To balance the books whilst you’re at university, you may need a second revenue stream aside from your student loan, so there are numerous part time jobs unversity students look to land.

Whether your loan barely covers your rent, or you’re a fan of living a more lavish lifestyle, getting a part-time job as a university student can be a good way to add some financial security whilst developing at the same time.

Although it’d be nice seeing a regular income, it’s important to remember that some universities advise on a certain ‘hours per week’ cap for working. You’re understandably at university to learn, so that must be first in your mind. Individual universities differ on their advice, but you’ll find that most average out at stating that about 15 hours a week should be the top end limit for work. This allows you to bring in a manageable wage, whilst also keeping a manageable education.

If you’re unsure about your rights as a full-time student and part-time worker, check out this employment rights article by Target Jobs which helps explain all.

If you’ve done your research and have now worked out that a part-time job in university is for you, then find our 7 part-time jobs university students can secure below.


Bar or cafe work

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This is as seasonal as it comes for work, which is perfect for students.

Student populations make up for a huge percentage of regular annual spending in some pubs, bars and cafes, so they need students to get involved. Not only will you meet new people, but the work tends to be understanding of the balance required for university work, whilst also not requiring you to stay during the summer. It’s great flexibility for those who are after it.

If this sounds a bit of you, UCAS has explored what’s required to become a bar person in their article here.


Agency hospitality & event work

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For those who enjoy major events, this can be your entry into the industry and in a big city, it’s a part time job that university students find themselves in a lot.

Major shows, such as concerts or football matches, need a whole raft of staff, from stewards to bartenders. Most employers will allow you to “accept” a shift or not, meaning you still keep control of your hours.

In a major city, you’ll never be short of work.


Local events & PR

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For those who enjoy involving themselves in the music scene nearby, local events and student nights are everywhere.

Whether you help out on the door, or you take a commission for ticket selling, local events and PR work help you get paid to enjoy great local shows.


Office admin

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Administrative work is available across a wide range of businesses.

If you’ve got previous office experience, then you could help chip away at the backlog of work then some of a regular office team can’t get round to.

They may only need a few hours a week to get it done, which works perfectly for your university balance.


Temporary agency work

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Agencies can offer you a range of different shifts depending on your industry.

You could have some past construction experience, a background in financial work, or anything between.

Agency shifts can be part-time and temporary. This means you have more flexibility in what you accept, whilst agencies understand the time restraints that students are under.


University-specific roles

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Ever had a pint in your local SU, or grabbed a bite to eat at the university shop?

They each have jobs that require students, so be sure to check out your university’s job board for student-specific roles, particularly ahead of each term starting.



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Part-time retail work is probably the most common type of work carried out by students.

Shifts may increase around holiday dates, meaning it’s a good way to earn some extra money when you need it.

Retail is all focused on the customer. So whichever business you have worked in retail for before, your experience will be transferrable to a new role.


This list of part-time jobs university students can land is not definitive and there are loads of other avenues into earning.

While it’s all well and good having some extra money, remember that you’re at university.

That’s your primary focus. You don’t want to get to the end of it and dislike your mark because you had some extra money for nights out. Learn your schedule, decide your budget, and bring a sensible mindset to your situation.

If you do, you’ll be able to secure a part-time job at university, and all without your grades suffering.


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