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How to Make Money as a Student


So you’re a student, you’ve managed to get yourself through your first term of this year, but it’s been pretty difficult budgeting and affording all the mad nights out. You’ve also got all of those books you haven’t used and those library fines you’ve racked up by losing them. So what do you do now and how can you avoid the same situation next term? Well we’ve listed a fair few ideas for you below and we’ve offered some real opportunities with us as well!

These activities and strategies will be listed in ‘desperation’ order.

Part time job

Yes, you could apply and get a part time job. We know that’s not what you’re looking for, you thought we’d provide you with some get rich quick schemes, but simply they don’t work and that’s not what we’re about here at Uni2. Work hard, play a lot harder! There’s bound to be plenty of part time jobs around this time of year, pretty much every store is looking for Xmas temps at the moment. If however, you’re ‘good’ for the time being and your parents will keep you sweet over the winter break then look out for more permanent positions in your local stores. Firstly you’ll get at least minimum wage, secondly it will give you something to do during the gaps in your 8 hour week lecture timetable, it will give you some extra cash for nights and finally it will give you some decent points on your CV.

Part time jobs with Uni2: We are currently looking for Brand Ambassadors in pretty much every University City.
Do you have bags of personality?
Are you well known around campus?
Do you like Uni2?
Would you like to be involved in the UK’s newest student dating app?
If you answered yes to all the above please send us an email telling us a bit about yourself and what city you’re in and we’ll be in contact!

Mystery shopping

Do you like to shop? How about being able to snitch on rude staff?

We if that’s your bag then you’ll enjoy mystery shopping. Being a MS allows you to go into stores, see their inventory and gives you an excuse to buy stuff. You get paid per visit and can often be offered discounts in the store later on. It’s fairly easy work and you can intertwine it with the rest of your day and the rest of your shopping. What a doddle! You can find plenty of mystery shopping opportunities online.


Similar to mystery shopping it’s fairly easy work. Simply sit down in front of your computer and blast through a bunch of surveys and you get paid per survey. The surveys tend to be opinion polls and pretty easy questions so don’t worry about that. There does tend to be a stigma attached to these survey sites that they pay you pittance and hardly ever pay out so you might want to try to find some that are a little more well known and try a few so you can build up your earnings.

Ebay & Other Selling Apps

Did you blow your loan up the wall buying loads of stuff you don’t need? Not used that USB milkshake stirrer? Could do with shifting it and getting some cash for it? Well then there’s a website for that, it called….Ebay! You may have heard of it.

It’s possibly the simplest concept in the world. You’ve got an item you don’t want or need any more; someone else will probably pay decent money for it. Let them bid for it, get the cash and post it. Simple, and now you’ve got a bit more money to blow on your next daft purchase, the cycle continues.

You might want to explore other selling apps too. If you have a large collection of clothes, you might want to see if you can sell some on apps like Vinted or Depop.

Blogging and Affiliate marketing

A few of you may be bit daunted by this, but trust us, it’s not too difficult and once you’ve set one blog or site up you’ll be able to do loads and essentially after that it’s free money.

Here’s a simple explanation and a step by step guide.

An affiliate scheme is a way for companies like Amazon to get their products reviewed and seen by more people. Essentially they offer commission on items that have been sold through your site. So for example let’s say you create a blog about football pumps (not that you would, but for explanatory sake), you would then list football pumps for sale on your site, and for every pump sold you’d get a cut.

So let’s give you a step by step:
1. Go to Amazon or some equivalent and find the affiliate site.
2. Find a product you want to talk about and list
3. Go to a blog site
4. Create a blog
5. Write some reviews
6. Post the links on the site
7. Publicise, get this seen by as many people as possible, get it shared and watch the money come in through the links. Then let it grow naturally.

Drug and medical testing

Students are often in the age and health bracket these places are looking for. You get paid fairly significant amounts for the hours and the day, and you also get some compensation if you grow an extra arm! Big win, you could get an extra arm and money. What more could you want!

Posted 13.06.22
Ed Henderson
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