A THIRD of new students don’t even know how to boil an egg

September 25, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

One in three students will head off to university unable to boil an egg, it was revealed yesterday.

A new study has uncovered a string of basic chores the average 18 year old can’t do, including making a pot of tea, putting on a white wash and buying a train ticket.

Indeed, a fifth of students would struggle to make themselves toast for breakfast, while 23 per cent wouldn’t know how to make the bed in a morning.


Tea and toast for breakfast is a thing of the past for many new students

A further 35 per cent of 18-year-olds don’t feel competent in folding and storing their laundry, and 42 per cent wouldn’t know where to begin in ironing a shirt.

In contrast however, cash-strapped students are more than capable at balancing the books with 63% of mums and dads having every confidence their children will cope well with budgeting.

They are also adept at keeping ahead of the digital age with over half of students able to set up a laptop with broadband and upload photographs. And if they are lucky enough to have a car, a trip home to see mum and dad may well be on the cards as 46 per cent of students are able to use a sat-nav.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s, which conducted the poll of 934 parents of children aged 18 to 25 said “Despite feeling like fully fledged adults, the reality is that a whole host of students heading off to college this month need a crash course as to how to set themselves up for their new lives.

“Teenagers are more than capable of looking after themselves but the vast majority don’t even own a saucepan!

“With the right leaving home equipment and some pointers from mum and dad, life in student digs will be much more comfortable”.

The study shows many students will go hungry during their first term, as 48 per cent are currently unable to make a simple dish such as spaghetti bolognese, while a third are bemused by baking a potato.

Students are being sent off to college lacking the most basic equipment with only a third owning a saucepan, 17 per cent owning a wok and 20 per cent counting a casserole dish amongst their belongings. It’s no wonder then that Sainsbury’s sees sales of instant food, such as ready meals and quick noodles go up more than two fold by students during the university term times.

And when it comes to the cleaning, mum might be visiting to help out at the end of term, as 35 per cent of 18-year-olds have never touched a vacuum cleaner, 50 per cent can’t use the tumble dryer and 31 per cent are more than happy to bypass learning how to dust.

Even tasks such as setting up a direct debit (44 per cent) and paying a bill (35 per cent) confuse some students.

As the research indicates, visiting the supermarket is sure to bewilder most teenagers, as two thirds wouldn’t have a clue which cleaning products to buy and 42 per cent aren’t clear about ‘use by’ dates.

And there are still many household gadgets 18-year-olds won’t have got to grips with including the washing machine (23 per cent), iron (22 per cent), kettle (17 per cent) and toaster (18 per cent).

Despite there being a multitude of tasks the average students aren’t confident at, they are surpassing older generations with their technological and financial skills, including saving money, installing apps on a smart phone, downloading movies and videos and editing photos – perhaps now deemed by young people more vital to the modern age than household chores.

The Sainsburys spokeswomen continues: “The thing to remember is that while many students or 18-year-olds might not be pros at carrying out basic household tasks, they are incredibly competent at using gadgets and technology, and have also become really savvy with money.

“Times have changed, and although household tasks may not be the priority for youngsters today, they are proficient at doing many other things, and these skills will carry them through their university years and beyond.




Boil an egg                                                       30 per cent

Make toast                                                        18 per cent

Make a pot of tea                                              26 per cent

Cook a full English                                            43 per cent

Make a spaghetti Bolognese                              48 per cent

Cook a jacket potato                                         30 per cent

Make a bed                                                       23 per cent

Iron a shirt                                                         42 per cent

Do a white wash                                                44 per cent

Dust a room                                                      31 per cent

Fold clothes neatly                                            35 per cent

Vacuum a room                                                 35 per cent

Sew on a button                                                53 per cent

Set up a direct debit                                          44 per cent

Buy a train ticket                                                23 per cent

Pay a bill                                                          35 per cent

Set up a DVD player                                         33 per cent

Use a tumble dryer                                            50 per cent

Know which foods can be reheated                    66 per cent

Know how to look at ‘use by’ dates                    42 per cent

Know which cleaning products to buy                 62 per cent


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