A new study finds that 1 in 7 Aussie university studentsare unable to afford food and other necessities. And no, it’s not because they’re blowing all their savings on expensive brunches and splendour tickets.
The Universities Australia Student Finances Survey 2017 published data this Monday from over 18,500 students between 2012-2017, and the picture it painted was not very pretty.
Indigenous students are reported to be the worst affected, with one full time indigenous studenttelling Universities Australia“I don’t eat much anymore.”
Read that quote again. So… food is apparently optional now?
This issue is far from news. The increasing cost of living has taken its toll on young people for years. Now we just have the stats to prove it.
And yet, since the report has been published, there has been what can only be described as hectic back-in-my-day-rationalisation from readers of The Australianand similar publications.
Here are just a few of the comments under The Australian’s article on the study.
Good one, Gavin.
But then again, what else can we expect from the generation who seem to have forgotten that they went to Uni for free?
One third of the students surveyed claimed to be receiving income support from the government. So they must be in the clear, right?
Well, according to Newstart, $273 a week is enough to cover Sydney’s rent, food and other costs of living. Riddle us that.
But don’t worry, the end is not nigh. Though it might seem like we’re doomsday preppers, there is definitely hope on the horizon.
Organisations like Foodbank do incredible work to combat the under reported hunger crisis in Australia.
By redirecting wasted food, they have become a “giant kitchen pantry” for those in need.
But more needs to be done.
Eating two minute noodles for lunch and cereal for dinner has become such an accepted part of “the uni experience” that people aren’t really seeing the underlying problem here.
“I’m glad there’s finally proof out there. For a long time I was feeling like I was the only one who was struggling” says Paddy O’Dwyer, full time UNSW student living out of home.
Get the word out on this issue. You never know, you could be helping the person sitting next to you in that Monday morning tut.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, please contact your local Foodbank.