Laptop computers, iPods and mobile phones – even widescreen TVs – mean today's UK students have more valuable possessions than ever before, new research reveals.

Direct Line Home Insurance claims that the value of students' possessions has climbed by 50 per cent in ten years. On average, students now own an avaerage £2,900 worth of goods. In 1996 they held £1,900 worth.

More than half of the students surveyed have an MP3 player (most MP3 players sold in the UK are iPods) or laptop computer.

The survey team spoke to 2,558 adults and 587 current students to assess these claims.