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Affordable Data Plans for Students in Nigeria 

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Cheapest data plans for students in Nigeria
Written by Robin Okwanma

The internet has so much become an integral part of people’s lives – that includes Nigerians. We are well aware of how much students need internet data to obtain study resources in the modern day. We welcome you to a quick tour of the most affordable data plans for students in Nigeria. And we know getting internet data in Nigeria is quite expensive – compared to the rest of Africa.

 

You will definitely need this information soon. That is, if you are serious about getting pocket-friendly data plans. Especially the cheapest and affordable data plans for students in Nigeria. And of course you fall in this category. Get your pens ready, and let’s save you of unnecessary expenses in data usage as a Nigerian student. 

Intro into the Affordable Data Plans for Students in Nigeria: A Quick Note

We can thankfully say all the major telecom mobile operators in Nigeria now offer similarly cheap cellular data deals. They cover daily, weekly, monthly (and even quarterly or yearly) 4G data plans. We are speaking of Airtel, 9mobile, MTN and Globacom. Additionally, they all offer night data plans. Which gives you the opportunity to use affordable data plans to browse in the night within specific periods, and cheaply.

So if night browsing is your thing and you want it cheap, here we go. Use our recommendations to get affordable 4G data plans. In fact some of them are specifically targeted at people who need affordable data plans – for students in Nigeria and maybe workers also. 

And for good comparison (if you can afford it), you can subscribe to more than one cellular data plan. Switching between two cellular networks per time can help you stay connected always. So if one mobile network is not performing well, the other one would likely be available. 

These are the current prices for internet data across all mobile networks, as at June 2023.

Cheapest and Affordable Airtel Data Plans for Students in Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria is sure to come quickest to the rescue of Nigerian students. They are at the forefront of providing the most affordable data plans for students in Nigeria, as well as other interested parties. If you have an Airtel SIM card, simply dial *312# to get started. Check out these deals below. 

  1. Airtel 40MB daily plan for N50: The cheapest so far. Use data on the go when it’s urgent. It lasts for a maximum validity period of 24 hours. Dial *312*50# to get started.
  2. Airtel 100MB for N100: You need just a little more? Get more with this deal. And use it for a maximum validity period of 24 hours. Dial *312*100# to get started.
  3. Airtel 200MB for N200: If you are sure of truly being able to manage data, please try this one. It lasts for a maximum validity period of 3 days. Dial *312*200# to get started. 
  4. Airtel 350MB daily plan for N300: Another plan available for low-budget data users. It is meant to last for a maximum validity period of 7 days. Dial *312*300# to get started. 
  5. Airtel 1GB data plan for N300: With just N300, you could get cheap data that lasts up to a maximum of 24 hours. If you are not a heavy data user, by all means try it out. Dial *312*354# to get started.
  6. Airtel Social Bundles: Airtel offers special packages for those who cannot do without social media. They include the following:
  • Pay N500 to get (750MB + 1GB YouTube Night + 200MB Spotify + 210MB Tik Tok + 210MB Airtel TV Streaming). The validity period is a maximum of 14 days. Dial *312*500# to get started.
  • Pay N500 to get (1GB + 1GB YouTube Night + 100MB Spotify + 105MB Tik Tok + 105MB Airtel TV Streaming). The validity period is a maximum of 7 days. Dial *312*502# ti get started.
  • 7. N500 data plan for 2GB: It lasts for a maximum validity period of 2 days. Dial *312*504# to get started.
  • 8. Data & Night Data bundles: This is designed to suit night browsers. There are.currently two plans:
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N60 for 200MB. It is split between day bundle (50MB) and night bundle (150MB). It has maximum validity of 24 hours. Dial *312*60# to get started. 

N120 for 450 MB. It is split between day bundle (120MB) and night bundle (330MB). The maximum validity period is 24 hours. Dial *312*120# to get started. 

Cheapest 9mobile Data Plans for Students in Nigeria

9mobile operates on the principle of the more, the merrier (cheaper). Nevertheless – 9mobile currently offers the following as its most affordable data plans. Find out if it works for you.

