According to a poll of 512 freshers many teenagers have never cooked or cleaned for themselves.
After years of being looked after at home 14 per cent of participants in the survey carried out by Sainsbury's said that they wouldn't know how to boil an egg while one in ten (11 per cent) said that didn't know how to cook at all.
With 57 per cent claiming to have never lived away from home it seems that many are unprepared for the challenges they face.
More than a fifth of university students questioned said that they had (22 per cent) never shopped for food alone and 13 per cent have never done their own ironing.
The supermarket giant warned that more than a quarter (25 per cent) of freshers have never budgeted for themselves and 18 per cent have failed to open a savings account.
Setting up on their own for the first time, 69 per cent said that they were new to paying utility bills and 68 per cent said it was their first time paying rent.
Natasha Virtue, from Sainsbury's Finance, said: 'Living alone for the first time with the responsibility for studying, managing finances and making new friends can be a daunting prospect.
'We'd urge students to take time to think about their finances, there are lots of helpful tools online for example on the UCAS website itself.
'Better figure out how to boil that egg too.'
The results are based on a poll conducted this September by the UK student and graduate market research group Opinion Panel.
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