Large number of university leavers want to marry by the time they’re 30

The majority of young people leaving university today expect to get married within a decade, a new study has revealed.

A survey of 1423 graduates, published by the insurance company Endsleigh, found that half of all men and two thirds of women were eager to tie the knot before they turned 30.

Julia Alpan, Endsleigh’s marketing manager, said: “University leavers are clearly bullish and ambitious in their hopes and expectations for the future, aiming to reach a number of significant life milestones, including becoming established in their careers, buying a home, getting married and having their first child – all by the age of 30.”

The report, which was put together using information from the National Union of Students (NUS), found that the average woman expected to move in with her boyfriend by 25, marry at 28, buy a home at 29 and have her first child at 30.

Men are in slightly less of a hurry, although their future plans are only slightly behind those of women. Typically they envisage cohabiting at 26, getting married at 30 and becoming a father at 32.

In reality however, many twenty somethings end up putting their plans on hold because of the growing expense of getting married, rising property prices and, quite often, the challenge of finding the right person to settle down with.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that while many young people are indeed saying “I do” around the age of 28, they’re having to wait longer to get their foot on the property ladder and many are waiting until their 30s of 40s to start a family of their own.