Thursday, June 20News For London

Student wellbeing in danger as cost-of-living crisis takes a toll on their mental health

The cost-of-living crisis has affected many students who are forced to choose between transport, rent and food.

By: Mihir Chittar and Mellinda 

Credit: The UOS Blog

Mental health at university has always been a topic of discussion; however, with the rise in living costs, students have had increased stress levels due to managing their bills while studying.

A survey by the national union of students found that out of 3,500 students and apprentices, 96% of students are cutting their expenses, with 92% stating that it has affected their mental health.

WestminsterWorld also conducted a recent survey on the impact of the living crisis on students’ mental health. From the data shown in the study, 80% of students aged 18-24 think the cost of living situation has affected their mental health.

Students’ social lives have also been affected significantly, as 40% of the survey said they had to choose between socialising and buying essential items such as food and other groceries. Also, 1 in 5 students in the survey expressed that they had been working more hours than socialising.

With less money to spend on fitness classes and healthy food options, two-fifths of Westminster students say that their physical health has been negatively affected. 

A postgraduate student from the university said: “I feel like I am getting more sick and unfit as I am unable to pay for a gym membership and am having to eat less food.”

Many UK students have argued that the government and their universities could do more to support them during the cost-of living-crisis.

An undergraduate student, Katie, said, “I wish the university would support me more.”

WestminsterWorld has contacted the university for a statement.

Edited by Tyler Nicholas