International Universities Lifestyle Survey 2017

April 10, 2018

We’re pleased to share the results from our first-ever International Student Lifestyle Survey.

International Universities Lifestyle Survey 2017


Key findings about undergraduates in India is given below. Click here to view the complete report

Indian university students are among the happiest in the world.

  • They report overall lower levels of stress and higher levels of wellbeing than students in any other country besides China.
  • Compared with students from five other countries, students in India are most satisfied with their lives in general (82 percent), their living arrangements (81 percent) and their studies (80 percent).
  • They are also less likely to have considered dropping out of college (20 percent compared to 30 percent globally), and are happiest with the amount of teaching time they receive (87 percent).


They have mixed feelings about their university.

  • Indian students are most likely to think that their university is unwelcoming to new students (40 percent said it’s not), but also likeliest to think their university will provide support in areas that concern them.


Mom and Dad are important to them.

  • In line with the global average, living at home is the most popular accommodation choice; 32 percent of Indian students say they live with their parents or family. And 35 percent say they specifically looked at colleges that would allow them to live at the parental home, compared with 28 percent globally who rated this as important.
  • The desire to live at home is also why Indian students were likelier than average to look at transport links (50 percent) when selecting a college.
  • While students in other countries most value their own internet research about colleges, Indian students were far more likely to place importance on the advice of parents (83 percent), teachers (86 percent) and even friends (69 percent).
  • After their Spanish counterparts, Indian students are most likely to eat lunch at their family home (49 percent).


When selecting a university, they value different things than students in other countries.

  • Indian students are most likely to be influenced by a university’s reputation or ranking; 91 percent say they are.
  • Indian students were also far more likely to look for colleges that offer career advice (42 percent versus 24 percent globally).
  • Within their accommodations, they value security (48 percent) and study spaces (41 percent) more than students in other countries. A higher-than-average 39 percent also gives close consideration to the quality of the accommodations.
  • Ultimately, an environment ideal for studying was what helped Indian students make their final decision about where to matriculate: 54 percent prioritized study facilities (54 percent) above all. While this was also most important to students in the other countries we surveyed, it was for only 38 percent.


Indian students are most likely to engage in extracurricular activities.

  • Overall, students in India engage in activities such as going to the cinema or a sports match more frequently compared to other countries.
  • They’re twice as likely as the average student to consider the on-site sporting facilities (32 percent) when making their choice about where to go to college.
  • They report doing more exercise than students in any other country (an average of 4.7 hours per week).


They’re ultra money-conscientious.

  • Though 52 percent of Indian students say they could have afforded college without a scholarship, compared to 35 percent of students globally, they are more likely to worry about day-to-day finances than any other country (51 percent do).
  • Students in India are more likely than other countries to look at accommodation costs (37 percent) and living costs (34 percent) when picking a college.
  • They were also most likely to consider opportunities for part-time jobs (36 percent), compared with 22 percent globally, and are most likely to want support with money management (62 percent want to learn more about it).


Post-graduation hopes and worries:

  • More students in India know what they want to do after graduation (66 percent) than students in any other country.
  • Still, 56 percent of students in India are worried about finding a job, a sentiment shared by students around the world.
  • More so than earning a high salary or getting a job in an area they’re interested in, they are most concerned with getting a job quickly after graduation (42 percent).


More findings that set Indian students apart from students in the rest of the world:

  • Indian students are most likely to:
    • Miss lectures/seminars/classes—on average, they miss 2.7 a week; only 11 percent miss none.
    • Think that eating healthily is essential (58 percent).
    • Ascribe importance to their university’s policies about food waste (87 percent).

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