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University students the U.K. are having such a hard time making ends meet that they are resorting desperate measures. Many have turned gambling, taking high-interest loans and even selling their body to cover their living costs. The financial website Save the Student (StS) questioned 1,900 students their finances. It discovered that the average student received $750 a month the government the form a student loan. However, average living expenses amounted $1,170 a month. This leaves a monthly shortfall $420. Students have made the difference in a variety of ways, some which would cause parents a considerable amount of concern.

The StS poll found that 71 per cent students relied parents for extra income, while 65 per cent had a part-time job. Around 46 per cent turned to banks an overdraft. Seven per cent the students who took part the survey said that they had "sold their body" to earn additional cash. Others reported taking part medical trials money. Twelve per cent students said that they had tried gambling to supplement their income, while three per cent took loans with extortionate interest rates. One student said: "It's frustrating when you're already paying multiple credit cards at 19." Save the Student said the government loans were " of touch with individual circumstances and student needs".

 
 

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