Is the rise in the cost of living relevant to students and phone sex?

Are rising living costs to blame?

The price of rising tuition fees has been well documented over the past year, as most universities now charge £9000 a year. Despite the rise in tuition fees, there hasn’t been an increase in the amount of maintenance loan that can be received. Many would consider this a good thing as it means the amount loan students have to pay is lower, but with the cost of living increasing every year could this be the reason phone sex is becoming more appealing to students?

An article by money saving expert martin Lewis says that Students heading to university, can expect to spend an average of £9,250 a year on the cost of living, according to research published by company LV.

A student will spend, on average, £4,159 on accommodation and £1,440 on food each year, according to insurance company LV’s study. Essentials such as household bills, books and travel will add to the cost.

According to the new Cost of University study from LV, students can expect to spend the following, on average:

  • Accommodation: £4,159 a year (£12,478 over three years)
  • Food: £1,440 a year (£4,319)
  • Leisure and clothes: £1,707 a year (£5,122), though this figure seems low, especially for London-based students.
  • Utility bills: £616 a year (£1,233)
  • Household essentials, including toiletries: £376 a year (£1,129)
  • Books and equipment: £344 a year (£1,032)
  • Travel, including going back home: £483 a year (£1,450)
  • Insurance: £129 a year (£258)

Including tuition fees this adds up to a grand total of £18.024 a year.

The University of Birmingham tells students to expect to pay around £12,894 for everyday living excluding tuition fees.

It is also important to consider that these costs are only applicable for around 37 weeks a year whilst studying at university and doesn’t include the summer months were students often go home.

To further investigate the associations between student’s cost of living and the impact this has on students and phone sex I will ensure this is a question I ask when conducting surveys and interviews.

Hollie Douglas a student at Coventry university said “Despite having a part time job, I can only spend around £15 a week on food I try my best to shop around and buy own brand foods as they are much cheaper. I always rely on my mum to send me food when I am really short of money. It can be so hard to keep in budget that phone sex is something I would consider”

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