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Affording college the biggest worry for 40 per cent of students

Over a third drink at least once a week while Limerick offers the best value for money in accommodation, says survey of 1500 students.

WITH LEAVING CERTIFICATE students preparing to receive their first round CAO offers for college places on Monday, a new survey of existing  third level students has found that affording college is their biggest worry.

40 per cent of students said that getting the money together to pay for college was their biggest concern, according to the survey of 1,500 students carried out by, followed by the stress of exams (26 per cent) and not liking their course (22 per cent). A further 10 per cent said they worried about not making friends.

However despite the concerns over finances, alcohol ranked as the highest item of expenditure after food. Over a third said they drank at least once a week, 37 per cent said they drank two days a week and 19 per cent said they drink three days a week.  80 per cent said they did not smoke.

Meanwhile, Dublin came out as the most expensive city to find accommodation in. Limerick was the cheapest.

“As you’d expect Dublin is the most expensive with students on the south side paying around €500 while those  on the north side pay €450. In Cork it’s around €350 while in Galway its €380. Limerick appears to offer the best value at €300. If you share a room prices will be cheaper again” said Angela Keegan, Managing Director of

Students gave a generally optimistic view of their employment prospects. Just under half said they were hopeful of getting a job with a further 29 per cent very confident.

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