Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

Party days are over for students

The class of 2012 will no longer consist of "hard partying" students looking for a "laid-back" course.

A survey of 1,236 school and college leavers reveals that teenagers seeking to go to university this autumn are adopting a more "savvy" approach to enrolling for courses.

The findings by Unite, a supplier of student accommodation, emerge as universities prepare for a large fall in student numbers. The final figures, to be published on Monday, are expected to show a fall of between five and six per cent.