details. Make sure you have the tech support number handy, in case you run into problems setting up the connection at the new address.

Alternatives to the NBN

It's possible you're moving way too frequently to even bother with fixed line connections, or you can't agree on a plan with your housemates. In this situation, you might consider:

  • Mobile broadband. Portable Internet that taps into the same mobile phone network as a phone is known as mobile broadband. It's more convenient but not as competitively priced than fixed-line home Internet.
  • Home wireless. Similar to mobile broadband, home wireless broadband is less portable, but has higher data caps and usually offers a more stable, reliable connection.

While speeds on both mobile broadband and home wireless are pretty decent, they are more vulnerable to signal interference so you might find patchy speeds depending on your location.

Do I need landlord permission to install NBN?

Rarely. If the NBN has already been installed and connected at your new address, you won't need to chat to your landlord at all.

But if the apartment or house is a new development with no previous NBN connection, installation work needing your landlord's permission could be required. Find out more on NBN apartment installation.

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