If you’re a student, giffgaff is offering 40GB data for £10 with no contract. There’s also a chance to win one of 300 retail vouchers, worth £250, following activation of a student SIM††.

giffgaff’s 40GB for £10 student deal has ended. This blog post is being kept as an archive for customers who previously signed up for the 40GB offer. You’ll now get £5 of bonus credit instead on a student SIM card from giffgaff.

Whether you’re starting university this year, or whether you’re back for a new academic year, giffgaff is currently offering a special £10 SIM-only deal that’s available exclusively for students.

If you’re a student signing up to giffgaff before the 30th November 2023 with a valid .ac.uk email address or using an eligible student SIM, you’ll be able to get a massive 40GB data for £10 for 12 months, with no contract and no credit check.

If you activate an eligible student SIM, you could also be in with a chance of winning a £250 retail voucher in giffgaff’s student prize draw (with a guaranteed prize of a £10 retail voucher). You’ll need to activate the student SIM card and purchase at least two plans or credit top-ups by the 30th November 2023, and still be an active member on that date.

Get 40GB Data for £10 (student SIM) →

In this article, we’ll look closer at giffgaff’s student deals for 2023, including how you can get 40GB data for £10. We’ll also look at how to enter giffgaff’s prize draw for students and what you’re able to win. We’ll then look at the features included on your giffgaff SIM card and how to keep your existing phone number when you move to giffgaff.

giffgaff Student Deals

To mark the beginning of a new academic year, giffgaff is offering double data for students when they sign up to giffgaff’s £10 monthly rolling plan. This means you can get a massive 40GB of data for £10 for 12 months, along with unlimited UK minutes and unlimited UK texts. This is available when you purchase a £10 monthly rolling plan and set it to auto-renew.

To qualify for the student offer, you’ll need to sign up using a valid student email address (ending in .ac.uk) or activate an eligible student SIM by the 30th November 2023.

Tariff Minutes Texts Data Monthly
£10 Golden Goodybag Unlimited Unlimited 40GB

If you activate an eligible SIM, you’ll have the opportunity to win one of 300 retail vouchers, worth £250. Not only that, there’s a guaranteed prize of a £10 retail voucher in the prize draw if you don’t win a £250 voucher. To qualify, you’ll need to activate your student SIM and purchase at least two plans or credit top-ups by the 30th November 2023, and still be an active member on that date (terms and conditions apply).

† Extra data student promo terms: Student SIM or valid ac.uk email address required. Save a payment method to your account and set plan to auto-renew. Purchase before 30/11/23. Student plan runs for up to 12 months from activation whilst set to auto-renew. Terms apply, see giffgaff.com/terms/promotions.
†† Prize draw terms: Vouchers are redeemable at eligible retailers. Prize draw closes at 23:59 on 30/11/2023. Prizes will be randomly selected and drawn on 7/12/2023 and winners will be notified within 15 days. One entry per person. Terms apply, see giffgaff.com/terms/promotions.

giffgaff Student Plan Features

No Contract & No Credit Check

giffgaff’s 40GB student plan is available for 12 months on a one-month rolling basis, whilst your plan is set to auto-renew.

In addition, there’s no credit check required when you sign up for this student SIM-only deal. That means it’s super easy to sign up, even if you don’t have much of a credit history in the UK.

If you purchase a handset from giffgaff, a credit check will apply for this if you choose to pay monthly for your phone.

Best Plan Advice

At the end of each month, you’ll get a personalised email from giffgaff, letting you know how much data you’ve used, and whether you’re on their most suitable plan.

If there’s a cheaper plan available that meets your needs and saves you a bit of money, they’ll advise you to move over to the cheaper plan in that email.

4G & 5G Coverage From O2

giffgaff is powered by the O2 network – you’ll get both 4G and 5G coverage from them included as standard.

Before you sign up as a new giffgaff member, it’s worth checking to make sure you can get coverage where you live. You can do this by entering your postcode on giffgaff’s online coverage map:

Check giffgaff coverage (giffgaff.com) →

5G T&Cs: You need 5G coverage, a 5G device and SIM, and 5G switched on in your giffgaff account. Find out more about 5G coverage see https://www.giffgaff.com/help/articles/does-my-area-have-5g-coverage. Terms apply, see giffgaff.com/terms.

Inclusive EU Roaming

On giffgaff, you can use your plan’s allowance at no extra cost (up to 5GB per month) when you travel in the EU and selected destinations. This includes popular tourist hotspots such as Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and more.

giffgaff’s inclusive European roaming has a limit of up to 5GB data per month. For most users, this should be more than enough. According to Ofcom, the average UK mobile user consumes about 8.1GB data per month. This is equivalent to about 1.9GB data per week.

EU Roaming T&Cs: For all plans with over 5GB UK data, data roaming in EU and selected destinations is capped at 5GB. You’ll be charged 10p/MB once 5GB is used.

giffgaff App & Community

You can use the giffgaff app to see how much data you’ve used and also to top-up your account on the go. It will also give you access to thousands of public Wi-Fi hotspots, including when you’re travelling on the London Underground.

If you need help and support, this is available through giffgaff’s online community. For any account-specific queries (e.g. to do with your SIM card or payments), you can ask a giffgaff agent online.

Certified B Corp

giffgaff is a certified B Corp with a score of 85.8. This score is based on five main areas: how they treat their customers, colleagues, the community, the environment, and how they run their business.

According to giffgaff, they’ve generated more than £1m worth of charitable donations together with their members. In addition, all of their SIM cards are made from recycled plastic, with fully recyclable packaging. giffgaff also offers a choice of refurbished mobile phones, allowing members to save money and to be more sustainable.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re switching mobile networks to giffgaff, it’s a straightforward process keeping your current phone number.

Start by ordering your student SIM card††† from the giffgaff website. Once you’ve done that, you can request a PAC Code from your old network. This can normally be obtained through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075.

You’ll normally get your giffgaff SIM card delivered on the next working day after you place your order. Once you’ve activated it and chosen the student plan, you’ll be able to submit the PAC Code online through a form on giffgaff’s website. This will schedule the transfer of your phone number (normally for the next working day, as long as you submit it before 3pm).

For a step-by-step guide on transferring your phone number to giffgaff, please select your current mobile network from the drop-down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to giffgaff

Select your current mobile network:

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It isn’t possible to transfer credit from your old mobile network to giffgaff. For this reason, you should try to use it up before your phone number moves over.

††† Valid ac.uk email address may be required for Student SIMs.

More Information

For more information about giffgaff’s student offer, please see giffgaff’s official website.

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  • I am a student, but my school doesn’t provide ac.uk address. How can I sign up? Their FAQ talks about a dig in box and a campaign code. How can I get this? Thank you.

    • Hi Andy,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I believe you can upgrade to this plan if you update your giffgaff email address to a university email (ending in .ac.uk).
      Hope this helps,

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