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How to earn some extra cash to pay for university

A university education is more expensive than ever, with many institutions now charging students over £9,000 per year for tuition alone, with books, rent, and living expenses all on top. A student loan may cover you for much of that fee, but for those that want to leave university without debts of over £30,000 then it is worth looking at how to earn a little money while at school.

Part-time jobs

Most university degrees give you a significant amount of free time, and while you will need to use some of this time for studying, partying, and resting – you will likely find you still have time for a part-time job.

Jobs in cafes, bars, and pubs are traditional student jobs, and you might be able to find one that offers the flexibility that you need. Yes, the pay is generally pretty terrible, but it is money in your pocket, and even better – a night at work is a night where you can;t spend money!

Beyond these regular jobs, many catering companies employ college students for one-off events, that can be fun and generally pay a bit better than working in the local Starbucks. It is worth finding out about these companies, and the agencies they use for recruitment in your first year at university so you can get on their books and have first refusal of the work form the start. Sometimes these are private corporate events, but often they mean catering at sporting events or similar, so you might even get to watch some of the game in the downtime!

Take part in paid studies

A number of sitcom storylines have come out of young people taking part in medical studies, but not all studies include such inherent risks. Universities are also the place where a variety of scientific studies are taking place on everything from sleep to new food flavours – so keep an eye out for lucrative and most importantly safe opportunities.


Scholarships are not earning money per se, but they can knock thousands of pounds off your fees and are certainly worth exploring. If you are from a disadvantaged background, have a disability, or need help in any other way then your university may be able to direct you to a scholarship fund that can help you out. And even if none of them are relevant to you then there may be other scholarships available. Always read the terms of any agreement before signing, but a scholarship programme could not only help reduce the amount you pay for school each year, but also open doors for you at the end of your course.

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