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Easy Ways to Make Money as a Student

Everyone is talking about the cost of living crisis, but if you’re a student, you probably already know the struggle, especially when the student finance runs out. With everything being even more expensive, now is a great time for you to earn some more money to get you through the semester.

As a student, you’re probably wondering what the easiest ways to make money are to see you through your university years. Below, we have compiled a list of easy ways to make money to help you out!

A classic way to earn money whilst at university is to have a part  time job in the city that you’re studying in! Working as a waitress/waiter, bartender, barista or a sales assistant is a great way for you to earn extra cash while you are at university. Read our How to Get a Job or inspiration for part time jobs or check out our Job Finder to find yourself a job in your uni city!


Sell Your Unwanted Clothes, Mobiles & More

Find your unwanted items a new home and earn some extra cash whilst you do so! Sell your old clothes, old books, CDs, DVDs and more, and reap the benefits! See below a list of websites/apps that you can use!

There are so many amazing stories of students who have earned money through selling their clothes on sites such as Vinted and Depop. Here is an example of two students who put their vintage shopping skills to the test and started making extra money through these platforms. One is now making an £1000 profit through buying and selling vintage clothes. Read Nicole’s and Taylor’s story here.

Websites for selling your unwanted items 


Earn Money As An Online Tutor

Online tutoring is another way that you can earn a bit of money and it can fit perfectly around your busy university schedule. It is also a great way for you to gain experience and more knowledge in a field related to your degree. There are loads of different tutoring programs that you can get involved in! 

Programs like The Tutor Trust are a great way for you to earn extra skills to go towards your CV. You do not need any previous teaching knowledge as they will train you on the job, which will look great for future employers. Find below a list of tutoring programs that you can get involved in. Check out websites like The Tutor Trust , MyTutor , Tutorful to find out how you can become a tutor and start earning some money.


Ways to Make Money for Creative Students

If you want a more fun and creative job, there are loads of opportunities for you to get involved with which can help you earn some extra cash. Below is a list of alternative things you can do to help you earn a bit of extra money whilst doing something you enjoy! These are all relatively flexible jobs that can fit in around your university schedule.

Social Media

You can earn a fair amount of money through social media, especially if you reach influencer status. Platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok are a great way to make money. Again, through sponsored posts, brand deals and affiliate marketing, you can earn some money on both of these platforms. 

We read in The Mirror about one Tik Tok star that now earns  £3000 a month and has 10 Million followers. 

Blogging

If you want to go a bit further, you can also try creating a blog. A blog is a great way to help boost your social media as well, as you can link this to all your socials. 

If you have a love for writing, you could always set up your own blog. You can tailor your blog to any of your interests, whether that is beauty, fashion, cooking or even reading, write about something that interests you. You can earn money blogging through affiliate marketing, sponsored posts and more.

Online Surveys

If you’ve some spare time on your hands, doing paid online surveys is a good way to earn a bit of extra money, without even needing to use any brain power. Put on your fav podcast, and complete a few surveys to help pay for your drinks on the weekend. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s totally legit. Not a bad deal eh?

Taking online surveys are used by market research companies to understand public opinion on products or topics, for example politics. All you need to do is register with a few market research sites, take some surveys and get paid for your time.

Freelancing

You can also try freelancing in the field that you are interested in! Whether that is in a field related to writing, videography, photography, graphic design and more. This allows you to further your expertise in something that you’re passionate about and can help you to gain valuable experience and build your portfolio.

Websites such as Fiverr  and Upwork are great for you to look into getting into being a freelancer.

Youtube

Creating a Youtube channel is a fun and creative way of making money for students. Similar to blogging, you can make extra money through sponsored videos and working with brands. You also make your money through advertising revenue and by being a part of the Youtube partner programme.

Reviewing

You can test apps and products, write a review and get paid for it! It is incredibly easy to make money through doing this! For most websites, you just need to fill out a form and then you’ve signed up to start reviewing- it really is as simple as that!

Below is a list of websites that you can look at: 

Mystery Shopping

Similar to writing a review, you can become a mystery shopper. You can basically be paid for shopping! You just have to review the quality of the customer service, whether this is in a bar, restaurant or a shop. Below, find some websites where you can become  a mystery shopper: 

  • Mystery Shoppers: Mystery Shopper has a mission to improve customer service and employee experiences. Provide feedback on your shopping experiences. Working with both small and big businesses, your feedback can help each business grow. This is a great opportunity for you to earn some money, especially if you love to shop! 
  • Tern– Tern, with over 20,000 mystery shoppers, they are always looking for more people, so there is always opportunity to join. From social media monitoring, to mystery shopping and more, Tern has a range of services that you can get involved in. 
  • MCE Secret Shopping – At MCE Secret Shopping, be rewarded for sharing your opinion! It is a great way to earn some extra money and there are no entry requirements for this. Just contact them through their website. 

Become an Extra

If you have a passion for acting, you can work as an extra! Take a look at Uni-versal Extras. It is accessible to everyone, meaning that you don’t need to have any previous acting experience if you want to become an extra. Uni-versal extras offer flexible shifts, which is perfect for students. 


More Advice on How to Make Money as a Student

There are so many options if you’re a student and are wanting to earn some extra money. Check out our Make Money Hub to give you some more ideas, our Jobs Finder to find the perfect job for you. And if you’re completely lost, read up on How To Get a Job for students!