Survey Points To Students Lacking A Sense Of Community - Swapping Partying For Studying

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23rd October 2013 10:36 - Education

In a new study carried out by the National Student Housing Survey it has been suggested that the stereotypical party-loving student culture could be dead. The survey, which polled more than 20,000 students in the spring of this year, has found that students are now working harder than they ever have before to try and get the most out of the university experience which can now cost up to £9,000 a year for tuition fees alone.

With a decrease in the number of students who claim to enjoy socialising with their friends in accommodation (54% this year down from 62% in 2012) and only 63 per cent of those asked saying they had formed close friendships in accommodation, the assumption is that students are now really knuckling down with their studies. This theory is backed up by the fact that only 36 per cent believe there is a strong sense of community among students. Nightclubs and bars in university towns have also noticed a drop in takings and noise complaints by neighbours have also been reduced.

All this appears to point to the idea that students are now taking university far more seriously; this supports evidence from university affiliated institutions that have indicated the first wave of students to be accepted with £9,000 fees are working harder as a result of higher individual investment.

The report concludes that satisfaction levels amongst students has in fact dropped significantly since last year with only 26 per cent claiming to be ‘very satisfied’ with their accommodation.

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