How Much Sex Are College Kids Having? UK Study Reveals the Sexual Practices of University Students

Wondering how your sexual practices measure up to those of your fellow college students? A recent UK study conducted by Student Beans surveyed 6,129 students over 100 universities, asking them questions about their sexual experiences. The report covers everything from students' favorite sexual positions to the ages they lost their virginity to how they feel about doggy-style. The editor of Student Beans, James Read, said of the study, "University is often about freedom and experimentation, and sex and relationships are a key part of this."

Indeed, sexual freedom is, for many, a large part of the college experience, and that's (mostly) a good thing. Here are eight of the study's most striking findings.

1. Look to your left. Look to your right. One of you has had sex in a public place.

The study found that a whopping 29 percent of students have had sex in a public place. Respect, guys.

2. Women worry more.

Whenever I read studies on sexual behavior, I must brace myself for the stats with dramatic gender disparities. Why? Because they're usually disheartening. As would be expected, women have far more concerns during sex than their male partners. 58 percent of women surveyed said they worried about their appearance during the act, compared to 24 percent of men. The worrying, however, is more evenly distributed when it comes to performance. 66 percent of college men worried about their sexual performance, compared to 57 percent of women.

3. They're looking for love in all the wrong places.

About half of students — 51% — admitted to having had a one night stand. Sounds about right. The next stat, however, is a bit alarming: 39 percent of students said they want to find their significant others at some point during college (though it looks like they may be going about it the wrong way).

4. Oh God. So much unprotected sex.

This is by far the most troubling statistic from the survey: 51 percent of female students said they were having unprotected sex, as did 61 percent of male students. This is deeply problematic, especially considering that most students' sexual encounters seem to be casual hook-ups, many with partners they'll never see again. Female students claimed, unsurprisingly, that they expected men to be prepared with condoms. But the men are certainly not prepared as much as they should be — 30 percent of female students said they'd taken the morning after pill at some point.

5. Sexual regret abounds.

More than half of female students (57 percent) said they've regretted having sex with someone, compared to 47 percent of men. I may know what part of the problem is...a third of students said they've had sex with someone they lived with. College students, if you're reading, read this extra carefully: Sleeping with a roommate never, EVER ends well. Ever. You are not the exception to the rule.

6. Men and women are equally likely to cheat.

Yay, gender equality! Male and female students are just as likely to cheat on their partners (Well, 28 percent of women and 27 percent of men, but that's as close to equal as we're going to get).

7. "Girl-on-top" reigns supreme.

Of all students surveyed, 28 percent said their favorite position is girl-on-top, which made it the most popular. In close second was doggy style, which 27 percent of students said was their favorite position.

8. Some majors are more sexually active than others.

According to the study, philosophy and hospitality majors are having the most sex. Less lucky, however, are those who major in chemical engineering, nursing, or human resources, the three departments with the least sexually active students. The average chemical engineer was found to have just 2.3 sexual partners over the course of her college career. If you're interested in which UK university students are having the most sex, check out this exhaustive table. (Get it, University of Brighton. Get it.)