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University Lifestyle Survey aims to improve student lives and lifestyles

The results are in for the seventh University Lifestyle Survey published by Sodexo which identifies and tracks trends in key non-academic areas of university life as experienced by undergraduate students.

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Sodexo first undertook the University Lifestyle Survey in April 2004 and has subsequently undertaken the research every two years with Times Higher Education magazine as its media partner. The findings provide valuable insight into students’ lives and lifestyles which enables provision of better services.

The 2016 survey is the seventh. It is the first survey in which Sodexo has asked students to reflect directly on their quality of life and some of the key factors (e.g. accommodation, social life, health and wellbeing) that influence this.

The survey results have been validated by Professor Jane Longmore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Southampton Solent University.

A representative sample of 2,000 students participated in the research, from 148 universities across the UK. The participants in the survey were full-time undergraduate students from all years of study. 

The research has found that 85% of students are happy with their quality of life at university, however, the increasingly competitive graduate market, rising costs of living and increasing amount of debt levels are leading to millenary students to take university very seriously.

These financial anxieties may worsen in coming years as maintenance grants are removed this autumn – a policy which could have major implications for how young people approach university. Asked how they would have approached the choice about going to university, knowing maintenance grants weren’t available, a quarter of female students who currently receive the grants said they would have postponed their studies, whilst one in five males (22%) would not have chosen to go to university at all.

In light of the greater financial burden on students, the survey reveals some interesting lifestyle trends that dispel the stereotype of students as hard-drinking party animals. More than a third (36%) of students report they don’t drink alcohol, up from 26 per cent in 2012 and 28 per cent say they don’t spend anything on socialising. Instead, there is a strong café culture at universities – over half of students (53%) spend up to £20 a week on tea and coffee from university cafés. 

Quest Interiors have delivered several prestigious Design & Build and Specialist Refurbishment Works projects for Universities and higher education estates in and around central London. Our portfolio of Education Estates projects includes laboratories & specialist research facilities, halls of residence, and general university building projects.

See our refurbishment case study where we worked with the Client Team for the Advanced Chemical Engineering department (ACE) extension building at Imperial College London, to develop the design for the Entrance Lobby from RIBA Stage C to completion.

The completed specialist refurbishment enhanced the student experience and the new entrance has created a destination for the department.

For more examples of our work, visit . To discuss your specialist interior refurbishment requirements, contact 020 3609 1312.


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