University Freshers Biggest Worries Revealed: Not Making Friends, Not Liking Their Course And Running Out Of Money

University Freshers Biggest Worries Revealed: Not Making Friends, Not Liking Their Course And Running Out Of Money

Research conducted on behalf of Student Beans has uncovered the greatest concerns students have prior to starting their university course, with forming meaningful friendships, not liking their chosen subject and running out of finances coming out on top.

The study quizzed more than 2,000 students, all over the age of 18 and planning to begin attending one of the top 50 universities* featured on the Guardian’s 2020 list later this year. 

All students were initially asked to share their biggest concerns about attending university, and were able to select all answers provided by researchers that applied to them. Almost all selected not making friends (95%) as their biggest fear. Not enjoying their course (92%)  and running out of money (89%) were also significant worries harboured by a large majority of soon-to-be students.   

Wanting to uncover the biggest worry for each university analysed, researchers found which option was picked the most often by students planning to attend each establishment, with the results emerging as follows for the Guardians top 10 universities: 

  1. Cambridge – I’ll get homesick (88%)

  2. St. Andrews – I will not make any friends (94%)

  3. Oxford – It will be too challenging (79%)

  4. Loughborough – I will not enjoy my course (96%)

  5. Durham – I will not make any friends (92%)

  6. Bath – I will run out of money (93%)

  7. Imperial College – I will run out of money (90%)

  8. Lancaster – I’ll get homesick (83%)

  9. Warwick – I will not enjoy my course (94%)

  10. Exeter – I won’t like any of my housemates (85%) 

Debt seemed to be a big concern for students, with just over two thirds (67%) of respondents declaring that they are worried that they will not be able to pay back their student debt upon graduation.

Furthermore, when asked if they knew anyone who had had a negative university experience, 54% responded yes. Of those that replied yes, we asked if the person concerned dropped out as a result of their negative experience, with a third (34%) stating this was the case.

All respondents were asked what they were productively planning, or had thought about doing in order to overcome their concerns. Able to provide all answers that applied, the top five results emerged as follows: 

  1. Save money – 75%

  2. Try to make friends through private social media groups– 68%

  3. Purchase all necessary text books and reading materials – 60%

  4. Research clubs and societies to join – 52%

  5. Learn to cook – 47% 

In contrast, respondents were also asked what they were looking forward to most about going to university, with 28% stating that they were most excited to party. A further 22% said they were most looking forward to making friends and 16% said they were most excited about moving away from their parents.

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