Sunday 18 March 2018

Poor students? They've never had it so good

AT first glance, a poll showing that nearly half of all undergraduates run out of money every couple of months belongs to that large category of surveys which tell us the blindingly obvious.

On closer examination, it is perhaps something of a surprise. Almost anybody of a certain age who was once a student will remember challenging conversations with their bank managers during their studies and many evenings where even beans on toast was a luxury as out of reach as their toes are today.

The happy flip side of this research implies that more than half of our students never run out of money at all; a proportion unlikely to be replicated in many other sectors in Irish society these days. Indeed, life is so topsy turvy in modern Ireland that it is the country's banks which are more likely to run out of money than the country's students.

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