Less than half of all students prioritise socialising
When asked about how they would like to prioritise their time, 8 out of 10 students reported that their preference is study. This is followed by paid work (7 in 10 students), highlighting the importance for students to generate income during their time at university.
Particularly, paid work is of relatively higher priority for part-time students (35% vs. 19% of full-time students), regional and rural students (32% vs. 21% of metro students), and non-CALD students (25% vs. 17% of CALD students).
Interestingly, less than half of all students listed socialising in their top three priorities (46%), again buttressing other life, work and study commitments as being of a higher priority.
Though caring for family members was ranked as a top 3 priority by 47% of students, among those with caring responsibilities 89% placed this in their top 3, and 47% reported this was their number 1 priority. Challenges faced in balancing study time and other responsibilities are more evident for older students.
Want for connection correlates with feelings of stress
Qualitative data about stress frequently mentioned time, study workload and other commitments. Want for connection with other students was correlated with feelings of stress, with those who said that they would like to connect with students being more stressed more often (74% feel stressed weekly or more) compared to 66% who are happy with their level of connection with other students.