12 September 2016 • Door Hop, Bas Belleman
Comfy and cosy at home with your mom and dad
Why do students keep living with their parents? Some find a student flat too expensive, while others have a nicer reason: they just like it at home.
About one in three research university education students and about half of all university of applied sciences students still live with their parents. But why exactly? We posed this question last year for the first time in the national Studentenmonitor (page available in Dutch only) published by the Ministry of Education.
‘Because I like it there,’ says one of the five students still living at home. This applies for university of applied sciences students and academics, students with a non-Dutch and with a Dutch background, boys and girls, rich and poor, first years and older students.
But it does vary by degree programme. Technical students say less often that they like it at home (16 percent) than students in ‘green’ degree programmes (27 percent).
But the other homebodies don’t mind sitting around with mom and dad on the sofa: eighty percent of all students are satisfied with their living situation. But of course there are other reasons not to go into student housing. My parents live really close to my school, says one in three, so why should you move? Forty percent find that having their own place is too expensive.
And sometimes there are ‘personal circumstances’. That could be anything, from heartache to medical conditions. Six percent of the students living at home listed such circumstances as the main reasons to keep living in their parents’ home.