Thursday, 26 January 2012

Information Categories.

As I decided to do five zines I thought it would be a good idea to separate the information I have gathered into relevant categories. This will make constructing my piece for fluent as I won't have to hunt through long lists to get the facts I need.

  • The most common type of student accommodation for first years, halls of residence are owned by each individual university. 
  • Internet access is now standard in most university halls of residence, though not all.
  • Most university towns now have specific areas with particularly dense populations of students - a process known as studentification.
  • Private halls are a relatively recent form of student accommodation. As the number of students going to university has increased, developers have spotted an opportunity to make some money through private sector halls of residence.
  • Since the dip in the housing market, many parents have decided to cash in by buying properties in university towns and renting them out to their children (and children’s friends).
  • The general rule is that rent in the north tends to be cheaper, while London is the most expensive place to be a student.
  • A letting agent is essentially a middle man between students and their landlord.
  • Private landlords will usually ask for 6-8 weeks worth of rent as a deposit as they see young people as high risk tenants (more likely to cause damage to the property) so will often ask for a larger deposit.
  • One-quarter of students report bombing a test or project because of the aftereffects of drinking or doing drugs.
  • One night of heavy drinking can impair your ability to think abstractly for up to 30 days, limiting your ability to relate textbook reading to what your professor says.
  • Contrary to popular belief, beer in student bars is not subsidised. However, it is cheap. Sometimes it’s as little as a £1.40 a pint — even cheaper if there’s a promo. Other drinks are up to a third cheaper than local pubs too.
  • Unions reporting an 81% decline in profits over the past 5 years. The past year alone has seen a downturn of8.3%, and closures have started, including the demise of Bristol Student's Union bar, shut in 2009. 
  • The cheapest regular pint of beer at a student bar (not on a promo) is the University of Liverpool which charged £1.30. The most expensive was £3.15 at St Mary's University College, Twickenham
  • The average number of units drunk per student per week are shown in brackets. Leeds Metropolitan University(26.7) University of Liverpool (26.6) University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (26.1) Bath Spa University(24.9) University of Glamorgan (22.2) University of Bath (21.9) University of Brighton(21.9) Buckinghamshire New University (21.5) Newcastle University (21.2) De Montfort University(21.0) 
  • 2,197 of you completed our online Student Drinking Survey 2011, 4% of whom said they do not drink alcohol at all. 61% of all respondents said they regularly drink alcohol, whilst 35% admitted to doing so occasionally.
  • Taste proves to be an important factor, with 62% of participants agreeing that this was the top reason and 67% agreeing that Vodka is the drink of choice. A greater number of students taking part in the survey however, agree that the number one reason to drink is to have fun on a night out. 54% said they have a drink to relax, while 38% admit to drinking alcohol because it makes them more confident. Of course, there’s always those society initiation ceremonies, which 22% of students said generally involves drinking alcohol.
  • Alcohol is occasionally seen as a way of improving social life at university. 57% state that drinking helps you make friends at university, with one fifth of participants going as far as to say that they would not be able to survive a term at uni without drinking some form of alcohol.
  • 47% admitting to being concerned about the long-term effects of drinking on their body. 
  • The results of the Student Drinking Survey 2011 showed that an overwhelming percentage of students drink at home as opposed to going out. Well, that, or both. It's generally the cheapest option to have a few at home before going off elsewhere and 82% saying they usually drink at home or at friends' houses during term-time. 
  • 67% think that there is a difference in the drinking habits between British and International students. 
  • 53% of students have missed a lecture or seminar because they drank too much the night before. 
  • 47% non-drinking students wish that alcohol wasn't such a big part of university life. 
  • Percent of adults 18 years of age and over who were current regular drinkers (at least 12 drinks in the past year):50.9%
  • Students favourite drinks. Vodka 67%, Cider 45%, Beer 32%, Alcopops 29%, Rose 28%, White wine25%
  • Students after a night out. 59% experienced memory loss, 48% walked home alone, 37% didn't know how they got home, 33% been injured, 26% got into a taxi without knowing if it was licensed, 25% had a one night stand. 
