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Going away to uni is ‘preserve of middle-class’

POOR students are more than three times as likely to live at home while studying than their wealthier peers, according to a study.

Moving long distances for a degree is largely the preserve of ‘white, middle-class, privately-educated young people’, according to the Sutton Trust. It argues that ‘student mobility’ is a major issue of inequality in higher education.

In 2014/15, 55.8 per cent of young people attended institutions less than 55 miles from their home. The proportion of students from the lowest social class who commuted from home (44.9 per cent) was more than three times greater than those from the highest social class (13.1 per cent).

State school pupils were 2.6 times more likely to stay at home than those who were privately educated.

Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl said: ‘It is often those who are most mobile who are most likely to find success.’ Moving to London or other large cities can be an ‘escalator for social mobility’ but ‘too often, the opportunity to move away is restricted to those from better-off homes’, he said.