Student life

Do I get a job at university?

Being a student can mean that, for a while, you may be on a tight budget. A big question you might be facing is whether or not to take up a part-time job during your time at university. Will it affect your academic life? Your social life?

The following points should help you decide whether a job at university will suit you.

Do you have time for it?

The most important question to ask yourself is, do you have enough time to get a part-time job alongside your studies? Courses vary hugely, as do universities, and if you have a lot of contact hours or lots of coursework, then a part-time job may not be for you.

Meeting people at work

Some jobs, such as working for the student’s union, can be really sociable and a great way to reach out and meet new people. For example, if you’re having difficulty meeting people in your first year, taking up a job can introduce you to a range of different people.

Choosing the right job

Most students move away from home to attend university. With this in mind, a lot of students like to travel home for the holidays, leaving their university town for a prolonged period of time. This is an important factor to consider when looking for a job, as you will need to let your potential employer know that you will be away during the holidays. University jobs, such as working in the student shop or student bar can be ideal since they will only need you during the term time. However, big retail companies may be less willing to employ you if they know you are a student, so it’s important to do some research beforehand and always be honest with your employer.


The biggest benefit to having a job at university is the extra money you will be receiving. If you’ve joined an expensive society, love to socialise lots, or just need the extra cash, then a job can help you out massively.

Working at home

The last factor to take into account is whether or not you have a job at home. For those who know they have work lined up for them at home over Christmas, Easter and summer, then getting a job at university may be less important. If you feel that you don’t have enough time to get a part-time job at university, then perhaps think about applying for a part-time job at home during the holidays.

For some people, a job at university is part of the uni experience, whereas others may not have the time. However, the most important thing is to do what is right for you and your university life.

This post was contributed by Olivia Hinkley, a marketing student at Bournemouth University.

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