The rising of cost of living is having widespread impact on people across Europe, and students are feeling the squeeze too.
The student experience has not only been affected by Covid-19, but is now sustaining extra pressure from these increasing costs.
Inflation, rising prices for energy, rent and food, and issues with shipping have all contributed to the growing costs put on the average person. This is made even harder when, as a student, one may not have much to spend in the first place.
Student accommodation is a significant worry for many as the lack of social interaction and in-person classes over the past two years has made people question whether to move back home and save on rent money. Social activities are another area where cash is a concern; going out is increasingly expensive as food and drinks costs go up.
Despite receiving money from government grants, loans and parents, students are also having to take on side jobs to support themselves through university. The pressure of studying all week and working at weekends is taking a toll on some, with the stress of earning enough to support themselves and save up for the future becoming a huge strain on students’ mental health.
Essentials such as food, gas and water bills are at the forefront of students’ minds as they navigate the current crisis in living costs. Many feel they are being forced to prioritise what they spend their money on at the cost of their university experience.
Another worry for students is that competition for jobs is high when they graduate, so there is also a need to save up in case of emergencies or to support themselves through the tricky transition into the workforce.
With tuition costs already proving to be beyond the means of some, those who can finance their studies are facing even greater strain.
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