Going to university is an experience of a lifetime. New friends, late nights and loads of days where you’ve spare time either side of your studies. Thing is though, going to university is expensive. Accommodation, living expenses, books, food, entertainment, travel… it all adds up. Yes, your parents might help you out financially but being saddled with a massive student loan isn’t the best start in working life. But hey, what can you do?
Well, there are actually some very easy ways in which you can take pressure off your finances and keep a student loan manageable. Here are five different ideas, outside of the usual temp work, that can help make you money without breaking your back.
Eh? Aren’t you at university to study? Well, yes, but there’s also a wide range of jobs that you can take on that pay and are right there on campus. There’s no need to travel and you can earn at uni between lectures. So, what jobs are likely to be available at your uni? Aside from the obvious admin, cleaning, catering and library type jobs, there are some more interesting things you can do and get paid for.
How about becoming a Student Ambassador? Sounds important and it is, but it’s nothing to do with consuming pyramids of Ferrero Rocher. It’s where you pop into schools and tell people what life is like at your university with the hope that students will choose to study at yours in the future. As an ambassador, you’re also there to offer parents honest information and advice on anything to do with the university. And yes, it pays.
An alternative that pays handsomely, but indirectly, is the job of Resident Assistant. A what? Well, most student halls have a Resident Assistant who lives in the halls who is the resident students’ first port of call if there’s a problem. It could be anything from a faulty light to a blocked sink – all you have to do is report it to the student housing company. You might also be asked to host the odd team building event like a night out, but essentially, that’s it. You don’t get paid but, get this, you do get to live in the halls free. Think how much that will save you on rent. Interested, just get in touch with your student housing company.
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Balancing working and socialising at uni isn’t easy. It can be a bit of a Catch 22 situation. You need money to go on a night out, but if you haven’t the money you need to work for it. There is one way of playing the system though and that’s by getting a job in events and hospitality.
If you’re pretty outgoing, enthusiastic and good with people, you can earn decent money working at festivals, gigs and events. Not only do you earn, you get to enjoy the atmosphere, acts and meet new people. Yes, it can be hard work, but the hours are usually outside your hours of study.
Bar work, waitressing and waiting, catering and cleaning jobs are also always available and are perfect for students who can work flexible hours. The pay can be okay, but tips top it up to be more worthwhile. Ask around student bars and clubs.
Hold on, aren’t students supposed to be the ones who study? Dead right, but there are many parents who are willing to pay good money for a private tutor to give their children one-to-one lessons at home. It’s not just children either, teenagers and adults of all ages also want to learn a wide variety of different subjects. What’s more, you can tutor people online, too.
Tutoring is the perfect way to turn the knowledge you’re gaining during your degree to your advantage, financially. Ask if there are any opportunities to tutor at your uni or locally. In terms of money, by the hour, it can earn you more than most other jobs for students.
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Are you the caring type? If you are, there are lots of wonderful opportunities in the care profession. There are two types of jobs you might be interested in that need compassionate and committed people – Social Care and Childminding.
Social care involves looking after elderly and vulnerable people and can be very rewarding both emotionally and financially. Jobs you might be offered are agency carer or support worker and both should offer training. Yes, it’s challenging, but the job satisfaction and pay make it very worthwhile.
If you love kids, then childminding is another option that pays well. Because working parents need help bridging the gap between when the school and working day ends, students with flexible timetables are the perfect fit. So, what might childminding involve? Picking kids up from school, entertaining them until the parents get home or even babysitting in the evening, which enables you to get paid to catch up on your studies whilst the kids are asleep. If you then fancy au pairing abroad in a gap year, it’s great experience for your CV, too.
For a job in social care jobs, contact your local authority or a recruitment agency. For childcare jobs, keep an eye out locally on job boards at uni or local shops or sign up with an agency.
Not the shy retiring type? Then why not consider a part time job in sales, marketing or PR? There are more opportunities than you might think.
Let’s start with sales. If you want something different from being a sales assistant in a high-street store, you could consider telemarketing. The pay isn’t bad and you can earn commission, too. You usually work over the phone in shifts but these can be flexible too to fit around your studies. Contact any of the big online recruitment agencies to get the ball rolling.
Next, marketing. These jobs are generally harder to come by but they often pay the best. Part-time marketing jobs loosely covers anything from distributing leaflets and design work to being an assistant in a marketing agency. Experience will help you land a job but depending on the role, it’s not essential. Google local marketing and design agencies.
Finally, public relations. Ever heard of a Student Brand Manager? Well, these are relatively new jobs that have become increasingly popular thanks to the explosion in social media. How it works is that brands who want to sell their products to the student market hire students to promote them online. If you’re active on social media and have a good network of friends and fellow students, you can earn commission from these brands. Clubs and event organisers also use this form of PR to get people in the door. Email various brands or clubs and ask them if they’d like a student brand ambassador.
One thing you may not have considered is freelancing. There’s no reason why not though. As long as you’ve the skills people want and you’ve some self-discipline, you can make very good money freelancing. So, what kinds of things can you freelance as? If you’ve design or photography skills, can write, translate, code or are a dab hand at admin, then you can make a go of it.
The fact that freelancing is so flexible is why it appeals to students. You can take on projects and work on them in your free time, but you do have to ensure that you deliver on time as failure to do so could mean you losing clients and will damage your reputation.
There are loads of freelancing sites out there which you can sign up with. Yes, they’ll work hard to get you a steady supply of jobs, but they don’t do it for free. Their charges vary but most take a percentage of what you earn. The advantage of using a reputable freelancing site is that you shouldn’t have any problems getting paid. You can of course go it alone and try to find your own clients and work, but with little experience or connections, you might struggle to get going.
Whichever way you freelance, you’ll be responsible for paying your tax and national insurance contributions. Put aside around 25% of whatever you earn in a separate savings account and that should cover what you’ll need to pay.
Balancing uni life and a job might seem quite stressful, but don’t let bills be another hassle on your plate. Bill management companies like Split The Bills can look after them for you. We specialise in making life simpler and easier for students in shared accommodation by managing their utility bills for them, including gas, electric, water and broadband. To get a price and avoid the headache, head to https://www.splitthebills.co.uk/
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