Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates.
Former student Matt Zarb-Cousin told the BBC: “One day I lost about £2,500 just on [gambling] machines. I came very close to taking my own life.”
The Association of British Bookmakers declined to comment on the findings.
Mr Haden added: “Clearly with the raft of new students heading to uni at this time of year we should do more for the student population.”
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