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.
1. Under your nose at uni
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.
If even the word ‘exams’ sends your pulse racing and makes you feel nauseous, relax because practical help is at hand to deal with it. With an increasing number of students turning to charities like Student Minds for help with mental health issues linked to studying, here are 12 effective ways that you can manage stress before, during and after the exam season.