Two thirds of students would consider using cryptocurrency to pay for university costs.
Our research has revealed students are twice as likely to invest in crypto than the general population, with an estimated 189,000 undergraduate students in the UK own some form of cryptocurrency.
Despite the volatility of cryptocurrencies, an estimated 3.4m people in the UK are thought to have invested. This equates to around 5% of the total population, placing the 11th in the worldwide rankings in terms of investor prominence.
Yet, we discovered students are much more likely to invest; with 10% of UK students owning crypto.
Students take second place when looking at owners of cryptocurrency by employment status, sitting only below military employees (20%). This means as many as 188,948 undergraduate students are thought to be investors.
It’s also clear that many students are keen to maintain this modern form of potential income, with 18% of students continuing to set money aside to invest in the likes of cryptocurrencies, stocks, and shares.
Currently, the opportunity to transact with cryptocurrencies is limited, but it’s clear that many students are keen for this to change. 67% stated that they would consider using their cryptocurrency to pay for university tuition, rent and even the general cost of living if they could.
For student investors, cryptocurrency could offer the opportunity to secure their degree without the need of a government loan.
UniHomes found that, on average, the overall cost of university comes to a whopping £18,024 a year. With one Bitcoin valued at £28,175 (as of 20th May), students studying a three year degree could cover the cost of university life and tuition with just 1.92 Bitcoin.
Co-Founder and Director of UniHomes, Phil Greaves, said:
“With cryptocurrency such a new form of investment, it’s interesting to see just how many students would consider this a viable future currency.
Students are becoming extremely self-aware when it comes to investing. Gen Z seem to have more entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financial savviness compared to previous generations. This means companies like UniHomes need to stay ahead of the game to keep up with student needs.”