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10 Student Jobs You May Not Have Considered

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If there’s one thing that everyone will tell you about university, it’s that you’re going to be broke. Most freshers are living away from home for the first time in their lives and, while that brings a whole host of amazing new experiences and opportunities, it also brings the B-word. Bills. You go from being able to spend all your money on socialising with your mates, to watching it slip through your fingers on rent and groceries. It’s an adjustment but there are plenty of part-time jobs you may not have considered that you can do alongside your study to get a bit of extra cash.

1. Start at your university 

Perhaps one of the most convenient jobs to have whilst studying is at your Student Union - its a great way to combine work and study at university. Most universities offer everything from working in the shop and running the café to being part of their marketing team. A lot of students choose to work at open days and applicant days – it’s only a few days a year so isn’t a major commitment, and it gives you a little extra boost to your budget. 

2. Bars and Waitressing 

It’s almost a right of passage as a student to do your stint at a bar or as a waitress and, as most unis are in cities full of them, there’ll be no shortage of places to apply to. Yes, you’ll get the odd difficult customer – usually in the form of a 40-something stressed parent of 3 who likes to yell – but once that sweet sweet payslip comes in, does it really matter? 

Man pulling a pint at a bar

3. Shops and Supermarkets 

You can lump working in retail in with bars and waitressing as the stereotypical student job. It comes with the same potential for difficult customers but at the end of the day, these most likely aren’t the kinds of jobs you’ll be in for an extended period. They usually have the flexibility of shift work so that you can adapt it to your studies (and social life). 

4. Freelancer 

Turn your hobby into a job! Are you a master at photoshop or web design? A writer or graphic designer? Hone those skills and put yourself out there. Being your own boss and working at the hours suit you can be a savior when you don’t want to work through Christmas or have that last-minute essay.  A good place to start is to check online, there are several services available and waiting for you to jump in.

5. Virtual Assistant 

Have decent WiFi and a working laptop? Good news! If you have a look around, some jobs allow you to be a virtual assistant, just Google it. And what’s even better is that it’s one of the jobs that allow you to do it in the comfort of your own home. 

girl with laptop on her bed

6. Online Tutoring 

One job you may not have considered is tutoring. It does require some dedicated time slots; however, the paycheck is worth it. Most tutoring sites give you a lesson plan, so log on, get familiar with the subject and get paid. You can do it throughout uni but especially in your final year, you can see if any freshers need some help! 

7. Administrator / Data Entry 

Sometimes at Uni, especially when lectures and exams start getting hectic, you just want a job where you can plug in your headphones and do something monotonous and not really have to give it too much brainpower. If that’s what you’re looking for, then definitely have a look around for some admin jobs. 

8. Brand Ambassadors and Affiliate Marketing 

There are typically a lot of club promoter opportunities in cities and they’re suited to people that spend their nights partying and posting until the early hours of the morning. So, if that’s you, you might as well get paid for it!  

If that’s not your speed, why not try affiliate marketing? A lot of websites will pay you to refer your friends and yes, we do this too! Typically, these types of jobs are flexible and work on a commission basis, as well as having other discounts and benefits.

Want to give it a go? You can find out more about GRB's Affiliate programme here.   

9. Receptionist 

Another good part-time job for students as a receptionist. It’s a lot of paperwork, transferring calls, and dealing with customers and for people with an aversion to retail, it can be a great alternative. 

receptionist with customer

10. Delivery Driver 

If all else fails, being a delivery driver/cyclist can be a good way to make money without having to deal with the intensity of being around customers the entire time. It has got its setbacks, so just make sure you do your research 

So, there you have it. That’s some of our suggestions where you can find part-time work at university. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a good place to start! It’s always best to start your search early, maybe even before you move, as in some cases there are 1000’s of students flocking to a city in September, most of which will need to find a job.  

Enjoyed this blog? Take a look at: Surprising Benefits of Having a Part-Time Job or Should you Get a Part-Time Job at University?

GRB Blog Author and Student - Noreen J

Noreen is GRB's Marketing placement student from the University of Winchester. She enjoys cheerleading and reading in her spare time.

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