Part time jobs for international students in the UK

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Studying in the UK provides an enriching cultural experience and high-quality education. However, as an international student, finding a part-time job can not only give you more disposable income for travel and activities with friends, but it also provides valuable work experience before you graduate. Part-time jobs allow you to explore various roles, polish your English skills if it is not your first language, and build a network, enriching your overall experience in the UK.

Part-time job rules for international students in the UK

Before jumping into the job market, it's essential for international students to be aware of their working rights, whether the job is paid or voluntary. Students holding a Student Visa can generally work part-time during their studies.

  • During term time, you are allowed to work a maximum of 10 hours per week for any course below degree level, such as a pathway programme at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre, and 20 hours per week for degree-level courses.
  • During official holidays, you can work full-time, up to 40 hours per week.
  • Work placements or internships are permitted as part of your course.
  • Some restrictions apply, like not being able to engage in self-employment, or work as a professional sportsperson, doctor, or dentist in training.
  • You must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for your age category.

Always check your visa work rights before starting any paid or unpaid work. It's also essential to inform your university or education provider if you start or stop working for visa compliance.

Please note that students studying on a short-term visa are not eligible to work. More detailed information can be found here and here.

Types of part-time jobs in the UK

On-campus jobs

Whilst studying at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre, students can access career services throughout their time with us. On-campus jobs are a fantastic choice because of their convenience and flexible scheduling, understanding your academic commitments.

Job opportunities range from conferencing and catering, IT services, volunteering, library services, student administration, to various student union jobs. These jobs are conveniently located within the university premises, saving you commuting time and allowing for better work-life balance.

Off-campus jobs

Local job opportunities can also be explored. Each autumn and spring term, a part-time job fair is held where employers from the local area attend, providing students with information about part-time jobs in diverse sectors such as events, leisure, retail, hospitality, care support, tutoring, and more.

How to find part-time jobs in the UK

Your job search can begin right on campus with university resources, career services, and job portals. Job boards and websites like,, and can be instrumental in finding the right job. Student job agencies, such as, can also help match your skills and preferences with available vacancies.

Networking in the local community, visiting local businesses, or even using social media can help open opportunities. Internships and volunteering can also offer valuable experiences and connections.

7 best part-time jobs in the UK for international students

Here are seven of the best part-time jobs for international students in the UK, offering flexibility, valuable work experience, and the opportunity to earn income while studying. Always remember to check your visa restrictions and work hours allowed as an international student.

  1. Tutor: Use your existing knowledge and presentation skills as a tutor.
  2. Translator: Leverage your language skills in translation work.
  3. Dog walker: Enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and earn money.
  4. Theatre/cinema usher: Immerse yourself in the arts and gain valuable customer experience.
  5. Retail or grocery worker: Develop customer service and communication skills.
  6. Barista or hospitality staff: Enhance your language and interpersonal skills.
  7. Home care worker: Make a meaningful impact and gain experience in the healthcare field.


Are part-time jobs easily available for international students in the UK?

Yes, there are numerous on-campus and off-campus part-time jobs available for international students in the UK.

How much can an international student earn part-time in the UK? 

The earnings can vary greatly depending on the type of job, the location, and the number of hours worked. However, all workers in the UK, including international students, must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age category.

How many hours are international students allowed to work in the UK? 

A student visa allows international students to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term time for any course below degree level and 20 hours per week for degree-level courses. During official holiday periods, students can work full-time (up to 40 hours per week). For more information on working during your studies, visit UKCISA.