It’s another sign of how hard it is for youth to make ends meet in B.C.
A new study shows that more than half of post secondary students are having trouble paying for activities outside of school.
Ray Kheradbasksh is with TD Canada Trust which ran the survey.
“Over 53% of current post secondary students surveyed in BC say the cost of activities outside of their tuition prevents them from joining activities, or it limits the number of activities that they can participate in.”
Kheradbasksh says while about three quarters of students do engage in activities, half of them take up a part time job to pay for it and under a quarter each dip into savings or their student loans.
“Once you pay for your tuition, and text books, and for your living expenses, it’s really hard to budget for anything else. That’s why most students do end up getting some sort of summer job.”
She says about a quarter go to mom and dad, while just over 20 per cent dip into savings or student loan.
Kheradbasksh advises that many students can save by using tuition covered features like gyms, or by creating clubs or getting certified in an activity.