7 Easy Ways For Students To Make Money

August 2020 by


As a student, getting money can be tough. Only some people have a huge loan to rely on and even then accommodation is expensive. If you’ve ever wanted to make some money whilst being at university there are plenty of ways to do so. If you want to know more, keep reading!

Online surveys

You may be aware of survey websites that offer you prizes for participating. Many research teams are looking for people to answer their surveys and test new products in order to get feedback. It’s usually a quick and easy way to make a few pounds here and there as many surveys take only a few minutes to complete. Sites like LifePoints, PrizeRebel, Inbox Dollars, The Opinion Panel and Branded Surveys are some popular options, but there’s plenty more!

If you prefer more of a variety, like rewards for playing games and watching videos, you should check out Swagbucks. They even offer surveys here too!


Depending on your area of expertise, you may be able to utilise your skills and participate in some freelance work. It’s a great way to build a portfolio of work for your future career, whilst being paid at the same time! There are plenty of employers that are looking for services including: blog writing, photography, graphic design, social media assistance and more. Websites like Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer are just some of the most popular choices. The money you earn can vary depending on what you charge and how much the person is willing to pay. Either way, it’s easy money that could also benefit your future!

Part-time work

This is probably the most obvious way to make money! If you’re at university in a big city, there will be plenty of part time job opportunities around including bar work, waitressing and retail! Some unis even offer jobs on campus, so don’t forget to ask student services if they know of anything! But be quick, these roles get snapped up quickly! When working part-time, you don’t necessarily have to work many hours and it can be flexible around your uni course depending on your employer. It’s an option for you to consider!

Dog walking/sitting

If you’re a fan of furry friends then this might be the perfect job for you! A lot of students in residential areas have opted to try dog walking (or dog-sitting!). You might even enjoy it too! You can earn around £8/9 per hour or per dog depending on how you choose to price your services, but either way it’s a good start. Who doesn’t want to get paid to spend time with the cutest of animals?

Sell some things

If you’ve got any unwanted stuff it’s always a good idea to get rid of it by selling it! Apps like Depop are perfect for second-hand clothes especially if you’ve got any designer pieces in your wardrobe. Depop has become extremely popular in recent years so there are lots of people looking for new pieces to add to their wardrobe. However, it doesn’t have to be just clothing. You can always sell books, DVD’s and CD’s online. There’s always a chance someone might want them. You could use popular services like eBay and Gumtree or even try Facebook Marketplace to attract people in your local area. Either way, your old items don’t have to go to waste and you can gain cash from it too!


Similar to dog sitting except its babies and children. If you’re not keen on children – this one probably isn’t for you! However, if you’re good with children and have always loved being around them then this could be a great way to make some easy money! You could even enjoy it too, (as long as you don’t get a misbehaved child of course!). The only thing is, this option takes a little more time as you’ll need a DBS check to qualify you to look after young children. It is very important!

Sell your notes/old textbooks

This is particularly popular in university because we are sure you’re aware of how expensive textbooks can be. Most of the time you only use them for a year and then they’re no longer needed (so we suggest you buy second hand too!). Many students will be looking for opportunities to buy cheaper textbooks, so when you’re done with them, sell them! As for notes, students at university obviously want to succeed and if your notes can get them one step further, they’ll want them! You could sell them through social media or use websites like Nexus Notes that let you list them for free. However, websites like this often take a fee from your overall selling price, so bear that in mind before you decide which route you want to take.

These are just some of the ways to make some easy money at university. These days you can get paid to do almost anything so it’s worth having a look to see what job opportunities are on offer. Student life can be tough but with a little effort, you’ll be making money in no time. If you’ve found any other ways to make money as a student, let us know in the comments! Good luck!



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