Nearly three quarters (71%) of students say that they were most looking forward to achieving academic success before they started university while only a fifth (20%) were most looking forward to going out and partying, new research has revealed.
Academic success was also cited as the main concern for a third of Freshers (33%) with exams and academic deadlines also on students’ minds, according the study conducted by the National Union of Students on behalf of student insurance provider Endsleigh. But many young people were excited about the prospect of freedom with nearly half (45%) of students saying they were most looking forward to gaining their independence, while a further quarter (23%) explicitly cited living away from home as a benefit of university life – a sentiment shared by their parents.
In a Mumsnet post, Endsleigh asked parents what they were most looking forward to once their children had flown the nest, with taking back control of the household and having a smaller laundry pile or a cleaner house top of mind. While students look forward to attending lectures and spending time in the library, parents are also looking forward to quality time together as a couple and having the chance to rekindle some child-free romance.
Julia Alpan, Head of Marketing, Endsleigh Insurance, said:
“With uni just around the corner, thoughts of student life are front of mind for many young people. Despite having a reputation for fun, we wanted to demonstrate that most students are more focused on their studies than on over-indulging in the potential excesses of university life. Students deserve credit for the hard work and dedication that goes into attaining degrees.”
Alpan also reminded young people and their parents to chat about money management before heading off to university, after the survey found that two in five (40%) of students are concerned about this with a quarter (25%) of those surveyed saying they spent their student loan instalment within a month.
She added: “Before enjoying that feeling of freedom, we encourage parents to help their children think about setting a budget, opening a good student account, and getting any gadget and contents insurance in place so that they can focus on their studies.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Some of the best responses from parents on Mumsnet:
Endsleigh is the trusted brand for student insurance, and the only insurance provider recommended by NUS. Originally founded in 1965 to serve the student market, Endsleigh 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. Wholly owned by Zurich Insurance Group since 2007, today the company also offers a wide range of insurance products and solutions for both students, graduates and professionals, as well as being the preferred insurance supplier for a variety of trade unions and professional organisations. Products include motor, home and travel insurance as well as business insurance through Endsleigh’s Business team.