Those are among the findings a national student survey which were published yesterday by student website, campus.ie.
The nationwide survey of 4,583 students found 70% are not regular smokers and only 15% of those who smoke, do so socially.
Half said they consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week, while 10% said they don’t drink.
Of those who did drink, 80% said they consume less than the weekly maximum recommended by the Health Service Executive — up to 11 units for women and up to 17 for men.
Almost 60% of the national sample said they have never taken illegal drugs. However, the UCC sample of 366 students showed just a third had never taken illegal drugs.
Marijuana was by the far the most common of the illicit drugs, with 55% of the UCC sample reporting they had smoked it, with a quarter trying ecstasy and 9% taking various hallucinogens.
The rate of UCC students who said that they did not drink alcohol (5%) was lower than the national average identified in the overall survey, with spirits (46%), beer (17%) and cider (11%) the most popular forms of alcohol.
The survey suggested a higher ratio of female students to male students in UCC — an almost 60:40 split.
Meanwhile, almost 90% of students surveyed described themselves as heterosexual, with 6% saying they were gay, and 2% who said they were still “questioning” their sexuality.
Just over a-third said they were in a relationship, 64% were single, with 80% describing themselves as “sexually active” — slightly above the national average. However, at 18%, the number of students who underwent an STI test is below the national average.
The survey found over half of the students (56%) do not live with their parents or depend on their family for financial support, and that 42% of students have either dropped out of, or want to drop out of their course. Most said they didn’t like their course, a fifth blamed stress and almost one third said based on hindsight, they would have changed their CAO selection.
The survey also found 40% of UCC students walk to college, with almost a third driving and a fifth getting the bus.