  • Of all the questionnaire's participants, 25% admitted to having had a one-night stand under the influence of alcohol and 22% of students said that they have had a sexual encounter after drinking alcohol that they later regretted.
  • The Student Room website questioned 672 students about their future study plans and a third of them revealed that the planned rise in tuition fees would put them off postgraduate education. 
  • Lack of funding options for postgrad study was also cited, with over half of respondents indicating that as a major concern.
  • A recent survey has revealed that 47% of sixth formers are planning to go straight into employment after their A-levels, while a further 12% were unsure yet of their plans. 
  • Of the 39% who are planning to go to university after A-levels, a fifth were worried about the cost of higher education, agreeing that it ‘caused them concern’. 
  • 22% of respondents who were planning to attend university said they felt ‘pressured’ to do so by friends and family. 
  • 71% of the sixth formers questioned did not have accurate knowledge of tuition fees, and could not say exactly how much they would be expected to pay. 
  • Over 70% of students claim that their parents have to help them pay for things because they’re a student. 
  • A massive 85% of parents said that they didn’t expect their child to pay them back and only one in ten said they would expect their child to pay back the full cost. 
  • Daughters were more likely to end up borrowing money but they were also more likely to feel guilty about their parents financial situation than sons were. 
  • More than half of graduates said they hoped to be able to pay their parents back. 
  • Studying in London is almost 50% more expensive than studying in Wales.
  • Hundreds of thousands of pounds go unclaimed every year in bursariesscholarships, prizes, all sorts.
  • Last year the Government spent £5 billion on student grants and loans. If they spent the same amount on Mars Bars, they could line them up on the equator and go round the earth two and a half times.
  • Eating disorders are so common in America that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. 
  • More than half of male students mask whiffy clothes with deodorant and aftershave.
  • Women students wash their bras only six times a year on average.
  • The average male student washes his pants only once a fortnight, a study claims. And they often wear socks for up to four days before they wash them.
  • The top reason for missing a lecture is catching up from sleep from a previous night.
  • Todays students have the worst emotional health of any student group ever studied.
  • 1 in 5 students felt to stressed to study or be with friends.
  • In the last year students felt: 60% very sad, 50% overwhelming anxiety, 30% so depressed that it was difficult to function.
  • 26% of students have considered seeing a councillor but only 10% did so.
  • Stressed out students are 25% more likely to binge eat at night one of the biggest factors in college weight gain.
  • The biggest causes of stress are academics, finances, relationships, future plans and adjusting to college life.
Social Media
  • A study by MyMemory has discovered that the average British Facebook user is intoxicated in 76% of their tagged photos. 
  • 56% of people surveyed admitted that they had drunk photos that they wouldn’t want co-workers to see - while 8% admitted their photos could cause some serious trouble at work. 
  • 93% of respondents have apparently untagged photos after deeming them ‘too embarrassing.’ 
  • On Facebook the 18-24 (college) demographic grew the fastest at 74% in one year. 
  • About 83% of British 16 to 24-year-olds are thought to use social networking sites to keep in touch with friends and organise their social lives. 
  • 79% of Facebook-using students believed the time they spent on the site had no impact on their work.
  • 98% of students own a digital device.
  • 27% of students say their laptop is the most important thing in their backpack.
  • 38% say they can go more than 10mins without using a digital device.
  • 3/4 of students say they wouldn't be able to study without technology.
  • Daily tech use for students, average minutes per day. Texting 181.43, Search 131.35, Facebook 101.93, Email 58.68, Talking on the phone 54.18 and instant messaging 19.54.
  • 8% of students use social sites to contact their teachers.
  • 13% contact teachers with their mobiles.
  • Almost half of students think tablets will replace textbooks completely in the next 5 years.
  • 82% of American universities have Facebook pages to communicate with prospective students.
  • Less engaged students spend more time playing games, posting photos, checking friends profiles. Whereas, more engaged students spend more time creating and RSVPing to events, commenting on posts and looking at photos.
  • Students who use Facebook while studying get as much as 20% lower grades.
  • The average student visits Facebook six times per day.
  • The most important thing in students lives: Mobile 24%, Facebook 11%, Sex, 10%.

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