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Student living costs 'heavily dependent on location'
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Life after graduation
Student living costs vary greatly from university to university with some more than twice as expensive as others, according to a new survey.
The study, undertaken by Push.co.uk, revealed students in Bradford got the best deal, with their cost of living coming to just 73 per cent of the national average, whereas students at the Royal College of Music in London faced the highest living costs.
At the same time, studying in Northern Ireland and Wales involved the lowest living costs by region, based on the study's three indicators housing, groceries and drink.
Reacting to the findings, Jon Carroll, NUS press officer, said: "This survey shows how students from poorer backgrounds may already be 'priced out' of attending certain universities. It is no coincidence that the universities with the highest living costs tend to also be those with high proportions of students educated privately.
"If the government were to allow these universities to set even higher top-up fees, potential students from lower socio-economic backgrounds could find their choices severely restricted by a rising tide of economic elitism," he added.
Living costs contributed to students leaving university and entering the graduate recruitment market with debts of £12,363 on average, according to figures published in October 2007 by Credit Action.