Isolating students look to break lockdown over financial worries

Nicola Jones on 8 October 2020

One third of students currently isolating at university say they’ll have to break lockdown in order to support themselves financially, according to a survey by Student Hut. 

Students said they will need to break isolation to be able to support themselves, with 67% saying that they had no access to food delivery while isolating. Only 17% are receiving care packages, and just 8% have received a rent rebate. 25% of students currently isolating said their institutions aren’t providing any lockdown support services at all.  

Meanwhile, among students who are not currently in lockdown, 30% said they will not have access to financial support if their institution were to lock down in the future and a further 27% said they were unsure if they would have any financial support if this were to happen.

Eight in 10 current students feel that they should be eligible for a full or part-refund from their institution due to the lack of teaching hours and the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on their university education and experience. 

“Students have been put into lockdown without the necessary financial support to enable them to isolate themselves for the required period of time. If money, food and other assistance is not available, they won’t have any choice but to break lockdown. 

“Yet again this situation disproportionately affects lower-income students, who will suffer if they are unable to continue their studies during lockdown. Universities need to put support systems in place to make sure their students have access to the help they need, when they need it.” said Katherine Nicholls, Director of Research at Student Hut. 

The findings have come from a project to track student opinion and attitudes during the Covid-19 crisis.

The project provides fortnightly updates showing the change in student attitudes from the UK’s most engaged and diverse student panel, taken from an audience of one million users and a community of over 140,000 subscribers. 

For press enquiries, please contact Nicola Jones [email protected] or call +44 (0)1273 734640. You can find previous Student Hut press releases and media coverage about the COVID-tracker here.