7 side hustles to run at university

When it comes to flexible earners, you can’t beat being your own boss. Even better, there are plenty of ways to make extra money, often without even leaving campus.
If you think earning money off your own bat means starting a business empire, you’re overthinking it! There are loads of ways to make cash on the side, or keep work flexible enough to fit around your studies. Here are seven of the best starters (with another 30 here!) – and they’re simple enough for anyone to have a go at.
1. Teach what you know
How much you earn from up-skilling others depends on what you teach, what demand is like, and where you’re based, but private tutors typically make around £25-35/hr. What makes it especially good for students is the sheer number of options you’ve got:
• Teach your native tongue (including slang and regional or cultural differences), or a foreign language you excel at
• Music skills, from music theory and instrument tuition to singing confidence
• Help get the older generation online (or onto social media)
• Tutor sixth-formers who need to get to grips with your subject or want to polish their uni applications
• Teach your favourite hobbies, crafts and anything else!
You can start by advertising on campus, in local shops and on library noticeboards – but video messaging plus social networks can find you remote work all over the world.
2. Make money from freebies
The internet is stuffed with freebies and prizes and, while getting your hands on them can take some patience, when your luck comes in you’re in line for pure profit. Collect sample-size products, launch-day goodies and anything else on offer and tout them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Get a separate email address just for freebie hunting to stop your main mailbox getting spammed out!
3. Be a film extra
Getting on TV isn’t as dependable as a part-time job, but it’s a nice little side hustle – and it’s pretty well paid: rates start at around £75/day, often with meals or travel costs thrown in. It’s also a lot of fun! You could be a peasant one day, and a grumpy commuter the next – plus there’s always the chance to star-spot along the way. Try Uni-versalEXTRAS, who don’t charge students to look for work.
4. Be a brand ambassador
If you’ve got an inkling for a career in marketing – and even if you don’t – being a brand ambassador is a way to get paid AND earn freebies, discounts and exclusives to boot. Roles vary, but typically involve handing out flyers or samples, coming up with marketing ideas, or representing the company on campus. Keep an eye out for vacancies on uni noticeboards, check the Campus Industries website, or get cheeky and holler at brands you’d love to work with.
5. Work for your uni
In the mad dash to find paid employment it can be easy to overlook your own uni as a source of work – but most of them will have student-friendly gigs right on campus.
• Send your CV around admin offices as well as your department or college.
• Chat to tutors outside of lectures – and not just when you need an extension! Getting your face known can be really handy when it comes to finding out about jobs before they’re even advertised.
• If your uni pays students to be campus guides or part of the fresher welcome wagon, ask how you can get involved!
6. Go freelance
You might struggle to go it as a consultant without a few years’ career experience under your belt, but luckily, the internet has made it much easier to get a foot in the door. Have a look at freelance marketplaces like Fivesquid, Upwork and People per Hour for online gigs of all kinds, from typing to web development and everything in between. Prefer working face-to-face? Check out apps like Syft and Catapult for short-order work in the real world.
7. Earn money the lazy way
Passive income is money you can keep earning long after you’ve done the hard graft – so it makes sense to kick it off as soon as you can and leave it rolling over year after year. Top picks are:
• Selling content to online stock libraries – it’s good for photos, video footage, music/sound fx and even coding hacks
• Get your own YouTube channel and opt-in to let brands show adverts alongside your videos (if you get big enough you could get freebies and other incentives from sponsors, too)
• Got a book in you? Write it up, sign up to a self-publishing platform (Amazon have one, or try Smashwords) and you can be on sale in stores around the world in a matter of days
• Start a blog or website – they’re super easy to set up opt-in for advertising revenue.

TL;DR? There’s tons of ways to earn a bit on the side – and if you can’t find a job, you may be able to make one for yourself.
Guest blog written by Ruth Bushi, an editor at Save the Student – the UK’s largest student money advice site.


One has to be one step ahead when it comes to planning for the future Therefore, before considering your path, you have to think about it and assess it carefully.

Moving to a new place is exciting and scary at the same time. It is exciting because you get to start your life independently and it is scary because you are far away from your place of comfort.

This is what most students are experiencing these days especially when you’re about to embark on another chapter in your life such as going off to college.

Searching for a student accommodation is not that easy, especially if it is your first time and you do not have any idea what you are supposed to search for.

There are several considerations that you need to think about before finding and settling on the right place for you.


One consideration would be the location, simply because this will determine the accessibility of the place.

The nearer the transportation is to the accommodation the better. It makes it easier to get around the area, whether it is a bus stop, the tube, or over ground station.

This will reduce the stress and worrying for both the student and the parents. Aside from the mode of transportation, if the place is a walking distance to the university or college, then it is a practical and great place to live in.

Another consideration to think about when choosing the best accommodation for you is the package itself.

There are several places that offer furnished student accommodation in London. Looking for furnished accommodation means that you don’t have to worry about getting yourself a bed, table, chairs, and the rest of the furniture.

These are some of the things that are greatly needed in a room. In addition, most accommodations has a kitchen included. Having a kitchen will help you in saving more money in the long run as you will not be going out every night to buy food.

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Although getting a furnished place is one of the best deals that you can get especially if you are wishing to get a comfortable place. There are still some who wish to get an unfurnished place. There are some who would want to decorate the place themselves.

Some would not want to spend a lot on furnished places and would rather save up by getting the things they need themselves. As you can see, users are given the freedom to choose the accommodation that would best fit their budget and what they need.


Home is whatever you make out of it. As mentioned above, moving away from your home is one of the hardest things that most experience, especially when deciding to study in a big City.

Therefore, selecting the best accommodation is something that you should take seriously.

You need to feel secure in the new environment that they are going to live in. Finding the right accommodation will surely put those worries to rest.{/slider}


There are websites that are dedicated in helping you find the best place to stay. There are website allows you to search for any of the available flats, flat shares, houses, shared houses, and top private halls found in London.

Site visitors are provided a wide variety of selection and options to better search for the places that would match your requirements and your budget. The site is carefully designed to help you in thoroughly searching for the best accommodation conveniently.

You will be able to pinpoint the exact places in London that is near your desired location.


When you finally narrow down the several selections that you have chosen, you can try and book a viewing to better decide which accommodation will suit you and your budget the best. As mentioned, finding the ideal place is very important.

The better way to decide is to visit the place in order to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. In doing so, it will put your worries to rest as you will have an idea on the kind of environment you will be living in the future.

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This will also give you room to gauge the people in the environment which means that this visit will provide you the opportunity to get to know the owner of the place and your future neighbours. This will also help you in deciding whether the place is a good place to live.

In conclusion, with the several considerations that have been presented, choosing the ideal student accommodation will be stress-free. As mentioned, convenience is one of the key points in searching for the perfect place to live in.

This will help keep everybody feel at ease especially with parents.

With a user-friendly website, finding the best place to live will be easy. There are a lot of options that you can choose from and all you have to do is key in the exact location that you are going to go to.

You will be presented with the different prices and the specifications of the selected accommodation.