University really IS the happiest time of our lives: Brits rate student years higher than having a baby or getting married
People aged over 40 most likely to feel nostalgia for student days
Former Leeds or Wolverhampton students remember uni life fondest
Those still at university already regret not 'making the most of it'
13:33 GMT, 12 October 2012
Students, listen up. You'd better enjoy living in squalor while studying for exams and eating cold baked beans straight from the tin because it's all downhill after graduation.
University days are the happiest of our lives, with the years spent missing lectures, kissing strangers and napping in the library considered more important than even the birth of your first child or getting married, according to a survey.
People, especially those over 45, consider their university days the happiest period of their lives
And it's not just the young who believe this. In fact, those aged between
45 and 54 were most likely to value university as their most important
life experience, with those aged between 35 and 54 most likely to think
they will never have a period of their lives better than their
And it is current students and the recently graduated who worry most about not having made the most of their time at university, with 73 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds wishing
they'd had more experiences.
Over 57 per cent of all people quizzed considered their student years the best period of their lives, with three out of five people wishing they could go back to relive them.
Meeting new people and living away from home for the first time came out top as the reasons for making it so memorable.
Going to university was even ranked more important than getting married, buying your own hose, getting your first job or even the
birth of a first child.
Going to university was even ranked more important than getting married, buying your own hose, getting your first job or even the birth of a first child.
More people considered their university days the most important time of their lives than did having their first child
Those who studied at Leeds and
Wolverhampton are most likely to consider their university years the
best of their life, while those from the North East were the least
enthusiastic. The Scottish were the least
likely to consider ever going back to university.
The research, carried out by the Chines Shopping Centre in Uxbridge, involved offering 1,000 adults a list of 13 life experiences and asking them to select their top five. University was picked more than any other.
Donna Watson, Marketing Manager for the Chimes, said: 'With tuition fees at an all-time high many are questioning whether university really is worth it any more.
'However, with a third of those surveyed wishing they could go back to university again, it would seem that many still view it as a worthwhile life experience.'
THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES: WHICH WERE YOURS
1. Going to university
2. Getting married
3. Getting first job
4. Having first child
5. Getting first pet
6. First kiss
7. First love/first boyfriend or girlfriend
8. First time getting drunk
9. First time you go on holiday/abroad on own/with friends
10. First car
11. First pay cheque
12. Buying your own house
13. None of the above