5 Best Part-Time Jobs for Students


Bar/Pub Work

Bar work involves completing a variety of jobs from cleaning tables and countertops and serving drinks, to taking payments and delivering meals to customers. It is often a relentless job, especially if you end up working the Friday night shift at your local Wetherspoons on campus. As long as you’re over 18, there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from getting a part-time job at a bar or pub. There are no qualifications required to do this kind of work but some experience in a customer service-related job in the past will probably stand you in good stead. Be warned though, most bar jobs will require a fair amount of flexibility and a need to work late into the night. Still, if you’re struggling for money (as many students often do at some point), bars and pubs often have a lot of overtime available. Just don’t let the paper chase affect your studies!

Brand Representative

Big companies like Domino’s will often recruit students for campus events and product giveaways. These jobs are often very competitive and difficult to get but they are one of the more enjoyable jobs you can take on during university. And at around £8 an hour it’s certainly not a line of work to be sniffed at.

On-campus Jobs

Most universities will have a section on their website that highlights odd jobs around campus. These can be admin work for departments, support for events like open days or graduation ceremonies, or even events completely exterior to the university. Never has ‘making a good first impression’ had more pertinence than it does when it comes to university-related work. Showing enthusiasm and good workmanship will improve your chances of being asked to help with more events throughout the year – fail to make a good impression and your first event will probably be your last. But the great thing about university-related work is that in many instances it doubles up as volunteer work – a big boost for the CV. As well as being paid, taking time out of your schedule to help your university will be looked at positively by potential employers.


You’re a student, right? Why not try sharing the knowledge? You can try tutoring students on similar courses or teaching people at A-Level or GCSE. Tutorials are flexible too; they are arranged to suit you and your tutee’s timetable and will normally last between 1-3 hours. The pay is great as well – if arranged through an agency, and depending on your level, the pay can exceed £50 an hour.


Working for a publication like, I don’t know, Hello Student for example (wink, wink) is a particularly good gig for the student struggling to balance their university work, social life, and bank account. As well as offering a chance to brush up on your writing skills, the work is a relaxing change of pace from university life and as the work is effectively freelancing, you can reign in or increase your workload depending on how busy you are. And for relatively little time commitment, the rate of pay is pretty good too.

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