Student life is “luxurious"

A “luxurious” student lifestyle involving smoked salmon sandwiches, cappuccinos and iPods is to blame for record levels of student debt, according to a professor.

The typical student house is no longer like the fleapit portrayed in 1980s sitcom The Young Ones and more like an English version of Friends, Kevin Sharpe, professor of renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London, wrote in the Times Higher Education magazine.

He said today’s “posh pads” were a far cry from his time at Oxford where in a student house he rented the carpets were “held together by accumulated grime” and the furnishings would not even have been accepted by the charity shop.

9.Oct.09 | Education and Training

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  1. 8.Oct.09

    North East scientists measure UK’s changing coast

    Scientists in Durham have produced a map that could help predict the threat to Britain’s coastal areas from rising sea levels.The new map has plotted the levels of land uplift…

  2. 2.Oct.09

    Green footprints considered to launch enterprise competition

    Students, businesses and business leaders considered their green footprint this week as part of the launch of a national enterprise challenge.Make your Mark Challenge is the UK’s largest one-day enterprise…

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