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Students' drink bill nears 1bn
Students in bar
Student spending on drink comes second only to rent payments
University students spend nearly 1bn a year on alcohol, a survey suggests.

The expenditure came to 940m a year, second only to rent payments totalling 2.5bn, the Royal Bank of Scotland poll of 2,163 undergraduates found.

It also ranked 21 university towns across the UK by living costs, placing Glasgow as the cheapest and Durham the most expensive.

Glasgow not only offered cheap living costs, but also good opportunities for term-time work, the bank said.

Its research, published in a booklet called the Student Living Index, found studying in Glasgow could save a student more than 1,000 a year.

Living costs

The average Glasgow student spends 181.30 a week on living and housing costs, but earns 102.80 from part-time work, the study found.

The average undergraduate at Durham spends 171.90 each week but earns 56.50 doing term-time jobs.

During the next 12 months, students at university will spend about 8bn on living costs, including their accommodation.

About 40% of them will work part-time to earn some extra cash, usually in bars and restaurants, but some as party magicians, punt chauffeurs and models, the survey said.

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