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10 biggest worries for university students revealed

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More than half of university students find the cost of books and course essentials to be the most worrying thing about life on campus, a survey has revealed.

The poll, commissioned by Marbella International University Centre (MIUC), revealed a number of common bugbears regarding academic life - from poor-quality accommodation to lack of on-campus security.

It revealed the most common complaints for current students included the cost of books and other course essentials (51%), lack of access to teaching staff (25%) and outdated facilities on campus (18%).

Other annoying aspects of university life include noisy neighbours (17%) and a typical student bugbear – dirty communal areas in student accommodation (17%).

It looks like students in Scotland are the happiest with their lot - respondents from Scottish universities had the fewest complaints, with over a third (35%) saying they did not find any aspect of student life annoying.

Respondents from Yorkshire and the Humber were the most concerned about lack of access to teaching staff, with 29% naming it as a concern – almost twice the national average - while those from Wales were the most worried about on-campus security (18%).

There are also differences in satisfaction between mature students and those who have headed to university straight after their A-levels. The oldest age group surveyed (55+) were the most likely to say they didn’t find any aspect of student life annoying (40%), compared with 17% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Complaints about the cost of books and other course essentials were significantly higher for current students compared to past students (51% compared to 35%), suggesting that money is more of a concern for students than it has been in the past.

The ten biggest bugbears of current university students are:  

1.            Cost of books and course essentials (51%)

2.            Lack of access to teaching staff (25%)

3.            Outdated facilities on campus (18%)

4.            Lack of cleanliness in student accommodation (17%)

5.            Noisy neighbours (17%)

6.            Poor quality student accommodation (15%)

7.            Lack of extracurricular activities available (12%)

8.            Distance from accommodation to university (11%)

9.            Distance from accommodation to town or city centre (10%)

10.          Lack of security on-campus (5%)

The study was carried out by commissioned by Marbella International University Centre (MIUC).

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