Student life can get pretty expensive, with hidden course costs, socialising and food shopping draining your loan.
If you can’t take on a part-time job alongside your studies, then how about trying these other ways to make some extra spending money in your free time:
Boost your CV and earn some cash by signing up as a Brand Ambassador on your campus – you’ll be paid to promote brands and products to your fellow students. It’s a role perfectly tailored for undergraduates, so will fit perfectly around your studies. On-Campus Promotions is a good way in, it pays £8 per hour and offers full training for the role.
Gather up your old clothes and textbooks, and head to eBay to sell off what you don’t need – and earn cash quickly. Make sure that you get good photos, write clear descriptions, and look out for weekends with zero insertion fees to cut the costs of selling. You could also go hunting for high-end labels in charity shops and sell them for a profit – check that they are clean, with no rips or stains!
You can earn as you shop by claiming cashback on your high street and online purchases. TopCashBack lets you win back when you spend at thousands of retailers, and you can sign up for emails with updates on your favourite shops. You can even register your debit or credit card on their site to activate offers straight away and earn instore. Quidco is also useful, and their ClickSnap feature lets you earn cashback on your supermarket food shopping when you upload your receipts.
Light up the silver screen, and earn a decent amount of money for standing in the background of TV shows. Extras work can be pretty lucrative, and provide a day’s worth of star-spotting! Look for regional agencies; Lemon Casting (lemoncasting.tv), for example, is one of the leading agencies in the Northwest and supplies extras to Peaky Blinders, Fresh Meat, and Emmerdale among others. You should also try national agencies such as The Casting Network and Casting Collective.
Complete surveys online for extra cash – most only pay 10-25p but if you check back on sites every day, this can build up. OnePoll frequently posts new surveys and once you hit £40, it’s easy to cash in. On Toluna, you can be sent freebies to test as well as answer surveys for points, and YouGov also works in points and offers regular surveys.
These are just a few of the ways in which you can generate a bit of extra cash as a student, but there are plenty more out there! Check out Student Money Saver’s guide to making money for more ideas.