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University freshers lack basic life skills, finds study

September 28, 2011 - London

A new research has found that university freshers lack basic life skills, with many never having cooked or cleaned for themselves.

A poll of 512 freshers, carried out by Sainsbury's Finance, found 20 percent of new university students have never washed their own clothes, while 14 percent cannot even boil an egg.

One in 10 (11 percent) said that didn't know how to cook at all, more than a fifth (22 percent) have never shopped for food on their own, while 13 percent have never done their own ironing, reports the Daily Mail.

Setting up on their own for the first time, 69 per cent said that they were new to paying utility bills and 68 per cent said it was their first time paying rent.

The results are based on a poll conducted this September by the UK student and graduate market research group Opinion Panel.Living alone for the first time with the responsibility for studying, managing finances and making new friends can be a daunting prospect," said Natasha Virtue, from Sainsbury's Finance.

"We'd urge students to take time to think about their finances, there are lots of helpful tools online for example on the UCAS website itself," she added.


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