Christmas Costs the Average Student £161
Christmas is always a time for big spending for most people in the UK and students are planning to spend an average total of £161 on the festivities this year according to our survey.
The value is less than one-third of the national consumer average (most notably because the majority of students do not have to pay for a whole family Christmas)!
However, the majority of students only have their loan to rely on and 8 out of 10 students surveyed said that they struggle to find the money but feel the pressure to spend more than they can afford during the festive period.
The average student plans to buy gifts for 6 people, totaling an eye watering average of £108. In fact, 1/5 think they’ll spend over £200 on others, with 70% being spent on family and the remainder on friends from university and home.
There is also a divide between the sexes. Female students tend to buy more presents for friends and spend 25% more on gifts than male students.
One of the female respondents is gearing up to spend a whopping total of £400+ on Christmas gifts alone this year, £160 of that being on other students (which is more than some plan to spend in total).
The seasonal spending does not end there. Students are set to delve into their accounts for an additional £53, putting £8.50 towards flat Christmas dinners and the rest mostly on booze, decorations and getting home.
Less than 1/2 of students said that they saved for the festive period, with a 1/4 admitting to receiving additional help from their parents.
Save the Student editor Jake Butler said:
It’s not much of a surprise that students find money hard to come by at this time of year and more so than the general population. Student loans are running dry at a time when students feel the pressure to buy presents and attend countless Christmas parties.
Money saving ideas such as Secret Santa, joint Christmas dinners and homemade decorations are just a few of the ways that students have been resourceful this year in curbing overspending around the festive period. As always, I would encourage students to think carefully before spending large amounts of money, without being too much of a Scrooge of course!
*We surveyed 830 current university students in December 2013.
Of course, if you are really worried about the cost of Christmas then Save the Student is here to help you. The best place to start would be with our Christmas gift ideas and Christmas budgeting article, full of tips for students on how to save money during this time of year.
And of course, we wish you a Merry Christmas, however much you end up spending!