Basically every college student has Netflix (but guess how many pay for it)

Basically every college student has Netflix (but guess how many pay for it)
Netflix is basically a necessity.
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The checklist for college freshmen in 2017? Textbooks, mini-fridges, and Netflix. 

A new study reports that a whopping 92 percent of college students have access to Netflix. In that same survey by LendEDU, only 8 percent of college students said that they didn’t have an account. The rest have their own account (34 percent), use a friend or family member’s account (54 percent), or use a current or former significant other’s account (5 percent). 

The survey, spotted by Business Insider, suggests that Netflix is basically a necessity—or at least a given—for college students. Another survey question backs that up: when they had to pick one streaming service, 84 percent of the 6,660 college students surveyed chose Netflix. HBO GO came next with 12 percent, and just 4 percent said Hulu (Amazon didn’t factor into the survey). 

LendEDU surveyed college students over a full year and a half—from October 2015 to April 2017. So maybe Hulu or HBO GO would do better now? 

Either way, 18- to 22-year-olds expect to have Netflix. And if the 54 percent who rely on their family accounts ever get kicked off, Netflix could get a whole bunch of new customers. 

The 8 percent who don’t have Netflix must be busy studying, or something. In a remote part of the earth. Where there is no internet. 

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