Every year, NatWest surveys a bunch of students to gauge the Student Living Index. One of the questions asked students from 28 cities to rate their stress levels from 1 – 10, and anything above 8 was considered as very stressed.
So which cities are freaking out, and which ones are coasting by?
10 – Bristol
Bristol is the tenth most stressed city, with 45% of the students reporting high stress levels. Maybe that’s what comes with being a student in one of the hardest party cities in the UK… or maybe it’s all the sex they’re having…
9 – Swansea
Students in Swansea are the 9th most stressed, with only 47% of their students ranking their stress levels as 8 or higher. Again, there seems to be a correlation between stress and sex, with Swansea is in the top 25 unis having the most sex… twice.
8 – Leicester
Leicester, with two high-end unis, is 8th on the list. 47% of the students in the city reported high-stress levels, which we can only guess must be about the workloads and lack of clubs in Leicester because they’re definitely earning enough!
7 – Leeds
Students in Leeds have a lot to worry about, apparently. 47% of them have reported high levels of stress. All that partying must be hard work… Someone tell them they’re allowed to take a break.
6 – Cardiff
Over in Way-uls, students in Cardiff are not doing too great! 48% of the students in the city reported high levels of stress. Again, maybe it’s the partying. Or maybe that’s the stress relief?
5 – Brighton
Turns out being down by the coast doesn’t fix everything, with 48% of Brighton students reporting feeling stressed. It might be the cost of living down South… or the need to remain hipster at all times.
4 – Coventry
50% of the students in Coventry reported stress, and we can’t blame them. It must be hard going to a university with the wrong name…
3 – Cambridge
Unsurprisingly, Cambridge has made the top 3, with 50%. University of Cambridge students have high aspirations and higher expectations, and Anglia Ruskin students have the stress of being compared to them!
2 – Oxford
Once more, we are not surprised. Only shocked that one of the Oxbridge universities aren’t in the top spot. 51% of students in Oxford report stress – we reckon its only higher than Cambridge because of the cost of living in the South.
1 – Plymouth
Finally, the most stressed city is Plymouth. We’re really shocked, and a little confused as to why, but the stats don’t lie. Poor Plymouth.