Students: Public Transport

Department for Education written question – answered at on 25 October 2023.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make and estimate of the number of domestic students commuting to university campuses in each of the last five years.

Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of domestic students commuting to university campuses in each of the last five years.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

The Office for Students Size and Provision dashboard offers the closest approximation of commuter students available. It shows the proportion of full-time undergraduate entrants (domestic and international) that were local to their higher education (HE) provider prior to entry has remained around one in four between 2018/19 and 2021/22.

Number of students entering HE that were local to their HE provider prior to entry

Full-time, undergraduate degrees only

All domiciles

English providers only

Academic year

Number

% (where home address and study location are known)

2018/19

127,490

25.5%

2019/20

136,410

25.8%

2020/21

148,940

27.0%

2021/22

138,600

25.4%

Source: https://officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/size-and-shape-of-provision-data-dashboard/data-dashboard/.

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