CPC's Ann Berrington, Juliet Stone and Jane Falkingham article on the changing living arrangements of young adults in the UK was published today (8/12/09)in the Office for National Statistics publication, Population Trends. The article examines changes over the past twenty years in the living arrangements of young men and women aged 16-34 years, and how the proportions living with their parents differ by geographical region, education and economic activity.
The research finds that although over the past twenty years there appears to have been little change in the percentage of young adults aged 16-34 who live with their parents, there have been changes within the patterns of living arrangements among different age groups. For example, living with parents has become less common among those in their early twenties. This may be partly attributable to the increase in access to higher education over the last twenty years - although increasing numbers of students are staying in the family home, they are still very much in a minority, with most moving out to take up study.
In contrast, greater numbers in their mid-twenties and early thirties were living with their parents in 2008 than in 1988, with the tendency to do so higher among males than females.
The full article is available here in Population Trends 138 (Winter 2009).
You can read the press coverage of this article here;
The Belfast Telegraph
The Financial Times
The Times of India
You may also be interested in a publication from Eurostat on young people leaving home found here