Two-thirds of students would consider cryptocurrency to cover university costs

Recent research from UniHomes shows that students in higher education are twice as likely to invest in crypto than the general population

Two-thirds (67%) of university students would consider relying on cryptocurrency to cover the cost of university, according to recent research by student accommodation provider UniHomes.

A survey of 1,365 students on 19 May this year revealed that university students are twice as likely to invest in crypto then the general population, with an estimated 189,000 UK undergraduates currently owning some form of the currency.



Estimated number of crypto owners
Population segment Estimated number of crypto owners Approx % of population
United Kingdom



UK Undergraduate Students



While the crypto market remains volatile, it is thought that 3.4m people across the country have invested, amounting to approximately 5% of the population and placing the UK 11th in the global rankings for investor prominence. By comparison, 10% of the student population currently own crypto, amounting to 188,948 young people.

In terms of cryptocurrency ownership by employment status, university students come second only to military personnel (20%).

“Students are becoming more entrepreneurial, with out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financial savviness, compared to previous generations” – Phil Greaves, UniHomes

The survey also confirmed that many students are keen to maintain their grasp of the crypto market, with 18% saying they are still keeping money aside to invest in the likes of cryptocurrencies, stocks and shares.

While the opportunity for crypto transactions remains limited, students are keen for this to change, with 67% saying they would consider using the fruits of their crypto investments to cover the cost of their university tuition, rent, and even the general cost of living if they could.



Data Description

Data Point

Average tuition fees


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Average cost of living


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Annual total


Tution + average cost of living
Total for three year degree


Annual total x 3
1 Bitcoin


Coin Desk (May 17th, 9am)
Bitcoin required to cover three year degree


Three year cost / Bitcoin value

The study found that the average overall cost of higher education in the UK is £18,024 a year. With Bitcoin currently valued at £28,175 (as of 20 May), students studying a three-year degree could comfortably cover tuition and life expenses with just 1.92 Bitcoin at current market rates.

“With cryptocurrency such a new form of investment, it’s interesting to see just how many students would consider this a viable currency in the future,” said Phil Greaves, co-founder and director of UniHomes.

“Students are becoming more entrepreneurial, with out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financial savviness, compared to previous generations.”

In other news: Middlesex University uses augmented reality to entice new students


1 Comment
  • John Dexfolio
    John Dexfolio

    As bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies become more popular and widely accepted, expect to see universities around the world to not only accept them as payment, but also introduce courses focused on blockchain technology. Fortunately, universities in the U.S., Europe, and Russia have incorporated such courses. John Dex –

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