Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students


Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Key information

Socio-demographic characteristics of higher education students, accommodation, income, expenditure, employment, financial well-being, language fluency and overseas study.


Eurostudent survey conducted by Insight Consulting for the HEA.


Third-level full-time and part-time students.


Every 3 years

Reference period

Academic year

Start date



18 months after the end of the reference period


  • Field of study
    Maths; Science; Engineering, manufacturing; Humanities and arts; Computer science, Computing; Sport, catering, service; Agriculture, veterinary; Social science, business; Health, welfare; Education.
  • Level of course
    National certificate; National diploma; Primary degree; Postgraduate diploma; Masters degree; PhD.
  • Age
    <19 years; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34+ years.
  • Social class
    Higher professional; Lower professional; Non-manual; Skilled manual; Semiskilled manual; Unskilled manual.
  • Expenditure items
    Accommodation; Transport; Food; Clothing and toiletries; Regular bills; Medical expenses; Mobile phone; Alcohol; Tobacco; Entertainment/ recreation; Loan repayments; Study books & materials; Savings; Childcare; Insurance.


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