Best part-time jobs for students

Tuition fees, food, rent, utilities, books, clothes… your student loan will only take you so far. If time allows, you may be thinking about finding casual work, or a fixed-term contract somewhere to earn a few bob. But what are the best part-time jobs for students? 

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If you don’t mind working evenings and weekends… 

Cinema Host

Being mad about movies, fanatical about film, or potty over popcorn are just some of the reasons why working in a cinema will appeal to you. As jobs go, it’s pretty straightforward – work on the concession stand, check tickets and mop up popcorn and split Pepsi after the movie is finished. The hours are generally pretty good too. After all, most cinemas are open between 12-15 hours a day which should offer at least some flexibility to your schedule. 

Bar staff 

Other than dealing with inebriated imbeciles on occasion and reeking of lager, working behind the bar is a fun part-time job to have while you’re a student. It’s a great way to meet people since bars tend to attract outgoing, social-types who are eager to make new friends. Plus, at the end of it, you’ll learn how to fix the perfect martini, and pour the perfect pint (it’s an art, don’t you know) – each a solid life skill. 

Waiting staff

Like going home with a belly full of food and a pocket full of cash tips? Then waiting tables is for you. Okay, the work can be tiring and requires a keen eye for detail and a winning smile, but the remunerations are many. Although every restaurant or cafe is different, most will distribute its tips among the staff. Some will even provide you with a free meal before or after your shift. 

If you want to work at home…

University application mentor

Sounds fancy, actually isn’t. A University application mentor is simply a student or graduate who helps prospects through the higher education application process. 

As you may remember, applying for university can be a headache. That’s where a mentor can help. Whether it’s help with crafting the perfect personal statement or entrance essay, or just getting your head around UCAS and the different steps involved with applying, a mentor works one-to-one with applicants, supporting them however they need during the entire process. Hours are flexible and the work can be done at home, making this a great choice if you have to squeeze work around your other commitments. 

If you’re looking for summer work

Teach English abroad

Teaching English as a foreign language is synonymous with the student experience. If it hasn’t already crossed your mind, it soon will – after all, what’s better than earning a crust while travelling to different countries? The downside is that you’ll have to pay and study to become TEFL-accredited first (check out their website for details) but once that’s done, you’re free to apply for a range of vacancies around the world for this summer’s adventure. 

Recap: what are the best part-time jobs for students?

  • Work in a cinema – a range of shifts, free popcorn and a chance to keep up with the latest releases. 
  • Work in a bar – a great way to meet new people and master your new mixology skills. 
  • Become a waiter – free restaurant-quality food and cash tips? What more can you ask for. 
  • University application mentor – fit your job around your studies with this great at-home role. 
  • Teach English as a foreign language – earn money while you travel by becoming a TEFL-accredited tutor. 

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