MONEY conscious students from Burton and South Derbyshire may be surprised to hear their peers would happily spend hundreds of pounds on bizarre, surreal and fanciful events.
TV Licensing decided to turn the image of the perennially ‘broke’ student on its head by asking youngsters heading off to university what they would really like to use money for that they instead have to save for bills.
Rather than checking out the up-and-coming acts who traditionally tour student union bars up and down the country, students would prefer to pay a whopping £767 for a private gig from their favourite band.
Burton students were also among those willing to pay hundreds of pounds for the chance to have Sir David Attenborough narrate their life for the day, ride a unicorn or get a lift home from Top Gear’s Stig.
It was also revealed that the main way students would rather spend their money was to buy alcohol with food and DVDs and downloading songs next on their list.
Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing in the West Midlands, said: “For many young people going to university this autumn will be the first time they’ve had to seriously budget their own money.
“While spending money on private gigs would be fun, students should concentrate on the very real bills and costs they will be facing such as buying books for course work and paying utility bills and their TV Licence.
“Paying for a bill in one go can be difficult, but breaking it down to either a daily or weekly payment can make it much more manageable.”
TV Licensing commissioned the survey as a light hearted attempt to get students to think more about managing their money as they head off to begin their studies.
Mr Whitehouse added: “A TV Licence is needed to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown.
“A TV Licence is also needed to watch live television over the internet, or on any device, such as a mobile phone or tablet.
“A TV Licence can be bought online in minutes.”
More information on pricing is available by heading online to tvlicensing.co.uk