While the relative costs tell you something, it’s important to put them in context. Students rightly put the choice of course first, rather than cost. But hours spent socialising have the greatest impact on how much students enjoy their course. A city such as Cambridge has students that socialise less, earn less in part time jobs, receive less income overall and spend more time doing course work – and so for are presumably less likely to enjoy their time at university.
Cities where students take on a lot of part-time work during the term such as Brighton and Belfast have higher incomes, socialise the least, presumably on account of their work commitments. It’s a thought-provoking insight into whether taking on part-time work provides income at the expense of the enjoyment of their university lives.