Uni students less likely to display risky behaviour: ABS

THE fast-paced party lifestyle once seen as a rite of passage at university is no more, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Figures on social trends released on Thursday revealed university students were less likely to smoke or drink at risky levels, and more likely to exercise than others in the same age group.

The data reveals most students now go straight from school to university, and there continues to be more women than men studying - in line with trends since 1987.

ABS director of social and progress reporting Jane Griffin-Warwicke said business, management and teaching were the most popular courses in 2012.

Nursing, accounting and law also were among the most popular courses, while more men studied business and more women studied teaching.

"The report showed that it is common for higher education students to work while they study," Ms Griffin-Warwicke said.

"In 2012, nearly half of those students aged 15-24 worked part-time and studied full-time, whereas older students did the opposite and were more likely to work full-time and study part-time."

Nearly a third of all university students were also born overseas, while 86% of students who lived outside a capital city five years ago still studying in a regional area.

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