The Internet and Student Housing

A Student Housing Internet network is not an easy thing to setup. It’s not like setting up a an Internet connection that 1 or 2 people are going to use. A multi-family house, and, in some cases, a large multi-level building raise the difficulty bar several fold and can cause a continuation of problems if not done right, following proper safety protocols along the way. Also finding a medium between what is needed and excess is important to both give students a fast, reliable internet without a property owner breaking his or her budget in the process. Setting up and maintaining a student housing internet network can be quite the challenge to say the least.

It All Starts With Bandwith

The current debate in the industry is what exactly the standard should be for bandwith when setting up and maintaining a broadband internet network for a multi-family complex. A gigabit is on the forefront of this standard but some say that is simply for advertising sake. “Gigabit Internet” is an attractive addition to anyone looking for student housing.

Expectations are generally low of students looking for housing so a powerful Internet setup can be a huge selling point, especially to today’s tech savvy generation. When it actually comes down to the technology that is needed, many student housing bandwidth pipes fall between 200 and 500 Megabits (basically, half a gig is the top off point).

1 gig Internet is, more times than not, more than is needed for a student housing complex. Also, it is important for property owners to get the most out of their individual bandwidth while keeping the community-wide bandwidth costs low. However, it is also important to understand your residents’ internet usage needs.

Are the housing students regularly downloading music, movies or video games? are they just streaming Netflix regularly while they binge on their favorite shows?

Even if there is only one student on a Gigabit network they may not see the full 1 Gigabit download upload speed potential. The average download speed in the U.S. is only around 31 Mbps, a far cry from other countries such as Japan where the citizens average around 100 Mbps. It is a bit strange to think that the country that invented the Internet doesn’t actually have the fastest Internet speeds on the planet.

For student housing users, slower speeds can be caused by a multitude of things ranging from, a wireless connection instead of a wired connection, proximity to the wireless access point, antiquated hardware such as a network interface card, or a slow website server.

Furthermore, depending on the student housing company the setups may vary or be non-existent all together. Rochester Smart Student Housing currently does not offer Internet access but this can change in the future as they are a rapidly expanding student housing company located in Rochester NY.

When promoting a student housing internet , it’s important to differentiate between bandwidth and download/upload speeds and to educate a potential property renter on what exactly they can expect.