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Part-Time Jobs For Seriously Busy Students

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By Oliver Hurcum

If the first semester of university has taught you anything, it’s that you don’t get to have a lot of spare time. After all, on top of the crazy number of assignments and exams to prepare for, you also need to make sure you attend a couple of societies and have at least a bit of a social life.

With so many commitments, it can be hard to make some money on the side. This can be a serious problem given that the average cost of living for students is very high. In the UK, for example, cost of living is a massive £12,056 per year outside of London, and the maximum maintenance loan is only £8,430 per year.

So, if your account is running a little dry, it may well be worth considering one of these five part-time jobs which are excellent for seriously busy students:


As an undergraduate or postgraduate at a leading university, you can expect to make decent money teaching younger students a subject you already know very well in a one-on-one setting.

While demand is typically greatest for English, mathematics, and the sciences, there are plenty of students seeking help in more niche areas of study such as philosophy, psychology, and law.

If you work with an online tuition agency, such as Spires, you can even teach from the comfort of your own room and don’t need to spend time, energy, and money travelling between locations.

Tutoring is a flexible job at the best of times – there is no obligation to take on more students than you can handle – and online tutoring takes this flexibility to a whole new level. While previous teaching experience and qualifications can be helpful, they are by no means essential. 

Freelance writing

Always fancied yourself as a bit of a wordsmith, or interested in gaining some writing experience before leaving university? There are a host of freelance writing opportunities out there for those with excellent written communication skills. As well as the more usual copy-editing, guest-blogging, and technical writing jobs, there are also some surprising writing jobs you might not have ever considered, such as writing horoscopes or fortunes.

Much like tutoring online, freelance writing can be done wherever; at home, in a café, or at your local library. As a freelancer, you can usually write as much or as little as you like, meaning you can put your writing on hold when important university deadlines approach. Not all writing jobs will be paid though, so make sure you know what you’re getting in return for your work.


All parents need an evening off now and then and, when they do, they need someone to watch the kids. Babysitting in the evening has a number of advantages.

First, it is usually very little work – the children are normally asleep for the majority of your shift, and you will often be able to use the time to carry on with your studying.

Second, provided you do a good job, you will more than likely be asked back – for obvious reasons, parents like to stick with the same babysitter once they’ve found someone they trust and like, providing you with a reliable source of income.

Finally, gaining some experience looking after kids can be very handy as loads of lucrative student summer jobs involve working with young children, from working as an au pair through to employment on a summer camp.

Massage therapist

This is a slightly more unusual part-time student job, but hear us out. According to PayScale, this is the top job for university students looking for a little extra pocket money.

In order to practice as a massage therapist, you will usually need to complete some kind of course, but the combination of high pay and flexible hours means that this short period of extra study-time certainly pays off.

What’s more, you’re bound to find plenty of overworked and stressed out university students willing to part with a little cash to get rid of the knots in their back.

Clinical trials

While participating in a clinical trial obviously carries some risk, a fact which should not be understated, your country should have rules and regulations to minimise the chance of harm. In the UK, for instance, every study needs to be independently approved by governmental ethics committees and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), ensuring your wellbeing is prioritised.

Before the trial, you are required to take a number of medical tests to make sure you are in good health, and during the trial you will usually need to stay in a hospital facility so that you can be monitored closely.

The pay is often very good – up to £120 per day – and you don’t make any long-term commitments, which is ideal for those with a hectic term-time schedule.   

Oliver Hurcum writes for Inspiring Interns, which specializes in finding candidates their perfect internship. To browse our graduate jobs London listings, visit our website.

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