Who said you have to be a poor student?
While students might have a reputation for being poor, there are quick ways for you to make a few bob with as little effort as possible.
Okay, so they might not net you millions straightaway but at least they will keep you rolling in beer money.
What’s more, there are even ways you can make money from the comfort of your home.
So here are 12 ways to make money at university that you may not know about.
1. Make something
Okay, yes this sounds really obvious but have you considered what your skills are?
If you’re studying something design related for example, now may be the time to put together a portfolio and start offering your services online.
2. Sell your skills
If you’re not quite at the portfolio and running your own business stage, you might want to check out Fiverr.
You can advertise your design services through their site and have them manage all the connections for you.
It’s a decent stepping stone for those in creative industries.
3. Start a blog
This ties in well with point one because your blog can offer some exposure for your services.
But did you know you can make money from blogging anyway?
Get yourself a few readers and advertisers will pay you to be featured on your site – so you’re basically earning money for being a blogger.
4. Buy and sell
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a bargain hunter, take a leaf out of the #GirlBoss book and start hunting for some bargains you can easily resell for a profit.
5. Work for your uni
Most universities send out newsletters and let’s be honest, most of us just delete them without even reading them.
But did you know that a lot of universities are keen to employ students to take on various roles around the campus?
And that they’ll probably tell you about it in *shocker* the newsletter?
This works best if you’re taking an academic course because you’re likely to find lots of students need tutoring in English, science and maths.
You’re likely to be teaching year 11s whose parents are freaking out about their predicted grades.
Check out Facebook groups and notice boards in your local shops for opportunities like this, or better yet, advertise your services.
7. Teach a language
Similar to the above, if you’re pretty good at a foreign language, or even if you aren’t, you can find students from overseas who are looking to brush up on their English. Check out Lingoda to quite literally work from your bed.
8. Take online surveys
Websites like Wow Freebies will pay you for taking surveys all day long if you’re eligible, meaning it’s a nice little earner that requires very little effort.
Just make sure you check reviews for the services you’re using to make sure they pay out and in a timely manner.
Get some of that mythical cash money
9. Review websites
User Testing is the most popular site for this.
Basically, all you need to do is check out the website they send you and talk to your microphone about how you feel about the site.
So if it sucks, you can tell them – just be sure to explain why.
You’re basically being paid to complain about stuff.
10. Take part in drug trials
Okay, so this one is less than ideal but did you know that drug trials come at different stages and it is possible to get on one that’s fairly low risk with a tidy pay out?
We’re not telling you to go ahead and let people drug you for money but, should you be interested, you can usually find out more through your university.
11. Sell freebies
There are a ridiculous number of websites that will list all of the freebies currently available in the UK, which means that you’re quite literally being sent a list of free stuff.
Take that free stuff, chuck it on a selling group/eBay and watch the money roll in.
Check out Magic Freebies and Wow Free Stuff.
12. Become a virtual assistant
Sure, being an assistant isn’t very fun, but when you can do it from the comfort of your own home and (probably) whatever time of day you like, it sounds a lot better, right?
You’ll find quite a few positions like these advertised on LinkedIn, Indeed and so on, so get searching.