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Hard Pressed Students Need to Swot Up On Cover

CHESTER, England, September 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Students tagging on to their parent's home contents policy can save money on insurance

Cash strapped students preparing to start university should check their contents insurance options advises MoneySupermarket.com.

With tuition fees on the rise and average graduate debt expected to reach £23,200[1] it is more necessary than ever for students to shop around for the best deals to save cash, including on the insurance policies they will need if living away from home.

Contents insurance is essential for all students. Whilst standalone policies are available, parents should check whether their own home insurance will also cover their children who are planning on studying elsewhere. Standalone policies can sometimes prove costly for items such as PCs, TVs and gadgets especially if multiple items are insured separately however research from Britain's number one comparison site shows some insurers will extend the same level of cover provided on a parent's policy for children away at university for no extra cost.[2]

Peter Harrison, insurance expert at MoneySupermarket.com, said: "Students gearing up for the start of university may be more focussed on the fun of fresher's week than thinking about their insurance cover. Whilst it is tempting for students to get carried away with partying and meeting new people, they can be a prime target for theft and burglary. Many will have a number of expensive electrical items which will need protecting; foregoing insurance could prove a false economy.

"It's vital to take out adequate cover to protect belongings such as iPods, laptops and mobile phones. One way to bring down the cost for this cover is to add students onto their parent's home contents policy. Parents should be aware however, that any claims made will directly impact their own claims history and potentially result in increased premiums in the future. It is also essential to make sure you read the small print as cover levels can vary from those applied to the existing policy, depending on the insurer. Students may also find it worthwhile looking at providers such as Endsleigh who offer specific student insurance policies."

In addition, taking a car to university can be a costly exercise as the postcode you live in can heavily affect your premium.

Pete Harrison continued: "Students need to weigh up the cost of taking a car to university as the change of address could increase their premiums. Additionally, once the costs of running a vehicle are factored in this could mean the total expense of running a car is beyond what many students can afford. Those who do decide to take their cars with them should notify their insurer so they can amend their policy details to reflect their change in living situation. It is crucial students getting behind the wheel shop around for the best car insurance deals to guarantee their money stretches as far as possible."

Notes to Editors:

[1] http://www.push.co.uk/document.aspx?id=f98650ae-c830-4a0e-965d-185a173a0f4d

[2] Based on a 19 year old student living in Halls of Residence

                       Covered Under
                          Parents
                         Contents                                       Amount Of
    Insurance Provider     Cover                Cost                  Cover

    Aviva                   Yes      Included in contents cover      Sum Insured

    Churchill               Yes      Included in contents cover     up to GBP4,000

    Direct Line             Yes      Included in contents cover      GBP5,000 or
                                                                    10% of content
                                                                     sum insured
                                                                    (whichever is
                                                                       greatest)

    esure                   Yes      Included in contents cover     up to GBP5,000

    M&S Premier             Yes      Included in contents cover        Unlimited


[All policies only relate to halls of residence]

Sourced by: Sourced by: http://www.moneysupermarket.com 29.08.2012[ 29.08.2012]

MoneySupermarket.com compares (at 20th July 2012)

  • 102 car insurance providers and 81 home insurance providers
  • 11 broadband providers and 18 energy providers   
  • 32 unsecured loan and 6 secured loan providers
  • 60 mortgage lenders and 28 credit card providers
  • 67 savings providers and 37 current account providers.
  • Over 1,600,000 mobile phone deals

Our customers

We help our customers to save money on all of their household bills by providing a free, easy to use online service so they can compare a wide range of products in one place and find the product most suited to their needs. Our size means we are able to offer our customers exclusive, market-leading deals, including some they can't even get direct from providers.

Our providers

By having considerable volumes of informed customers actively looking for products and ready to purchase, we offer our providers an efficient and cost effective customer acquisition solution across all of our channels. This enables our providers to target their marketing spend in an effective and completely measurable way.

Our revenue comes predominantly from fees paid to us by product providers when a customer clicks through to their website and actually applies for or purchases a product. It is a success based marketing fee.

Our customer commitment

  • We make it easy to find the brands you expect to see
  • We strive to ensure a product cannot be found cheaper by going direct
  • We let you remain in control of your personal data
  • We are independent and impartial
  • We make it easy to switch and save
  • We strive to always show the most competitive product available

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