In the third week of October, homesick Exeter students caused the biggest rise in homeward journeys, the Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) suggests.
Exeter saw a 64 per cent rise in its usual weekly average journeys of those aged between 16 and 25. Durham experienced the second highest hike at 61 per cent, and Liverpool had third highest at 52 per cent.
Data suggests that the aftermath of Freshers’ Week and the mounting up of coursework deadlines are among the causes of the rise in train journeys home. Students are also attracted home due to the promise of home-cooked food and to escape early financial pressures.
Andrew Robertson from Atoc stated: “Going to university for the first time can be an exciting but daunting experience for young adults. Our research indicates that for many, the reality of living away from parents can really kick in after just a few weeks.
“A trip home seems to be just what students need to recharge the batteries after a few hectic weeks at university.”
Exeposé have undertaken a series of investigations into student wellbeing, looking at student numbers and overcrowding on campus, and how this might affect waiting times for those looking for mental health advice.
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