British teens will head off to university with a staggering £392 million worth of their parents’ valuables, according to a new study. That equates to an average of £712 per student!
But that’s not all. To add to the escalating costs, a quarter of Mums and Dads will also be coerced into an obligatory trip to IKEA (or similar shop). There they will shell out an average of £650 on MORE items to help get their offspring settled.
In terms of home items taken by teens, bedding (56 percent) tops the list.
However, parents also reported losing laptops (54 percent) pots, pans, cooking items (46 percent), even televisions (40 percent). And once they are gone, the chances of getting items back are slim. Over two in five parents (42 percent) say they never expect to see their beloved possessions again.
The research comes from leading student insurer Endsleigh Insurance Services. It found that while most of the stuff was sent willingly, 11 percent of kids just assumed they could take things to university.
Headphones (42 percent), kettles (33 percent) and tablets (25 percent) are just some of the items that leave the family home. Some parents even lose garden equipment (3 percent), entire shelving units (7 percent) and blinds stripped from the windows (3 percent).
What’s more the discussions can become fraught with around one in five parents admitting arguing about what their kids can take. Over one in ten parents (13 percent) end up rowing about what they will let their children take.
Says Jeff Brinley, CEO at Endsleigh Insurance Services:
“Heading off to university for the first time can be an exciting, yet daunting experience for students. But it seems the nation’s parents really are going the extra mile to ensure their children feel completely happy and settled in their new homes.
“From expensive gadgets including iPads and widescreen televisions to furniture, bedding, and even fridge freezers – it appears today’s Freshers are starting off their university experiences with an impressive array of valuables from their family homes.”
Of course, not all students will be grateful for the head start. In fact, the poll of 1,500 parents of freshers found exactly half of the youngsters were said to have shown their gratitude to the helpful start they were given.
Yet, however, the kids reacted, over half of the parents said that they were happy to spend the money. And a massive 94 percent agreed it was their duty to prepare their child as well as possible before they leave home.
The research showed it can be tough to watch the kids fly the nest, with three in ten parents saying it is one of the hardest things they have ever done.
And it won’t stop them worrying either with 48 percent of parents admitting that they are anxious about what their kids are up to every single day.
A staggering 93 percent agree that it is harder for kids moving into their first home or student halls than it was in their day. But while one in eight parents said seeing their kids go was sad, it gave them and their partner a chance to rekindle their relationship.
Regionally, Leicester parents made the biggest sacrifice for their kids, losing out a massive £953 worth of items. That’s nearly twice as much as Norwich (£499).
THE TOP 20 MOST COMMONLY ‘STOLEN ‘ ITEMS
- Bedding 56%
- Laptop 54%
- Cups 49%
- Books 49%
- Cutlery 47%
- Pots and pans 46%
- Plates 44%
- Headphones 42%
- Television 40%
- Kettle 33%
- DVDs 32%
- Games console 31%
- CDs 30%
- Tablet 25%
- Cushions 24%
- Laundry basket 24%
- Table lamp 23%
- Mirror 22%
- Toaster 22%
- Picture frames 17%