09/01/2013 06:04 EDT | Updated 11/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Many students must choose: education or debt?

Thousands of first-year university students across B.C. are moving into their dorms and residences this weekend.

As average student debt continues to climb across Canada, however, many are left to question if it's worth the investment.

The CBC's Tim Weekes went to the University of British Columbia to get a better sense of why young people continue to pour into post-secondary institutions, and why some aren't.