Only 27 percent of UK students feel that their university provides adequate mental health support, according to the NatWest Student Living Index 2020, released today.\r\nThe study surveyed 2,806 university students living in the UK in June 2020 and found that Southampton was the best UK student city for prioritizing mental health support. \r\nSouthampton leads the way with prioritizing mental health\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nAccording to the study, Southampton is currently the best student city in the UK when it comes to prioritizing students’ mental health. Just under half (49 percent) of the city’s students agreed that Southampton provides adequate support for mental health.\r\nThe next best student cities for supporting mental health were Nottingham at 40 percent and Aberdeen at 38 percent.\r\nDespite this, these universities still have a long way to go before 100 percent of students are satisfied with their mental health provisions.\r\nOn the other end of the scale, Norwich scored the worst in the UK, with only 12 percent of Norwich’s students saying they were satisfied with the city’s wellbeing support.\r\nCoventry and Swansea also performed badly, with approval ratings of 15 percent and 13 percent respectively.\r\nUnaffordable wellness programs for students\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nStudents have spent less overall on self-care and wellbeing activities this year, despite the added stresses of a global pandemic, NatWest revealed.\r\nUK students spent an average of £12 each month on self-care and wellness activities in 2020, the study found, which is down by 14 percent from last year.\r\nOne explanation may be the lack of affordable wellbeing activities in student cities. Only 58 percent of students claimed to have access to affordable wellbeing programs at university, according to NatWest’s study, a drop of 13 percent from last year.\r\nThe index found that the most affordable UK city for wellness is Edinburgh, where 80 percent of students were satisfied with the price of the city’s wellness activities.\r\nIn second place is Southampton, which also performed well. An impressive 75 percent of students said they were satisfied with the affordability of wellbeing programs provided.\r\nThe cities where students claimed to have the least affordable access to health and wellbeing activities were Coventry (46 percent) Poole (39 percent) and Swansea (38 percent).\r\nWhere do students feel most stressed about their studies?\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nStudents at Southampton were least likely to find their studies stressful, according to the study. Only 29 percent of students in Southampton said that they were stressed about their university work.\r\nInterestingly, the three cities with the least affordable access to wellbeing activities, Coventry, Poole and Swansea, had high numbers of students feeling stressed about their degree studies. All three placed above the national average.\r\nThis suggests that access to affordable wellbeing programs and the level of stress students feel about their degree may be interlinked, although this was not proved.