They wanted cuts to tuition fees and votes for over 16s: they got a speech “for the older generation”, say Birmingham students, which was “hypocritical”, “out of touch” – and too patriotic.
Video above features Anita Alliu, Josh Pritchard, Lashay Malcolm, Hassan Mahmudul, Ravneet Jandu, Sarah Kelly, Lamis Kola and Wesley King.
With the Scottish referendum, a renewed focus on engaging youth in politics hit the limelight – so Channel 4 News sat down with eight students to discuss their views on the prime minister’s speech.
So what did they think?
What Cameron said: "I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom..."
This is boring waffle. Wesley King, 17, when Cameron talks about D Day anniversary
He’s trying to make out like he’s normal. Like he does normal things. Lashay Malcolm, 17
What Cameron said: "We will reduce the benefits cap, and we will say to those 21 and under: no longer will you have the option of leaving school and going straight into a life on benefits. You must earn or learn."
What Cameron said: "800,000 fewer people on the main out-of-work benefits. In the next five years we're going to go further. You heard it this week – we won't just aim to lower youth unemployment; we aim to abolish it."
What Cameron said: "Young people watched Location, Location, Location not as a reality show – but as fantasy."
What the students said:
No-one I know watches that. Who cares? Josh Pritchard, 17
What Cameron said: "The next Conservative Government will guarantee a place on National Citizen Service for every teenager in our country."
What the students said:
You can already get on it if you want to. Don’t know why he’s made such a big deal about it. Lashay Malcolm, 17
What Cameron said: "The next Conservative Government will protect the NHS budget and continue to invest more."
Why is he talking about using a hospital? He can use a private one anyway. Lamis Kola, 16
However, all the students liked the prime minister saying that a “Good NHS needs a strong economy”.
What Cameron said: "Let's hear it for the woman who made it happen: our crime-busting Home Secretary, Theresa May."
Following lots of “boos”…
She too old, doesn’t engage with young people.
I instantly turn off when she starts talking.
She doesn’t have the people’s touch. Wesley King, 17