How to make money as a student – easy extra cash

ways to make money at uni

By Nicole Correia,

If it isn’t the words “student deals” it’s “discounts” and if we aren’t talking about young people trying to save money, then we’re talking about them borrowing it. The whole budgeting “because we are students” is draining on our minds as well as “student” bank accounts. For many university students, however, budgeting and making money isn’t a new concept. With part-time jobs being something that many young people search for in their hometowns, to earn their own pocket money, the idea of savings isn’t particularly new. Even for young adults who haven’t had part-time jobs, it is probable that they have caught wind of the financial decline and have thought about their future aspirations when it comes to getting a job and earning money. For many, gaining a degree is a step in a positive direction. And rightly so.

There are ways in which you can make some extra money as a student without being a scrimping student and theunipod have looked into them and even had students test them out for practicality.

Get a job

Evidently, getting a part-time job is the most obvious way make and start saving money at university. University living expenses will soon be drawn to your attention and unfortunately the best way to deal with the debt and constant need for money is by finding a student job.

Start your search within the student union, as there will be a careers advice centre there who may even help with getting work on campus as well as off. Check notice boards and speak to working students behind the bar about how they found work.

If you’re looking for a job as a student then the town surrounding your university is the second place to look as they often rely on part-time staff to ensure that during term time when there are even more people there, the service is able to keep up with demands. And don’t forget just how much students contribute to the local economy. Get at least 10 CVs printed and hand them out at cafes, restaurants and shops. Be sure to politely ask for the manager, and ask if there are any vacancies for part-time positions. It’s a good idea to write your availability on your CV so that an employer can suitably see if you’re appropriate for the position. Remember not to put more importance on your part-time position than your degree - at the end of the day your degree will earn you the big bucks, not your position as a cashier in Tescos.

Get online to help with student budgeting

There are many websites that enable you to sell unwanted clothes and items. Have a go at signing up to the big boys, Amazon and ebay, and soon enough you’ll have people bidding for the gym equipment you have lying around that you never use, or the DVDs you’re bored stiff of. The websites themselves are pretty self-explanatory and often university campuses have their own postal systems, making it even easier to say bye-bye to your rubbish and hello to extra money. Whilst these sites don’t immediately come to mind when you’re working out your university budget, their services give students a great chance of gaining some extra cash whilst studying without leaving the house. Perfect; a student saving tip that encourages you to stay indoors and study in all the spare time you’ll have!

If during your move from home to university you came to realise that you have an abundance of clothes, a lot that you don’t wear, then sign up to ASOSmarketplace - a website specifically designed to buy and sell second-hand clothes. Generally you set the price people should buy them for but you can opt for a bidding system if it’s preferable - perhaps dependent on how lavishly your spending is whilst at uni or how cheeky you’re willing to be whilst pricing up second hand clothes! Business management student at Nottingham Trent University, Katie, used ebay to sell all her unwanted things after her first year, in preparation for her second year:-“I’m now out of my Fresher year overdraft, ready for second year! Bring it on!”

Get in touch with your university for student money tips

Many universities will actually buy your second-hand books from you. They then sell them on to students in the year below you for the next term. Ask in the book shop within your student union or get in touch with a member of the student union for more information. It is possible that you may also receive an inviting email about this, sent to your university mailbox. Saranya from the University of Reading tells theunipod that “even though you sometimes get a lot of unnecessary emails from your uni that don’t always apply to you directly, it’s important to have a glance through. I’ve sold a couple books and made a bit from them, and been able to help new students! Double whammy!”

It’s true, your university email is essential for these golden nugget bits of information, so keep on the lookout for them! It’s a great initiative, used in most universities, almost like recycling - good karma and a few quid never hurt anyone.

Get on the phone to make money as a student

Many universities have an Annual Fund campaign, where each year money is raised for bursaries and specialised events for different subjects. You can earn money by working for the Annual Funds and calling up potential donors (generally they are graduates from your university.) The job will be time consuming as you will no doubt undergo some telecommunications training but it is a fantastic skill for your CV and also pays very well; the added bonus also being that the job is on campus, meaning that you waste less time travelling.

Getting on the phones after lectures and chatting to graduates about not only the campaigns but also their time at university is a great way to earn money, learn more about your university and other’s experiences, as well as helping your fellow students! Our very own content manager, Nicole, worked as an Annual Fund Ambassador and recommends the experience highly: “I honestly think that the job has helped me to land internship opportunities, as you’ll always need to use the phone professionally in the workplace. The job definitely prepared me for this and gave me confidence where I would have had difficulty and more pressure to gain it in the workplace later on.”