Students are advertising themselves on ‘sugar daddy’ websites as an alternative to getting part time jobs to pay their way through university, it has emerged.
Some of them say they are looking for “intellectual conversation”, in exchange for a fee, while others say they want to want to find a person who can “help them out financially in a way that is suited to them”.
And one profile states “everything is negotiable, preferably with a glass of wine”, Hull Live reports.
An increasing number of students are turning to seeking.com – a controversial dating website where people in financial need can appeal for help from rich, often much older, men and women.
Formerly known as Seeking Arrangement, the website allows women to post photographs and then accept messages from “high net worth” men, whose financial assets are listed on their profile – giving a clear indication of how much “help” they can offer.
The “sugar babies” as they are known, can write a profile to tell their admirers what it is they are looking for on the site, including how much money they want to earn.
“Sugar babies” who sign up with a .edu (university) email address receive an automatic upgrade to a premium profile for free.
“Sugar daddies” wanting to specifically romance a student can choose to do that on the site, with options of a “college”.
Hull Live a number of women studying in the city on the site advertising themselves to wealthy local men.
As well as education, “sugar daddies” can also choose their preferences in relation to body type, age (above 18), ethnicity, height, hair colour, whether they smoke or drink, relationship status, language and whether they have children.
On seeking.com, it seems you cannot be too specific in what you are looking for.
Some of the students from Hull on the site are very open in terms of what they are looking from in terms of the “sugar daddies” – and how far they are willing to go to get it.
One said: “Seeking somebody to help me out finally in a way that is suited to them, as I am fully flexible. Open to other sorts of arrangements but will have to be discussed first.”
Another simply said: “Everything is negotiable, preferably with a glass of wine” but then also said that she is “not an escort” and if the “sugar daddy” was “looking for a sex only relationship then I am not the one for you. I don’t want any drama in a relationship, just have a good time together beneficial for both of us. I love good manners and a sense of humour!”
Another said she was “looking for a true gentleman who knows how to treat a lady”.
One of the “sugar babies” even said she was not “too fussed” about luxury lifestyles, but put them in her profile to “see what would happen”.
She said: “I am seeking somebody who likes to have fun and try new things. I don’t care about age, gender or appearance, so let’s just see what happens.
“The person should be respectful though.”
None of the photographs on the Hull student’s profiles were overtly sexual and all just seemed to be average selfies that one would maybe have on their Facebook profile.
For men, they are encouraged to add how much money they make, with the sign up page asking for their net worth. The maximum they can put in is listed at “more than £60m”.
The amount of “sugar daddies” from Hull greatly outweighs the number of “babies.”
For women looking for “sugar daddies” they have more categories to choose from for men they want to date. They can choose from their body type, age, ethnicity, height, hair colour, whether they smoke or drink, their relationship status, education, whether they have children, they language, and most importantly – their income and net worth.
One man, from Beverley claims his net worth as £500,000 and says his body type is “a few extra pounds.”
Another, named as “Hull Landlord” said his net worth is £1m and he has an annual income of £100,000.
His profile says: “I enjoy eating out and fun conversation with a lot of banter. I am interested in learning what makes you tick and hopefully adding something positive to your life and you adding a positive to mine.
“I’m not looking for an online only or sending pics of each other in various stages of undress. I wish to be discreet and need you to be also.
“I’m looking to meet in person after chatting on here, chatting by text, or chatting or by phone. I’m not looking for a long-term relationship initially, but someone who is willing to give a break from reality and the usual daily grind. To bring a welcome break from the daily routine.”
Another “daddy” wrote that he was a “classy gent seeking his muse”.
He wrote: “Weekends away, European breaks, F1, something of a petrol head…like my women like my cars…fast, sleek and classy”.
He said he is seeking: “Must be attractive, intelligent, articulate and a non-smoker and know how to conduct herself in public and ‘private'”.
He listed his net worth as £5m.
For women searching, there is even a “quick view” which shows the list of all men in your searches with the most important categories shown including height, body type, ethnicity, net worth and annual income.
The American company that runs Seeking.com is more than open about the way the site is used and says more than 475,000 university students in the UK have turned to look for “sugar daddies” to avoid debts.
The website says: “On average, students receive a monthly allowance of £2,900 among other benefits, including networking opportunities and career or business advantage.
“Student sugar babies in the UK can get help paying for other university-related costs, such as books.”