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YOUNG adults are being forced to scrap plans of going to university and use food banks for the first time – due to the cost-of-living crisis.

A study of 1,000 adults aged 18-24 found 54% admitted to being naive as to how the crisis would affect them.

And 32% are already feeling the effects of inflation to a great extent, with bills, food prices and petrol prices among the cost increases which have shocked them the most.

As a result, 21% are rethinking their plans to go to university while 18% have sought help from a food bank.

Other things young adults have had to cut down on or stop completely include nights out with friends, getting takeaways and even booking holidays.  

As a result, 23% are worried about what the future holds, with 55% more determined than ever before to get a job that pays well.

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Martin Upton, cost-of-living expert, and Senior Lecturer in Business at The Open University, which commissioned the research, said: “Everyone is feeling the pinch, but people might not realise just how much it is affecting the younger generation.  

“Although financial anxiety is at an all-time high for all, it’s particularly difficult for young people since they are making vital decisions at a crucial point in their lives.  

“It is a shame to hear so many are rethinking their plans for university study.”

The study also found 35% of those polled have had to rethink their career plans because of the cost-of-living crisis.

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And 56% plan on taking extra courses in a bid to better their skillset and knowledge.  

As a result of the crisis, 36% are worried they will never be able to afford their own home, while 31% fear they will struggle to afford food.  

Top reasons for the cost-of-living crisis putting young people off going to university include worries of getting into debt they can’t afford to pay back, not knowing how they will work and study at the same time, and wanting to go into a full-time job and get paid for it.

It also emerged that while seven per cent don’t believe money can buy you happiness, 14% reckon they would need to be on at least £35,000 a year to live comfortably.

On top of this, 32% said a job that pays well is more important to them than having a job they are happy in.

But of those who took part in the survey by OnePoll, 53% think a good paying job is harder to find in this day and age.

Martin Upton added: “Now is a better time than ever to be investing in your career and getting that all important job that pays well.  

“Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows that having a UK university degree adds £100k or more on average to lifetime net earnings.  

“So, despite the financial uncertainty that young people are facing, and while higher education seems like a big financial commitment, in the long run it will pay off."

Those who are considering investing in their careers to safeguard their financial futures have until 8th September to register for a course that is of interest at The Open University.  

What young people have had to do since the cost-of-living crisis started

  1. Cut down / stop going on nights out with friends  
  2. Reduce / stop getting takeaways
  3. Budget their spending
  4. Stop visiting home to save on travel  
  5. Scrap or postpone plans to go to university  
  6. Use foodbanks
  7. Get a job
  8. Move back to mum and dad’s  
  9. Get a second job
  10. Eat out less
  11. Increase their working hours in current job
  12. Watch their energy usage so bills aren’t high  
  13. Stop treating themselves
  14. Stop buying coffee from a coffee shop  
  15. Buy fewer clothes
  16. Buy supermarket ‘own brand’ products
  17. Shop in cheaper supermarkets  
  18. Walking instead of driving to places  
  19. Stop buying presents for friends/family e.g birthday/baby shower  
  20. Buying secondhand clothes  
  21. Stop booking holidays  
  22. Use vouchers/coupons and deals to save money  
  23. Sell other belongings i.e clothes, homeware, tech etc.  
  24. Buy a rail card to save on travel  
  25. Use public transport  
  26. Defer going back to university later this year  
  27. Cut any TV subscriptions e.g. Netflix etc.  
  28. Stop any sporting activities  
  29. Get an extra housemate to help pay for bills
  30. Sell their car  

The cost of living crisis has affected households across the country with some struggling to afford items for their children to brush their teeth or wash.

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