Students turn to gambling and medical trials to fund university

Survey of 2,300 students finds 80% do not have enough money to live on, with one in five turning to gambling to find extra funds

Students are resorting to high-risk strategies to fund the ever-increasing cost of living, according to a survey by money advice website Save the Student.

In an attempt to get hold of extra cash one in five students has turned to gambling with their limited funds, while one in four said they would consider selling their body for medical trials or take a job in the adult entertainment industry.

A small proportion (2%) said they would consider contacting a payday loan company to access cash.

The survey of 2,332 students found that living costs had soared over the last 12 months, with 80% of respondents worried about having enough money to live on.


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