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Getting online

Getting online can be difficult enough without having to worry about what equipment to use or where to access a computer. This resource is a straightforward guide on where to get hold of equipment to fit your budget, which places offer computer or wifi access, and where you can go to get more IT training.

Low Cost Computers

Low Cost Tablets

Under £100 Around £100 Around £200 Over £250
Tesco Hudl 1 Tesco Hudl 2 Samsung tablets Samsung Galaxy Note
Android Small Samsung tablets Apple Mini 1 (not fill size) Ipad 4/Air
Amazon Fire Amazon Firefox Google Nexus Microsoft Surface
Lenova Tab 7 Older Google Nexus versions Lenova, Toshiba, Acer
Google Nexus 7 Original Lenova tablets Older Ipads, or refurbished Apple products.
Asus 7 Hp Slate

Where to buy:

Low cost phones

You can find the cheapest contracts by comparing them at MoneySupermarket OR you can get a cheap handset from Argos, eBay, or Tesco and pay monthly. Affordable pay as you go options include: Three, giff gaffTesco Mobile.

Computer Access


  • Libraries generally have free computer access, but you should check your local library (Bristol or South Gloucester) for information as you may need to book a place in advance.

Internet work clubs

  • Lots of work clubs have free internet access. For a list of these check out Ways2Work.

Regular drop ins

  • Connect Lockleaze offers free computer drop-ins with volunteers to help you get started.
  • Talking Money provides free self-help computers and money advice.

Internet Cafés

  • Coffee shops often have free wifi, however most places ask that you buy something in order to use it.



There are plenty of places where you can get IT training. Below is a list of a few available online and around Bristol.

  • The Park Centre in Kingswood offers free computing courses for beginners.
  • Adult Education offers lots of IT courses, as well as others.
  • AgeUK run computer learning courses for the over 55s. These five sessions run across five weeks and cost £20.
  • St Werburgh’s has a range of free or affordable courses, including a computing one for beginners.
  • Learning Communities team provide basic to advanced IT courses, with many more besides.
  • Learn Direct has several centres around Bristol, so you’ll need to do a search to find your local centre and the availability of courses.
  • Learn my way have great online training options.

There are also free IT ‘taster sessions’ in many local libraries.

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Remember to check out our Getting Online booklet, which has step-by-step instructions on how to connect your computer or device to the internet.