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Student woes revealed

And I thought I was careless with my belongings… It seems I’m not alone, as new research shows that students lose hundreds of pounds worth of tech every year.
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A quarter of UK students (24%) have lost their ID at least once, while 45% of parents expect their children would ask for cash from a family member, rather than replacing the equipment themselves.

33% also admit to losing cash, 29% to house keys, 23% to travel cards, and 22% to debit and credit cards. Nearly 1 in 10 (8%) also confess to regularly losing their shoes.

According to research carried out by TOTUM, the UK’s number one student discount card and app, a quarter of UK students (24%) have lost their ID at least once, with 20% turning to the bank of mum and dad to replace it.

1 in 5 (20%) who lose their driver’s licenses, passports and ID cards turn to their parents for money to fund replacements, while 45% of parents expect their children would ask for cash from a family member, rather than replacing the ID themselves.

One in 10 students also admits to digging into their student loan for replacement funds.

The findings come as part of TOTUM’s new PASS ID launch – the first digitally issued PASS ID that uses face recognition technology. For £14.99, students can access a TOTUM bundle of national and local discounts, an International Student Identity Card, and the new PASS ID, providing a convenient and affordable alternative to passports and driver’s licenses.

The brand has also teamed up with the face behind one of the UK’s most loved memes, ‘Hide the Pain Harold’, to spread the message to students across the country.

Of those students who admit to losing ID, 65% have misplaced a driver’s license and almost a third (27%) have lost a passport at least once, with 1 in 5 racking up a cost of £50 or more to replace it.

33% admit to losing cash, 29% to house keys, 23% to travel cards, and 22% to debit and credit cards. Nearly 1 in 10 (8%) also confess to regularly losing their shoes.

Disgruntled parents say that alcohol is to blame.

Sarah Bottomley, director of marketing and brands at TOTUM, said: “Students face an increasingly busy lifestyle and, for many, it’s their first time away from home, so it’s no surprise that they’re often losing important belongings and turning to mum and dad for help.

“Losing ID, phones, debit cards and keys is not only an inconvenience and money down the drain, but it can also have serious security implications, leaving students vulnerable to identity fraud and bank hacking.

“We wanted to create a new ID alternative with modern innovations and the student at the very heart, prioritising convenience and affordability, and providing the best possible combination of benefits to make their lives easier.”

Top 10 student worries when going to university/college:

  • Not making friends (67%)

  • Not doing well on the course (64%)

  • Spending too much money (44%)

  • Not enjoying the course (43%)

  • Being unhealthy (29%)

  • Not knowing where to go for help (21%)

  • Having to look after themselves (17%)

  • Finding their way around a new city (14%)

  • Losing important belongings (14%)

  • Not knowing how to find out what’s on at their university/college (11%)

Top 10 parenting worries about their children going to university/college: 

  • They will lose important belongings (26%)

  • They won’t sleep properly (26%)

  • They won’t go to lectures (23%)

  • They will drink too much (22%)

  • They won’t eat properly (19%)

  • They will struggle to find out about things at university (18%)

  • They won’t enjoy their course (17%)

  • They won’t make friends (16%)

  • They will spend too much money (14%)

  • They won’t do well on their course (11%)

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For more information please contact Kat at the TOTUM press office on 0161 839 1986 or kat@smokinggunpr.co.uk

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