Student PANDA's 2017

Student Lifestyle Survey

600 of you replied to our Student Lifestyle Survey that we sent out earlier this year. We want to give a big THANK YOU to every single one of you.

We’ve calculated, tabulated, formalised, categorised, alphabetised, arrange-itsed and digested the figures, and now we have finally got the results tallied up.

Drum roll please… Student PANDA Presents… The Student Lifestyle…

We asked…How do you fund yourself?You answered…

%

use Student Finance

  • just student finance 1%
  • student finance + Bank Of Parents 66%
  • student finance + part time job 48%
  • bank of parents + part time job 32%

With how much pressure and time you have to dedicate to university, its no wonder that 93% of students use Student Finance. In addition to student finance we all know to well that we need another source of income, and with it being hard to commit fully to a job with your bizarre schedule, 66% of all students that use student finance, also give their parents some fantastic puppy dog eyes, to gain some extra living pennies.

The most amazing stat here must be that 1% of students have found a way to make student finance work. HOW?!…….Unless you’ve won the lottery, then fair enough and in that case, fun fact…..sharing is caring. 

We also found that:

  • students that find Student finance unfair… 83%
  • students that feel that they are doing alright… 11%
  • while the students that think money is tight… 79%
We asked……what ways do you fund yourself by?…..You answered…..
  • student loan 93%
  • parents 74%
  • part time job 68%
  • grants & fundraising 49%
  • overdraft 43%
  • overdraft 41%
  • savings & investments 26%
  • gambling 5%
  • body advertisment 3%
  • other 2%
  • student loan 93%
  • part time job 68%
  • grants & fundraising 44%
  • savings & investments 21%
  • body advertisment 3%
  • parents 74%
  • overdraft 59%
  • credit cards 38%
  • gambling 5%
  • other 2%

With student loan not being enough to conquer the tough tides of university its no wonder that 2 in 3 students take up a part time job and even more turn to parents or family. It is quite intersting that near 60% of students use their overdrafts, while under 40% use credit cards.

We are glad that not many students have turned to gambling as it is a risky buisness and there are much better ways to make some extra pennies along the way.

We also found that:

  • how many actually have a budget plan… 33%
  • how many students have a saving account… 41%
  • however the amount of students that withdraw from savings accounts… 58%
  • how many students deal with their overdraft close or after graduating… 76%
We asked……About your living conditions…..You answered…..

%

halls

%

renting

%

i love my parents

%

asked to pay rent late

%

like their living conditions

%

find their flat-mates annoying

Over 70% of our suvery was conducted by 1st or 2nd year students so its no wonder that Halls are a crowd favourite. That being said 70% of you said that you like your conditions, with your chairs full of dirty clothes and the sink piling up with dishes, yet 47% of you find atleast one of your flat-mates annoying. Intrestingly enough of the 10% that said they live with their family or guardians, 25% of you said that you find your flat-mates annoying….I’m sure your parents aren’t as bad as you think….unless you’re referring to a sibling, then we agree with you.

We asked……About your mental, physical & social states…..You answered…..

%

favourite part of university is social life & independence

  • less social life as you get close to graduating… 64%
  • go out more than 3 or more times a week… 37%
  • feel that you are socially awkward… 58%

The social life of a student is well known, with partying, outings and group takeaways (or even a sneaky self take away), so it goes without saying that just under 2 in 3 students say the best part of university is the social life or independence. However our survey does show that many students do feel social anxiety, especially with 75% of students being in their first year of university.


We also asked about your worst experiences at university:

%

stress

%

finances

%

no extra help @ uni

%

your diet suffered from financing

%

kept up with regular exercise

%

lived in the library or studios around finals

Its quite interesting to see that of the 74% that had their diet suffer due to financing, that 43% of them had not used a budget plan before. It always a good idea to have a plan of action for the week ahead.

2 in 3 that made up the 41% of students that basically lived at university close to finals, were interestingly in 2nd year. 3rd years and above seem to gain a bit more experience in the sleep cycle strategies it seems, while 1st years are probably still on a freshers high.

We asked……How do you see life once graduated?…..You answered…..

%

how many think they will find work?

%

how many are happy with the degree they are taking

%

go back to do a masters degree

%

think that uni is worth £9000 a year

  • would recommend uni based off ‘finances’… 26%
  • would recommend uni based off ‘social aspects’… 84%
  • would recommend uni ‘overall’… 79%

%

go back to do a masters degree

%

think that uni is worth £9000 a year

  • would recommend uni based off ‘finances’… 26%
  • would recommend uni based off ‘social aspects’… 84%
  • would recommend uni ‘overall’… 79%

48% is a very troubling number when we are paying £9000 a year and nearly half the students think they won’t find a job easily. There must be something wrong in the big picture here….? This probably reflects on why only 39% of students think that university is worth the cost.

A very interesting stat here is that even though only 26% of students would recommend university based off their financial experiences, 79% would still recommend university overall. That big 84% social life clearly out weighs the financing.

There is always a fear at the back of our minds that this great endeavour might all turn for the worst. HOWEVER….there are many ways to boost your bank account, increase the chance of gaining a job and getting to that top level position you really want.

We asked……What would you tell your earlier self?…..You answered…..

Don’t Stress as Much

Sleep more

Back Up Your Files

Time Management

Spend Wiser

Sleep more

Network/ socialise More            Join a Club            Stop Procrastinating             Don’t be scared to ask/ talk to family

Challenge Yourself             It’s fine to feel anxious             Get a part time job             keep up with your hobbies             ‘it’s okay you’re doing well’

Ask more questions            use the library            know repayment dates            don’t buy a bottle in a club            less energy drinks            you don’t need all those clothes

don’t forget to breathe         enjoy the process          be confident in your ideas         be on top of your work           move if you don’t like your housemates          stay focused         save money           cook more

save for holiday early      learn new skills       don’t rush into relationships      keep in touch with good friends       stick to your budget       don’t starve yourself      you don’t need to go out every night        sleep more

Network/ socialise More

Join a Club

Stop Procrastinating

Don’t be scared to ask/ talk to family

Challenge Yourself

It’s fine to feel anxious

Get a part time job

keep up with your hobbies

‘it’s okay you’re doing well’

Ask more questions

use the library

know repayment dates

don’t buy a bottle in a club

less energy drinks

you don’t need all those clothes

don’t forget to breathe

enjoy the process

be confident in your ideas

be on top of your work

move if you don’t like your housemates

stay focused

save money

cook more

save for holiday early

learn new skills

don’t rush into relationships

keep in touch with good friends

stick to your budget

don’t starve yourself

you don’t need to go out every night

sleep more

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