A Lament for the Millennials (2): UK house prices vs. average student debt upon graduation 2000-2015

A previous post looked at the challenges young people face when trying to make a start in life.

I looked into how house prices and student debt upon graduation have changed over the past 15 years.

In the period 2000-2015:

  • Average UK house prices increased 2.4x – from £80k to £194k
  • Average student debt upon graduation is projected to increase 14.9x – from £2,960 to £44,035

Student debt vs house pricesCombined with stagnating wages and limited pension provision there is an ever increasing wealth gap between the generations. This surely must rise up the political agenda as young people realise the profound implications of economic trends and government policy.


Sources:   Nationwide house price index: http://www.nationwide.co.uk/about/house-price-index/download-data

Student loans company: http://www.slc.co.uk/media/5420/slcsfr012014.pdf

Sutton Trust: http://www.suttontrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/payback-time-report.pdf

About Simon Shaw

I'm a Director at an insight consultancy. I'm interested in marketing, market research & consumer psychology. The views expressed are not necessarily those of my employer.
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2 Responses to A Lament for the Millennials (2): UK house prices vs. average student debt upon graduation 2000-2015

  1. Simon Shaw says:

    “Home ownership among young adults has ‘collapsed’, study finds
    Chances of owning home in UK have more than halved in 20 years, Institute for Fiscal Studies says”: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/feb/16/homeownership-among-young-adults-collapsed-institute-fiscal-studies

  2. Simon Shaw says:


    Resolution Foundation report 2018: the time taken for someone in their late 20s to save for an average deposit for a house in 1986 was 3 years; in 2016 it was 19 years.

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