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Balancing work and study

As long as it doesn’t take up too much study time, finding a part-time job is a great way to gain more money, less debt, and new skills for your CV.
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How to get the balance right

Just don’t take on too many hours of employment – it’s not worth feeling too tired or under pressure while you’re studying.

Most unis and colleges recommend less than 15 hours a week, so make sure it’s flexible and can be scheduled around your lecture timetable. 


How to find a job

For starters make sure it’s a safe job, and if it’s a large company, check whether you can work in your home town during the holidays too.

  • Your uni or college might have info on good jobs you can get while you study – possibly on-campus jobs in the library, at open days, or with the Students’ Union.
  • Check Universal Jobmatch, employment agencies and job adverts online and in newspapers, or student jobsites like e4s or Student Job.
  • Retail is a popular choice because it can offer flexible hours – or try something like admin, restaurants, bars, telesales or market research.

Check the tax details

Each tax year (6 April to 5 April the year after), you can earn an amount of money you don’t pay any tax on. This is called your ‘personal allowance’ and by working part-time you might stay under the limit – so no tax! 

Any funding you receive shouldn’t be taxed either – nor should it be counted towards your personal allowance.