Consumption Patterns of Dormitory Students in a Private University

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Andrew Christian Aseng


In this study the consumption patterns of dormitory students in a private university in Indonesia was investigated. The study covered both food and non-food consumption patterns based on gender, years of study, and type of dormitory. The research instrument was an adapted and modified questionnaire administered through a convenience sampling technique to students (N = 441) from seven dormitories. A t-test and one-way ANOVA along with Tukey’s Test were used to analyze the data. It was found that female students generally displayed a higher consumption pattern than males, with non-food items being higher than food consumption for both groups. Expenditure on sports was an exception, with males spending more than females. It was concluded that female students had a greater number of needs to satisfy. Generally, those students who lived in cheaper dormitories tended to spend less than those in the more expensive ones. Senior students tended to spend more on food and less on non-food items than other cohorts. Student needs were unique and varied, especially for non-food consumption items.


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