University students are bunking off lectures to avoid the cost of going onto campus as the cost of living soars in the UK, new figures reveal today.
Almost three-in-10 (29 per cent) admitted they were skipping non-mandatory lectures and tutorials to save money, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
A similar rate (27 per cent) said they were travelling to their campus less frequently and a fifth were attending lectures remotely where they could.
Overall half of all students said they were experiencing ‘financial difficulties’, including 15 per cent who had ‘major’ problems. Just over half (51 per cent) said their income had declined in the past year.
More than nine-in-10 reported being worried at the cost of living going up, with 93 per cent saying the cost of food had risen and six-in-10 experiencing rent rises.
Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) said they had cut back on shopping for food and essentials and more than half were using their savings.
More than nine-in-10 reported being worried at the cost of living going up, with 93 per cent…