Students facing a financial shortfall have increasingly turned to cryptocurrency investment to fund life at university, a survey has suggested. The proportion of students investing in cryptocurrencies tripled in a year. Mental health issues and the pandemic were the most likely reasons, but 41% said money was the key issue. “With an unstable part-time job market as well as some parents losing earnings due to the pandemic, the usual funding sources for students bridging the finance shortfall have become hard to come by,” the typical student faced a shortfall of £340 every month, as maintenance loans failed to cover the average monthly living expenses of £810. Financial help from parents, a part-time job and savings are still the most likely ways by far to plug that gap. Some had found other ways to raise money, ranging from overdrafts and selling possessions to gambling and taking part in drugs trials. Investment in cryptocurrencies was still niche, with about 6% of students trying it, but their numbers had risen threefold in a year.