M&S Money warns insurance homework should be a priority for todays students

From: M&S Money
Published: Tue Sep 28 2010

A new survey by M&S Money* has revealed that, as thousands of students prepare to head to university, the average student bedroom contains a massive £1620 worth of gear – yet only half of students have contents insurance.

The poll found that the average student crams into their room almost £699 worth of electrical gadgets and appliances, £444 worth of clothes, sports equipment valued at £246 and textbooks worth £231.

The huge value of a student's bedroom is not surprising, with over half of students (55%) owning a laptop, 48% possessing a MP3 player and 20% a widescreen television.

The survey also revealed that 27% of students have been burgled while at university with 71% being burgled more than once.

Despite this, only 52% of students who took part in the survey said that they have insurance to cover their possessions whilst the items are in their student accommodation.

M&S Money points out that many students heading to university will not need to buy a standalone student policy and should check if their parents' home insurance policy provides sufficient cover.

Students whose parents have M&S Premier Home Contents insurance receive unlimited cover for their possessions while living in student accommodation. This covers events such as damage, flood or theft from halls.

The student bedroom of 2010 is very different from student bedrooms of the 80s. To mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of the financial services arm of M&S**, M&S Money surveyed students who went to university in 1985 to find out their most cherished items.

Andrew Ferguson, M&S head of General Insurance, said: "While the contents of a student's bedroom have changed a great deal in the past 25 years, one thing remains the same – they have expensive tastes.

"Students of 2010 preparing for the new academic year may see insurance as an unnecessary expense on top of everything else. But as our survey shows the modern day student bedroom is a goldmine for thieves, so insurance could be the best investment students make this autumn.

"Many students would be surprised to know that their valuables may already be covered – they just need to check whether their parents' home insurance policy covers their property when away from home."


Notes to Editors:
* Figures from OnePoll. Total sample size was 500 adults attending university in 2010 and 500 adults who attended university in 1985. Fieldwork was undertaken 14-23 August 2010. The survey was carried out online.
** St Michael Financial Services was formed in 1985 to oversee the introduction of the M&S Chargecard, which was launched nationally in stores on 2nd April 1985.

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc, making 2010 the company's 25th anniversary.

The company is a top-ten Credit Card provider and the second-largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including M&S Car Insurance home insurance and family pet insurance, as well as loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,364 billion at 31 December 2009, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as 'the world's local bank'. M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer. M&S Home Insurance policies are provided by AXA Insurance UK plc. Terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations apply. Calls may be monitored and recorded.

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