The 2017 Accommodation for Students Survey has found that more students than ever before are reliant on their student loan as their source of income, with 73% worrying about having enough money.
Over 1000 students participated in the survey, from across Great Britain, representing some 120 different UK universities.
Reflecting student’s increasingly international outlook, almost half of students surveyed fear that leaving the European Union will have a negative impact on their university life. 47% of students believe that Brexit will impact their ability to buy their first property.
Students were also overwhelmingly negative about US President Donald Trump, with only 5% of students believing he would make a somewhat positive or positive impact.
Contrary to the popular opinion that students live off ready meals and very rarely eat anything remotely resembling a vegetable, the AFS survey found that 93% of those students surveyed cook for themselves at university-and 70% do their shopping at supermarket giant Tesco. Students in the North West of England, however, were three times more likely to shop in Aldi than students located in London and the South East of England.
41% of students work alongside their studies for an average of between six to nine hours per week, with 62% of students undertaking part time work during the university holidays. However, 59% of students with a part time job believe that it negatively impacts their studies to some extent. Interestingly, female students are more likely than their male counterparts to have a part time job.
However, the number of students undertaking an internship appears to have declined, down to 14% from 26% in both 2015 and 2016.
Over half of students have joined university societies or sports teams, with a slightly higher percentage of male students compared to female.
Only 5% of students do not use Facebook at all, whilst Snapchat and Instagram proved to be used more often by first year students than their older peers.