If you’ve got a hectic timetable jam-packed with lectures, seminars and labs, you might not be able to commit to a proper part-time job. However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t earn some extra cash.  

The good news is that there are lots of ways to earn extra spending money without getting a conventional job. If you’re wondering how to make money as a student in the UK, here are 11 simple solutions… 

1. Online surveys   

Completing a few online surveys in your free time is a stress-free way to start earning a little extra money online. Many survey sites will reward you financially for giving your opinion, participating in focus groups, and completing polls.  

You don’t need any special skills, and it requires virtually no effort. The downside is that you’re never going to earn loads and loads of money, but if you’re dedicated, you can earn an extra £100-200 a year! 

Here’s an overview of some of the sites with the best payouts: 

  • i-Say – Complete surveys and earn points that can be exchanged for vouchers. Earn between 5p and £1.80 per survey.  
  • Swagbucks –  Answer daily polls and get paid in Swagbucks (which can be exchanged for vouchers). Earn at least 50p per survey. 
  • PopulusLive – specialises in business, culture, and politics research. This site pays you approximately £1 for every 5 minutes you spend completing surveys.  

2. Mystery shopping  

This involves reviewing a business’ customer service. As a ‘mystery shopper’, you might be physically making a purchase in a shop or buying something online. You’ll be given different assignments to complete and typically paid according to how long each task should take. On average, expect to be paid about £20 per job. 

Some of the most popular UK mystery shopping sites are Market Force, Tern and BeMyEye. 

3. Freelancing 

Freelancing is a great way to use your skills and earn extra money while you’re at it! Because you’re your own boss, you can set your own working hours – you can work as little or as often as you want each week. If you’ve got a big assignment coming up, you can focus all your time on getting the best grade rather than working.  

Pretty much any skill can earn an income – whether you’re an expert graphic designer or a skilled programmer. Some of the most popular freelancing platforms are Fiverr, Upwork and PeoplePerHour. Using a dedicated site makes it easier for people who need your services to find you, but if things go well, you can always branch out on your own! 

4. Tutoring 

If you want to set your own hours and availability, tutoring is another option that might appeal to you. You can work online and typically won’t need a teaching qualification to get started.  

This is a great side hustle if you’re studying for a degree in a core subject, like maths or English. You’ll need to spend some time familiarising yourself with the GCSE or A-level syllabus, but once you’ve done that, you can earn around £20 per hour from the comfort of your own home! 

Sites like Tutorful and MyTutor will take a set percentage of your earnings, but it’s worth it for the steady influx of parents looking for a tutor and the ease of getting paid. You’ll typically get paid around a week after each tutoring session.  

5. Babysitting  

If you’re just looking for occasional work, babysitting might be the perfect fit. Opportunities are advertised online or through family connections (making this a great job to fit in when visiting your parents for the holidays.)  

Most jobs won’t pay loads – around £10 an hour – but if you’re looking after young kids, they’ll likely go to bed early, and you can get some studying in (or just relax with some Netflix).  

6. Dog walking 

If you’re more keen on animals than kids, dog walking is definitely something you should consider. The hours tend to be relatively short, and it’s easy to pick up dog walks that fit around your uni schedule. You can look for dog walking jobs through job boards or dedicated websites, like Rover, to connect with owners looking for help walking their pets. You can earn up to £15 an hour – plus, you get to hang out with cute dogs! 

7. Work as an extra 

Being an extra in films and TV programmes can be a fun way for students to earn extra cash. You don’t even need to know how to act!  

Sign up with a casting agency, and they’ll be able to connect you with work. A lot of your day will probably be spent hanging around film sets waiting to be called, so while acting experience isn’t necessary – a bit of patience is!  

8. Work as a delivery driver/rider     

If you have your own car (or even just a bicycle), working as a delivery driver for Deliveroo, Uber Eats, or Amazon can be an easy way to earn some extra income. You can decide on the hours you work and how much, so it’s easy to fit alongside your studies.

9. Become a brand ambassador 

Many companies actively recruit uni students to become brand ambassadors to promote their services, products or brands. You might be sharing or creating social media content or giving out free samples on campus. Whatever your job role involves, it’ll look great on your CV, and you can earn up to £15 an hour! 

10. Student calling  

Many universities hire students to call alumni to encourage them to donate money or raise awareness of university initiatives. Check your university’s website to see if they have any student-calling jobs available. You’ll often be allowed to choose your own hours, and because you work for the university, the hourly pay is typically higher than that of a standard part-time job.  

11. Sell your old stuff 

Okay, this isn’t really a job, but it is a great way to earn extra money when you need it. Whether it’s last year’s textbooks, old clothes or unwanted Christmas presents, selling items you don’t want anymore is one of the simplest ways to declutter your student room and earn some extra cash at the same time.  

Here’s a rundown of some of the best sites you can use: 

  • We Buy Books – sell your old books, CDs, and games (they’ll even give you a pre-paid postage label so you can post your stuff for free). 
  • Facebook Marketplace – sell pretty much anything, great for selling furniture and other large items.  
  • Vinted – sell unwanted clothes, shoes, and accessories with zero selling fees.  

Make budgeting easier with a bill-splitting service 

Staying in control of your finances as a student is easier said than done, especially when you don’t know how much your household bills will be each month. The good news is that there’s a solution – why not try a bill-splitting service to simplify your shared household bills? 

At Split The Bills, we offer a straightforward bill-splitting service designed for students living in shared accommodation. You and your housemates can choose what bills you want included in your package, including electricity, gas, water, broadband and even a TV Licence if you need one. We’ll do the hard work of setting up accounts, and all you have to do is pay one neat monthly bill.  

Best of all, we offer uncapped energy packages, so you don’t need to worry about your bills being higher than expected – you can just use what you need!  

If you want to take control of your finances this year, learn more about what we do or get in touch with our team! 


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