A Sodexo study has revealed the changing motivations and habits todays student.Almost two thirds of students were found to choose to study at university to increase their earning power, up from 36 per cent in 2004. 10 percent also said the jump in fees had forced them to change the degree they were originally planning to do. A quarter of students responded that they had gone to university because of parental pressure.
The level of socializing between students has dropped since 2006 when 33 percent spent five hours a day or more socializing. Today this number had dropped to 10 percent. 75 percent are spending up to five hours a day studying since tuition fees have been tripled.
Since 2004 the number of university applications has dropped by 8.7 percent, which may be atributed to the hike in fees. In 2004 only 2 percent of students saw themselves leaving higher education with debts over £20,000, compared to today’s 58 percent. Furthermore, a fifth of students will go into their overdraft whilst 17 percent expect to graduate with debts exceeding £40,000.