University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1163
Survey Title 52nd Fact-finding Survey on Student Life, 2016
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 autumn 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 2016 survey is the 52nd survey.

The results indicated a strong trend in student financial life, whereby pocket money/allowances are not expected from families and loan-type scholarships are shied away from in favor of securing one’s own income through increasing income from part-time work. Further, compared to 2015, when many students were voicing their political opinions, the proportion of students with an interest in politics had decreased, and the number of students who do not think Japan has a bright future had increased.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Undergraduate students in national/prefectural/municipal/private universities
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Number of responses: 10,155 people (response rate: 33.1%)
*To more accurately capture changes over time, the summary and analysis in the report utilizes the 10,155 cases collected from the 30 university co-operatives targeted every year (See the Notes for Users).
Date of Collection 2016-10 ~ 2016-11
October – November, 2016
Time Period 2016 ~ 2016
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-op.)
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.1163
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
 - Method of admission to the university
 - Type of residence, size/presence of kitchen and bath
 - Mode of transportation to commute to school, commuting time

(2) University life
 - University life
  Number of days per week attending university, schedule for attending and leaving university, number of classes attended
  Whether or not respondent likes university, fullness of student life, important aspects of university life
  Whether the current university was the respondent’s first choice, reason for choosing the current university

  - Student club activities
      Association/membership status

 - Future pathways and employment
  Planned pathway after completing undergraduate studies, worries regarding employment and details of such
  Initiatives to find work in desired occupation/job type, decision with respect to desired occupation/job type
  Whether respondent has participated in an internship
  Experience of job-hunting, problems and burdens relating to job-hunting

(3) Daily life
 - Average time spent reading per day
 - Average time spent using smartphone per day
 - Time spent studying independently per week (study time at university, study time outside of university)
 - Regarding meals (intake, location, content, eating-out expenses/purchase expenses)
 - Whether respondent has been admitted to hospital or been an outpatient in the last six months, days as inpatient/number of visits as outpatient, time when accident or injury occurred
 - Troubles encountered after enrolling in university
 - Everyday worries, existence of someone to confide in/consult with, person respondent can most confide in/consult with, whether the respondent wants someone to confide in/consult with
 - Level of interest in domestic and international politics, whether respondent thinks the future of Japan is bright
 - Whether respondent voted in the 2017 summer House of Councillors election
 - Voting behavior in the July 2016 House of Councillors election

(4) Economic life
 - Current conditions of lifestyle, future outlook, measures taken with respect to future income and expenditure
 - Current part-time (arubaito) job, part-time (arubaito) work experience in the last six months/income/main purpose of spending income
 - Receipt and use of scholarship funds, worries regarding repayment of scholarship
 - Living expenses for one month, use of “meal card” or similar/usage amount
 - Extraordinary expenses (amount spent in last six months/expected future expenses)
 - Occupation and annual income of main person supporting lifestyle, total income of other family members

(5) Details of activity, assessment, and use of a University Co-op
 - Usage and evaluation of Co-op books division, Co-op retail division, and Co-op cafeteria
 - Level of awareness regarding Co-op activities
 - Whether respondent reads the Co-op news, whether Co-op is familiar, level of satisfaction with and enjoyment of the university Co-op

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2018/04/10
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Consumption and consumer behaviour
Higher and further education
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2018-04-10
Notes for Users - The number of cases in this dataset is 20,115 (85 University Co-ops), which does not match the number of respondents (10,155) to the survey.
- Information on the universities used in the report are not included in this dataset.
- Q1J(Parent’s residence), Q19A (Name of bookstore), Q20A (Name of store), and Q21A (Name of cafeteria) are not publicly available.