1 September 2000

Living at home avoids debts

MORE and more students are living at home in a bid to avoid falling too deeply into debt.

More than one in six people starting in higher education this autumn plan to live at home, so data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service shows.

"There are greater financial pressures for students, which means some will cut their costs by staying at home while studying," says UCAS chief executive Tony Higgins.

The trend also reflects the wider availability of courses at further education colleges. "Many more people can take a degree or diploma at their local college without moving away from home," he says.

There has also been an increase in the number of deferred entry applications, with more people taking a year out to travel, gain work experience or earn money for their education.

Subjects showing a big increase in applications, adds UCAS, include media studies (up 18.8% on last year), nursing (14.4%) and computer science (11%).