As university fees in the UK continue to spiral higher and higher, a growing number of young women have come up with a new way to meet the costs.
Many are now turning to ‘sugar daddies’ – wealthy older men – to help fund their education and according to Seeking Arrangements, a sugar daddy app, it now has 250,000 UK students on its books.
According to the BBC, this is up 40 per cent in the last year and although the figures are based on email address sign-ups – which means people could have multiple accounts – it is still a shocking amount of growth.
A lot of the new sign-ups have come from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Kent, reports the International Business Times.
BBC’s Newsbeat spoke to 20-year-old Clover Pittilla from Bournemouth who uses the app. She said:
There is a certain standard they have to meet. They are somewhere in life materially where they want to be and they just want to have fun now.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the whole arrangement sounds a little seedy, but Clover assured the BBC it wasn’t like that:
Sometimes [there is an expectation of sex] but they are usually quite forward with that. They usually say it straight away.
But if that is not what I want, that is not what I am going to do. But if they are attractive or whatever and you wouldn’t mind, then why not.
Seeking Arrangements founder and Chief Executive Officer Brandon Wade says the website is perfectly ethical, with minimal risk of personal information being accessed and no use of fake profiles or software bots.
The site also promises the potential sugar daddies ‘four sugar babies per sugar daddy’, and claims to offer ideal relationships which are upfront and honest arrangements with someone ‘who will cater to your needs’.
Top ten universities with sugar daddies:
As far as the students are concerned, the website says:
Unpaid bills no longer have to be a concern and they can indulge in shopping sprees, expensive dinners and exotic travels.
On top of that, it suggests they could find a mentor who can offer them ‘valuable guidance for long-term stability.’
High tuition fees strike again!