Khambhaita, Priya and Bhopal, Kalwant
Home or away? The significance of ethnicity, class and attainment in the housing choices of female university students
Race Ethnicity and Education (doi:10.1080/13613324.2012.759927).
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Given the financial implications for studying at a higher education institution, students are faced with many decisions both in terms of the topics they wish to study but also the decision of whether to remain at home or move away. The aim of this paper is to compare the experiences of South Asian (Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani) female students to White females, to identify similarities and differences between women from the three Asian groups and also compare changes over time. This paper is focused on the term-time accommodation status of these students i.e. the decision to move away or stay residing in the parental/guardian home during their first year of university. Understanding students’ accommodation choices is important as it can limit the other choices they have to make such as which course to choose and students who are limited to their local institutions can only study what is offered by those particular institutions. We examine this issue by using binary logistic regression to analyse administrative enrolment data on HE students in England for academic years 1998/99 and 2005/06 from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
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