University of Portsmouth named among UK’s top 20 places for new sugar babies as Seeking Arrangement memberships soar ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The University of Portsmouth has been criticised over the closure of its radiotherapy and oncology course. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
The University of Portsmouth has been criticised over the closure of its radiotherapy and oncology course. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
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STUDENTS at the University of Portsmouth are among some of the nation's keenest to find themselves a ‘sugar daddy’ or a ‘sugar mummy’, a survey has claimed. 

The institution appears 16th in an annual list of the fastest-growing universities for sign-ups to the US sugar baby website Seeking Arrangement, released on Tuesday. 

A total of 83 University of Portsmouth students allegedly joined the website in 2018, taking the total number of Seeking Arrangement sugar babies at the institution to 749. 

The company claims sugar babies, who get money from a wealthy man or woman in return for varying degrees of companionship, receive as much as £2,900 per month on average. 

It said the figure made it ‘easy to understand’ why students across the country had sought a ‘unique way’ to fund their university education, which can cost £9,250 per year. 

But the University of Portsmouth questioned the legitimacy of its sign-up statistics. 

A spokeswoman for the institution said: ‘There has been no independent verification of its claims and no suggestion its claims are based on fact.