Why DO so many graduates live with their parents?
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It might seem like going to university meant that you were finally leaving home for good – but with increasing numbers of graduates moving back in with their parents, it seems like the dream of post-graduation independence is exactly this for a lot of us. Over a quarter of 20 to 34 year olds are still at home, according to the Office for National Statistics, meaning 3.3million adults of this age were living with their parents in 2013. It’s an increase of 669,000 since the beginning of the recession in 2008. More men live at home than women (32% vs. 19%), and women are more likely to leave home for university than men. Perhaps surprisingly, 72% of those living with their parents are working – it’s not necessarily the struggle to find a job, then, that’s stopping us moving away. So, post-recession, why are we finding it so difficult to fly the nest? Is it because we can’t afford to take the leap, or because our job prospects aren’t secure enough, or just because we really, really like having our washing done and our meals cooked? We asked some of those in their twenties why they’re still in the comforting bubble of home... I can’t afford to move out University of Lincoln graduate David Wriglesworth says: “(I) graduated in September and I've been living at home ever since because I can't afford to move out. “A few of my friends are in the same position. I'm able to get by, but that's partly because I'm relying on my parents to buy the shopping.” He adds that he has had temporary jobs, including as a filing clerk and in Next over Christmas, but nothing permanent - and that current freelance writing jobs don’t pay enough to live independently. Blogger, YouTuber (and council worker) Penny, 28, also cites money trouble as a factor that forced her back home: “after a split with an ex I ended up in so much debt I couldn't buy food/pay my bills,” she says. I’m working – but I need to save before I can pay rent Wynona Wyatt, who works in media sales, says moving home after immediately finishing university in London was a means to an end: “It’s because I needed to save for a deposit and rent before moving out,” she says, “which isn’t that easy when you work and travel to and from work.” I’m unprepared and can’t find a stable job
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