How to Earn Money as a Student
Once you have arrived at university, settled into the campus life, and had the first student finance payment, you then realise that you have autonomy over every monetary decision you will make. This can be intimidating for some or for others it is great, but inevitably at some point you will find yourself needing that bit of extra cash. Here, I will then list some great ways to give you a second income:
- Scholarships and Bursaries
I believe these are a hidden gem as there are simply hundreds of scholarships you can find with a quick Google search. These can be open to any subject, or be specifically for your degree, gender, home address or university. Many are offered by the university that you attend, as well as some being offered by companies, institutions and foundations. A great website to search for these is The Scholarship Hub and GrantFairy.
On the other hand, bursaries are for people in financial need. If your household income is below a certain value, you will be provided with the Warwick Bursary and this criterion is similar for many others offering bursaries.
- Part-time Jobs
There are a range of jobs available for students to earn that extra bit of cash throughout term. Great websites such as Indeed list lots of jobs on their website however the university specific job search portal is called Unitemps. Roles available being a Student Ambassador on open days, Student Blogger for your department or working in the campus outlets. Additionally, by visiting the student opportunities hub they will be able to offer you information about current available roles.
- Student Brand Ambassador
Many companies looking to promote their products specifically to students will hire student brand ambassadors. This work includes sometimes promoting the product at actual events on campus however I only started working in these roles during the pandemic so are fully online. As a brand ambassador, I have worked for Virgin Media selling wifi for student houses, a platform called StudyDrive and also selling Lenovo products to students. Simply put, these are an amazing way to earn money from the comfort of your home and there is the potential to earn a lot more than a standard part-time job.
If you are reading this blog post, it is likely you are attending university or considering the option, this means you are a perfect candidate for tutoring younger students in your spare time. This could either be friends or family who may have children that need extra support, or through online platforms such as MyTutor. This is another easy job that can be done from the comfort of your home, with experienced tutors being paid up to £30 an hour!
This is a bit different from many of the categories above however there are a plethora of student competitions and discounts out there with amazing prizes. Although winning is not guaranteed, they are mostly free and very easy to put an entry in.