UK students taking valuable possessions to university

Students in the UK heading to university this month are likely to take valuable possessions along with them.

This is the suggestion of new research from Gocompare – carried out by Vision Critical – which found the typical scholar will have belongings worth £1,748 during term time.

In addition, it was shown that 31 per cent of students will be taking goods worth between £2,000 and £5,000-plus along with them to their new accommodation.

The research also demonstrated that undergraduates intend to keep valuable items on their person when out and about, with 97 per cent owning mobiles or smartphones.

A further 25 per cent said they intend to carry their laptop around, while 82 per cent will listen to portable music players, 36 per cent are to wear jewellery and eight per cent have bought a tablet computer.

Mark Greening, head of home insurance at the price comparison website, said: “If students haven’t already taken out insurance before term starts then we’d encourage them to consider a comprehensive policy which covers them for the full value of their belongings.”