University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0841
Survey Title 47th Fact-finding Survey on Student Life, 2011
Depositor National Federation of University Co-operative Associations
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary The “Fact-finding Survey on Student Life” has been conducted every October since 1963 with the objective of clarifying the state of university students’ lifestyles, especially, financial life, and the views and behavior of university students, to enhance the lives of university students through the implementation of the results in the activities and operations of university co-operatives. The 2011 survey is the 47th survey.

This time, in addition to question items posed in previous surveys (lifestyle expenses, consumer behavior, etc.), we have also included question items related to the Great East Japan Earthquake that happened on March 11, 2011 to understand the reality of changes in people’s consciousness/behavior, and situation of people’s participation as volunteers.

The results of this survey bring to the fore the pressure that the long-ongoing recession continues to exert on students and their families’ economic lives, in the form of decreases in amounts remitted to boarding students and increases in the rate of students commuting from home who receive scholarships, as well as the gravity of the mental and fiscal burden that job-hunting activities in these circumstances places on students. In addition, the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake are widely apparent both in students’ attitudes and in their behavior. Raised awareness of disaster prevention and feelings of valuing connections between people and wanting to be useful for disaster-affected areas have evidently sprouted in many students, albeit with differences between genders and regions.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Undergraduate students (some students in six-year programs) in national/prefectural/municipal and private universities
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Number of responses: 8,498
*To more accurately capture changes over time, the summary and analysis in the report utilizes the 8,498 cases collected from the 28 University Co-ops targeted every year (Please also refer to Notes for Users).
Date of Collection 2011-10 ~ 2011-11
October to November 2011
Time Period 2011 ~ 2011
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Simple random
Probability: Stratified
Probability: Stratified: Proportional
Random sampling (Sampling was performed using the student lists or similar of each university co-operative.)
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Self-administered mail survey
Co-ops sent out and collected the questionnaire forms by mail (by hand in some cases).
Investigator National Federation of University Co-operative Associations
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0841
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Questionnaire
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items (1) Attributes
- Major, year in school, age, gender, marital status, university entrance exams, type of residence/size and layout/bathroom, mode of transportation to commute to school, commuting time

(2) University life
- University life: number of days per week attending university, time of arriving at and leaving from university, number of classes attended, important aspects of university life, whether the current university was the respondent’s first choice, reason for choosing the current university, regarding classes, level of satisfaction with university facilities and environment, level of satisfaction with relationships with people, atmosphere, and program

- Employment: planned path, worries, desired occupation/deciding on job type, cost of job hunting, burden respondent feels regarding job hunting

(3) Daily life
- Reading, club activities, situation of hospitalization/receiving outpatient services, meals, worries in daily life, people to confide in, feelings/action since the Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2011), reason for volunteering, opinion regarding operation of nuclear power plants

(4) Consumption behavior  
- Whether respondent has a PC/smartphone/tablet and usage level

(5) Content of Co-op activities, evaluation and use of Co-ops
- Usage and evaluation of Co-op books division, Co-op retail division, and Co-op cafeteria, level of awareness regarding Co-op activities 

(6) Economic life
- Current living conditions, burden of payments to university, receipt and use of scholarship funds, part-time (arubaito) job, living expenses and savings, occupation and annual income of father and mother

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2012/11/14
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Consumption and consumer behaviour
Higher and further education
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2012-11-14
Notes for Users - The number of cases in this dataset is 16,885 (72 University Co-ops), which does not match the number of respondents (8,498) to the survey.
- Information on the universities used in the report are not included in this dataset.