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Having a part-time job at university: students' views

Many students find that a part-time job can help them cope with costs. Read their top tips on bagging part-time work and how to manage it with your workload…

So which part-time jobs are available to students, and how can you go about getting one? And is it possible to balance a job with your degree?

We asked current students about their experiences and for their top tips...
 

Finding the job

Subscribe to your uni job list
The university also issues a list of all available part-time placements and jobs if you subscribe to their newsletter. Second Year Maths Student | University Of Portsmouth


The students’ union has lots of job opportunities
The Students’ Union is a very big employer on campus and recruits students for cafes and other venues that they run. Second Year Social Studies Student | Queen Mary and University Of London

Bars and shops are great student employers, but make sure you apply at the start of term
I was lucky enough to get a part-time job during my second year which made life a lot easier in terms of finances. There are quite a lot of shops in the centre of town so plenty of retail opportunities and LOADS of bars and clubs which tend to employ a fair few students so if you want a job like that, it's best to get in there right at the beginning of term. Second Year Geography Student | University Of Lincoln

Getting the job

Your uni can help
My university has a great jobshop that provides really useful CV and cover letter writing tips. First Year International Relations Student | Aston University


Try applying speculatively
I began making calls and sending out CVs and application forms before I came to uni. First Year Biology Student | Lancaster University


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    The benefits

    You can treat yourself 
    I would highly encourage any students to get a little job whilst at university. The escape from Halls can sometimes be very welcoming and the bit of extra money in your pocket means you can afford that all important takeaway coffee or those highly needed heels from Topshop! First Year Teacher Training Student | University Of Chichester


    You can save up 
    Generally I work two nights a week, and it's really nice having a bit of extra money to spend on things like clothes and holidays, which I wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. First Year Graphic Design Student | Loughborough University

     

    Managing work with uni

    Get flexible work

    If you don't have time to commit to a job you can pick up the odd casual shift doing things like distributing leaflets. Make sure you sign up to participate in psychology experiments. There's an online sign-up. It's a great way to earn some extra cash and contribute to research. Third Year Anthropology Student | University College London


    Work for the uni - they understand that your degree comes first
    I got a job in the students' union shop. It was perfect for me because it was very flexible around my work commitments. Third Year Politics Student | University Of Sheffield


    Work seasonally  
    Seasonal staff are always being advertised for near Christmas time, so even if you can't commit to a part-time job this is a great way to earn some extra money. Fourth Year Business Studies Student | Teesside University

     

    More advice to help make ends meet

    We've got plenty more student finance advice, including sources of extra funding and ways to make your student loan stretch even further.
     

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