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students included the cost of books and other course essentials (51%), lack of access to teaching staff (25%) and outdated facilities on campus (18%).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:
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