Exeter has been ranked tenth out of UK universities for having the most students registered as ‘sugar babies’.
Seeking Arrangement, a dating website where wealthy benefactors seeking “mutually beneficial relationships” can meet their desires, compiled the list in the wake of increasing student living costs across the country.
With over 400 students looking for sugar daddies on the site, Exeter beat the likes of Oxford and Durham to win a place in the top ten. The University also made it into the top 20 of the Fastest Growing Sugar Baby Schools in 2015, with a 20 per cent increase from last year.
A sugar baby can, on average, be expected to earn a £2,000 allowance per month from their sugar daddies or mummies. According to Seeking Arrangement, over half this income goes on essentials – 36 per cent on tuition and 23 per cent on rent. An additional 20 per cent is alleged to be spent on books.
The University of Kent currently has the most students registered – 724 – whilst Exeter’s neighbour Bristol came in seventh place with over 500 sugar babies.
Exeter second year International Relations student Chrissie Davies said she felt saddened that “so many students have to resort to desperate measures to fund their education
Nationally, 225,000 students use the website to find ‘daddies’ to help fund their education and living costs.
Although the website charges for its premium service, they specifically target students. Those who sign up using a valid university email address are given the premium membership free of charge.
A University spokesperson said: “This is an extremely small minority of students from a population of around 20,000.
“The welfare of our students is a priority for the University and we advise them to be cautious about entering into arrangements such as this.
“There are more conventional ways to find financial support, such as the large number of scholarships and bursaries which are available to students.”