More university students than ever are choosing to live at home
According to a HESA study, more than 328,000 students in the UK chose to remain in their family home over the last year.
With average living costs on the rise and monthly London rent now at a whopping average £1,508 per month (according to HomeLet Rental Index), HESA figures are not very surprising.With tuition fees on the rise and living costs at their peak, is ‘traditional university lifestyle’ becoming a privilege only some can afford?
Alicia Wilson Fraser, a final year TV Production student told QH, “I stayed home with my parents in first year and I can definitely say it was better finance wise. But the the journey would take up to two hours to Harrow campus, affecting my sleep.”
Commute is one of the problems faced by students to elect to live in their family home. Tommy Chung, a third year business student at the university said, “Travel is quite tedious and can be expensive.”
“Total travel to mine and back takes 2 hours and I still have to pay for a monthly train ticket, which is over £150. Also going out is quite a trek and getting home at 4 AM is very hard.”
Going out ‘the university style’ is another comfort that students compromise on. Delmar Terblanche, second year BA Journalism student said, “It is almost if my life is on a different timetable altogether. When out with my mates, I am the only one who needs to head back. And waiting for trains becomes a full time activity.”
Others are more positive about living at home, Arjun
Reddy, a third-year computer engineering student said, “Unlike some of my friends, I don’t need to be working hard part-time to save money for rent and food.”
Tommy added, “I don’t have to worry about doing laundry or cooking for myself everyday. I save a lot of money that I can easily spend on other things.” Alicia further added, “I was more focused on my studies when I lived with my parents.”
Lucy Cranfield, whose family home is in south- west London has chosen to live away from home and at student accommodation, she said, “I feel that everyone should live away from home to fully immerse themselves in the university experience, however the cost of my independence is too high and sometimes unjustifiable.”