Looking for some simple ways to supplement your income as a student? Here are a few ideas…

That last month before your student loan comes in can be a real stretch. Whether you’re scrambling to make the rent or just fancy a bit of pocket money, earning extra cash as a student is easier than you think.

Get a bar job

Bar work can be tough but your wage usually comes in weekly, you’ll probably make some good friends and nothing builds character like spending Friday night dealing with drunks. It pays to get your applications in early, as other students will also be looking for work as the middle of term approaches.

Go freelance

The internet has revolutionised the way we work. Today it’s possible to earn a decent wage from the comfort of your sofa. The only requirements are a laptop, an internet connection and a little confidence. Sites like Fiverr, Upwork and Freelancer enable you to leverage your existing skills and gain new experience. It’s also a great way to build a portfolio to wow interviewers with when you graduate.

Get on your bike

Cycle delivery apps like Deliveroo and Stuart let you work from your phone. There are no set hours and you only clock in when you feel like it. As you’re pedalling to make deliveries you’ll also save a small fortune on a gym membership.


Tutoring has long been a popular choice for students. It can be well paid, with most tutors charging upwards of £25 an hour. But the greatest benefit is to your CV. It’s a job that showcases your skills in planning, organisation and rapport building - which is exactly what employers are looking for.

Dog walking

Missing your dog at home? Walking other people’s can be a lucrative way to spend time with some new canine companions. As you’ve probably guessed, there are several apps that connect owners and walkers - so no need to print off hundreds of leaflets. Cat sitting is an equally appealing option for feline fanciers. Try Task Rabbit or Dog Buddy.

Be an extra

Companies like Universal Extras cast background actors for TV and movie productions. The pay is typically around £50-100 per day. Get your face out there and you could be spending your time off from uni hobnobbing with the stars of stage and screen. Who knows, this could be your big break.

Have a clear out

Is your wardrobe full to bursting? Record collection becoming too much to cart around? Perhaps it’s time for a clear out. Hit up a car boot sale or list your stuff on eBay or Gumtree for a quick cash boost.

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