A Financial Dilemma for Students in the UK

Zoe Jones is a second-year student at Cardiff University. Like many other students, she struggles to make ends meet due to the rising cost of living. “It’s making that decision between eating and your social life, which is a massive part of your university experience,” she says.

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Jones is not alone in her struggle. Across the country, students are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the basics. Many are working one or even two jobs to make ends meet. The costs of rent, food, and other essentials have increased recently, while wages have stagnated. This has left many students feeling like they are being priced out of their education.

 

“I worry about how I’m going to afford my rent, let alone anything else,” says Sarah Ahmed, a third-year student at the University of Sheffield. “I’m already working 20 hours a week on top of my studies, and I still feel like I can’t make ends meet.” The cost of living crisis is having a serious impact on student’s mental health. A recent study found that one in four students is experiencing “severe or very severe” psychological distress.

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“The pressure of trying to keep up with the cost of living is taking its toll on students’ mental health,” says Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of the mental health charity Student Minds. “Many struggle to cope with their financial, emotional, and academic pressures.”

 

The government has promised to do more to help students with the cost of living. But for many, the measures announced so far are not enough. “The cost of living crisis is putting students’ mental health at risk,” says Freegard. “More needs to be done to address this issue.”

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