Fact or fiction? Five myths that surround the student world

Sep 3, 2014 by

Are students always boozing? Does Oxford prefer posh applicants? And is student finance run by lizards from Zorg? We get to the bottom of it

Welcome to a myth-busting special of Students by numbers, designed to take the assumptions your naive noggin had made about the world of students and replace them with cold, hard facts.

Whether on TV shows like Fresh Meat and Freshers, in the papers, or round the table at the pub; student life is constantly being stereotyped, pigeon-holed and pushed into boxes.

But is it unfair to be quite so reductive? And does the man on the street really know as much about university as he likes to think? (spoiler: no, and he is also really annoying)

I’ve found the stats behind some of the most commonly held views about the world of students, and now I can tell you if they’re firmly-founded facts or crudely-constructed concoctions.

1. Students are always getting drunk (and spend all their money on booze)

Let’s start with a classic. “No wonder students never have any money,” says the cynical older generation, “they spend it all on drinking!”

Well, you shouldn’t believe everything (anything) you read in the Daily Mail.

Did you know that a third of students don’t even drink? And that the average student spends an average of just £9.80 a week on booze? Of course you didn’t, you doltish dunce.

Verdict: Fiction

2. Most students live in halls

No, no, no. Wrong again, you cretinous clot. Hesa data shows that only 41.5% of students live in either halls or properties maintained by their unis.

The majority of students opt to live in cold houses with damp, mice and landlords who will take them for every penny they can while making their lives a complete misery. Still, on the bright side, at least it’s not halls.

Verdict: Fiction

via Fact or fiction? Five myths that surround the student world | Education | theguardian.com.

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