You might be thinking, how am I going to afford university? Well,
student finance has got your tuition fees covered (sigh of relief). However, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll have money left over from your loan once you’ve paid rent, and no one enjoys the pleading phone call to family asking for money… yet again. So, it might be worth considering getting a part-time job to see you through uni.
many advantages to part-time employment while studying. A few of these include meeting new people, earning money, organising your time effectively and a few free meals here and there too!
But what jobs can students
This role involves simply speaking to prospective students and their family members about your university, easy peasy. Such positions are often advertised on the Students’ Union (SU) website or, you can contact someone at the careers hub to gain more information on positions and how to apply.
Here’s a few examples of institutions which offer student ambassador roles, including the hourly salary, and you can
find more on the Glassdoor website.
However, it’s important to keep in mind these shifts can involve standing outside, so it might be worth applying in the summer semester!
You might not fancy pulling pints for a living, but bar work is often a great part-time job for those seeking flexible hours. You can attend your lectures, work in the library and still manage to earn some extra money in the evenings. Although, some bar shifts can finish late at night, which doesn’t appeal to everyone.
It’s also worth acknowledging that most bar roles are popular among students and can be in high demand, so check out the job board before starting uni to avoid disappointment.
You could also
hand in your CV to local pubs/bars but your uni SU should be more understanding of deadlines and flexibility.
If you can’t think of anything worse than serving your fellow peers at a bar, other roles offered by the university can include the campus book shop or convenience store, if you’re seeking retail work. Of course, both of these positions would require day time/weekend shifts, which could interfere with lectures, revision or that all important social life.
It could be worth applying for several roles through the university, and then once you’ve received your timetable, you can choose a job which best suits your schedule.
Fancy earning money from your living room? Online tutoring is a popular way to earn extra cash and with sites like
My tutor, you can teach a subject that you enjoyed at GCSE or A-levels.
Another major appeal of tutoring is the hourly rate is far higher than other typical part-time jobs. Granted, you’ll probably only be required for a maximum of 2 hours, but just one session could earn you up to £50. That’s roughly 2 weeks of food shopping! Not too shabby eh?
You can also choose the option to tutor in private, which is particularly sought after in London.
Another avenue to consider includes working for a promotional company which can be casual, flexible and a great way to meet new people. For example,
Mash is an agency situated in major cities across the UK such as London, Edinburgh and Manchester. In this role you could expect to find yourself working at a festival, sampling activities and handing out flyers at sports sponsorship events. Perhaps a great way to explore a new city and meet a range of people, all while earning money!
One London-based agency is MG promotions, where you’re paid to hand out promotional materials such as free magazines/newspapers. Although a little tedious, you can earn up to £15/hr and shifts are readily available if you’re in need of immediate work.
Hopefully these examples have given you some inspiration and reassurance while thinking about affording life at uni. If you have any specific questions, feel free to
tweet Whatuni and a member of the team will try to point you in the right direction!
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