One in four grads live with parents

Independent life is tough for students thanks to rocketing living costs. Now it's thought more than 25% of graduates will move back in with their parents after university because it's too expensive to go it alone. Mintel Research reckons we're heading towards a more European set-up, where extended families are more common.

Homeward Bound

How depressing. Your twenties is all about, for many, travelling, working and living together with new people. Not back living with your folks again.

But Mintel Research anticipates 27% of all grads will head back to the home this year. And that number is likely to rise higher - possibly substantially so - as tuition fees of up to £9,000 become common.

Also a number of those Mintel questioned are still living at home in their mid thirties: out-of-reach house prices, relationship break-ups. Approaching middle age and still living at home is more common than you might think.

More choice later?

A big part of the problem is the fixation from government that all - or nearly all - must go to university. Yet university is wrong for many. A vocational course is often far more suitable, practical and substantially cheaper, compared with university costs.

You can always go back to university - or do an Open University course - later. Try telling that to the politicians, on both sides. They're desperate to be seen as 'enabling' choice for all. A completely meaningless concept when choice is so expensive.

Get a job at the bottom; get experience and training. You might find you have an awful lot of choice - including housing - as a consequence, and possibly a great deal more than 'uni' mates.

Or better still, start your own business.
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