19th March 2015

Students strike the right balance between work and play

Students are taking a mature approach when it comes to both their studies and student life, according to research from Endsleigh, which has been insuring students, graduates and young professionals for 50 years.

Endsleigh’s 2015 Housemate Quiz, which surveyed over 10,500 current and recent students across the UK, found that 44% of respondents would now even prioritise studying for exams over going on holiday.

The survey shows that students can see the benefits of building an accomplished CV during their time at university. Nearly half the respondents said that if lectures were cancelled they would fill their time productively – with 24% saying they would go to the library to do some extra reading, and 22% saying they would participate in extracurricular activities, including sport– which can also help when getting on the career ladder.

Contrary to some widely-held perceptions of student life, the survey also revealed how responsible and considerate students are when it comes to dealing with their accommodation – as well as with their housemates. A third (32%) of those surveyed said they would organise a house meeting if tensions started rising at home, whilst one in four (25%) said they would be willing to pay for bills upfront if fellow housemates repaid them at a later date.

Perhaps surprisingly for anyone who has lived in shared accommodation before, only a mere 13% said that they would eat other housemates’ food if they felt peckish.

However, it is not all work and no play and students still understand the need to have fun.

While their studies are a clear priority, most of those questioned recognised the importance of celebrating events together as house. Three quarters (73%) of those surveyed said that they had already made plans for housemates’ birthdays, with half (51%) prearranging drinks and 21% organising a surprise party and tickets to a club in advance.

The quiz also discovered that students were unlikely to let small upsets get in the way of a good party. Over half (57%) admitted that if something was broken at home during a party, they would wait until the next day before dealing with it. Although when it comes to losing or damaging mobile phones, over three quarters (77%) of respondents said they either had an emergency replacement at the ready or would send it off to be repaired almost immediately.

Sara Newell, Head of Student & Graduate Markets at Endsleigh,said:

“It’s extremely positive to see students demonstrating a mature approach to university – particularly when studying at a greater expense and against a backdrop of a fiercely competitive job market. Endsleigh’s quiz reveals just how well students understand what is now required of them – and just how seriously they are taking this challenge! That said, having fun and making friends at university is just as important as obtaining a degree. It is vital to strike a good work-life balance at any stage of life and to learn how to do this early on will undoubtedly benefit students as they embark upon their hopefully long and prosperous career paths.”

You can take the Endsleigh housemate quiz by clicking here to find out which housemate you are, and to be in with a chance on winning a month’s rent for you and your housemates.  

Notes to Editors

The survey was conducted online during January 2015 and surveyed a sample of 10,574 representative university students and graduates.

Endsleigh is the trusted brand for student insurance, and the only insurance provider recommended by NUS.

Endsleigh is an independent intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products for career people.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Endsleigh was founded in 1965 to serve the student market, and has since broadened its products and services for graduates and professionals, as well as being the preferred insurance supplier for a variety of trade unions and professional organisations. The company offers a wide range of services including motor, home and travel insurance.

Endsleigh also offers business insurance through Endsleigh’s Business team and financial advice through the Endsleigh Financial Advice team.

For further information, please contact:

 Alex Burr, Mariana Wall or Hamish Hardie on 020 7618 9103 / endsleigh@luther.co.uk
Or Rachel Veevers on 01242 866196 / rachel.veevers@endsleigh.co.uk