  1. N500 for 500MB; maximum validity period is 39 days. Dial *229*2*12# to get started. 
  2. Weekend data festival:
  • N200 for 650MB available up to 5 times a week. You even get 3.17GB bonus data to use for the whole weekend. Dial *229*

                 Daily/Weekly plans + Socials:

  • N50 for 50MB valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *229*3*8# to get started. 
  • N100 for 100MB + social plan valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *229*3*1# to get started
  • N150 for 300MB + 300 bonus seconds of on/offnet calls, valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *229*3*15# to get started.
  • N200 for 250MB valid for a maximum of 7 days. Dial *229*2*10# to start.
  • N200 for 650MB valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *229*3*2# to get started. 
  • N300 for 1GB plan; valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *229*3*3# to get started. 
  • N500 for 2GB + (1GB day + 1 GB Night), to last for a maximum validity period of 3 days. Dial *229*2*15# to get started. 
  • N500 for 2GB plan + socials, valid for a maximum period of 3 days. Dial *229*3*4# to get started. 
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Cheapest Globacom Data Plans for Students in Nigeria

Globacom offers the following cheap deals. Get any of them by dialing *777#.

  • Glo Unlimited Daily Plans:
  • N50 for 50MB, valid for a maximum of 24 hours. 
  • N100 for 150MB, to last for a maximum validity period of 24 hours.
  • Weekly data plans:
  • N200 for 350MB;  to last for a maximum validity period of 2 days 
  • N500 for 1.8GB;  to last for a maximum validity period of 14 days. 

 

  • Special Data: 
  • 300 for 1GB; to last for a maximum validity period of 24 hours
  • N200 for 1.25GB on Sundays
  • N509 for 2GB;  to last for a maximum validity period of 2 days
  • Night plans:
  • N25 for 250MB; to last from 12am to 5pm
  • N50 for 500MB; to last from 12am to 5 pm
  • N100 for 1 GB; to last from 12am to 5pm 

 

  • Campus Booster plans:
  • N100 for 265MB (35MB night plan + 249MB on-campus data); to last for a maximum of 24 hours
  • N200 for 590MB (480MB on-campus data + 110MB night bonus); to last for a maximum validity period of 2 days
  • N500 for 2.6GB (1.6GB on-campus data + 1GB night bonus; to last for a maximum of 14 days.
  • There are also special social media bundles that are cheap, for each social media software. Speaking of WTF bundles that range from N25 to N250 Naira. Speaking of Telegram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatApp and YouTube. Check them out on the Globacom website HERE.

Cheapest MTN Data Plans for Students in Nigeria

MTN offers attractive and the cheapest deals to students in Nigeria, as well as professionals. Note also that MTN is also offering both 4G and 5G LTE data plans and routers. They are made available by dialing *312# or *904#. You can also get MTN data using:

  • myMTN app; 
  • sending the keyword for each plan by text to 312;
  • myMTN web;
  • Zigi chat;
  • MTN VTU/topit; and
  • MTN Facebook handle.
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Check out the prices below.

  1. GoodyBag Social: These plans are available for social media sites such as Facebook, Eskimi, WeChat, 2GO, WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and more. They range from N20 to N100; and are valid for 24 hours. There are also plans that cover more than one social media at a time – including all social media bundles. 
  • Standard data plans:
    • N50 for 40MB data; valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *312*1*1# to get started
    • N100 for 100MB; valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *312*1*2# to get started
    • N200 for a 200MB data plan; valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Dial *312*1*4# to get started
    • N200 for a 1-hour data bundle. Simply text/SMS 126 to 312.
  • N500 for a 5-hour data bundle. Simply text/SMS 127 to 312
  • N500 for a 2.5GB data plan; valid for a maximum of 2 days. Dial *312*1*7# to get started
  • N350MB for 1 GB; valid for a maximum of 24 hours. Send text/SMS 135 to 312 to get started
  • N500 for 1GB; valid for a maximum of 7 days. Send/SMS 142 to 312 to get started

 

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Robin Okwanma

Hi, I'm Robin Okwanma. Software Engineer || Django, Python || React, React Native || Blogger. Technical Writer.