Students are choosing books over booze?
Students eh? All they do all day is sleep in, watch Teletubbies* and Countdown and go out drinking. Right? Apparently not. A new survey suggests that today’s students are eschewing booze in an effort to save money and to successfully juggle their studies and work commitments.
The Sodexo survey included 140 UK universities and found that 33% of respondents say they have cut out alcohol completely owing to money worries, up from 26% three years ago. A full 40% of students also say they only drink once a week, with 76% spending £20 or less each week on drinking.
The survey suggests that “added pressures have contributed to the observed trend over the past six years of students focusing more firmly than ever on their studies, rather than enjoying active social lives.”
However, 10% are still managing to spend more than five hours socialising every day, though – but this is down from 33% in 2006.
A big source of stress for students is apparently balancing academic, social and work commitments, with 69% identifying this as a major issue – up from 41% in 2004.
Peter Taylor, Strategic Development Director at Sodexo, says: “With greater challenges facing the students of tomorrow, universities need to be aware that living as a student, for three or more years, is a bigger decision to undertake than it was in the past.
“Not only must universities work harder to attract students, they must also accommodate dramatic changes in lifestyle and provide the best environment possible, to prepare students for the challenges they may face after they graduate.” Like needing more than £20 for a night out, perhaps…
* showing my age