A Guide to Making Money as a Student

There are many flexible ways in which students can earn some extra money during their time at university, without seeking part-time employment.

Sometimes you can find yourself going through difficult times financially as a student, and you may be too busy with university work to pick up a part time job. However, there are plenty of other things you can do to earn yourself a bit of extra money whilst you are studying to give you a bigger budget throughout your student life.

Use this guide to discover new ways to make money that might suit your current situation!

Participate in paid surveys

A simple way to make extra money online is by participating in paid surveys. There are plenty of research companies and websites that want people to fill out questionnaires which they will happily pay you for. Some of the most popular ones include: Swagbucks, Branded Surveys, LifePoints and Opinion Outpost. This is just an example of some trusted research companies, however there are lots of others available to choose from so you can participate in multiple if you wish.

Sell your unwanted stuff

One great way of earning money whilst also allowing you to free up space in your home is to sell your unwanted items! Second hand clothes selling websites and apps such as Depop have become popular amongst students as it is an easy way to make money whilst being able to get rid of clothes you no longer wear. You can also use services such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace to sell other unwanted items such as games, accessories and collectibles.

Pet sitting

Pet sitting

Spending your spare time looking after animals whilst earning yourself some extra money, doesn’t that sound great? Thankfully, there are now apps and services that you can use to find pet owners who need their beloved animals looking after whilst they are busy. If paid dog walking or dog sitting sounds appealing to you, you can check out Care Pet Care and Tailster.


You can now be paid for doing transcription work from the comfort of your laptop. Transcription work involves listening to audio recordings and converting them into written reports. The type of recordings you can transcribe include conferences, lectures and podcasts. How much you can earn from doing this will depend on the type of recording you are transcribing. The more specialist the subject area is, the more you will be paid for transcribing.

Freelance Writing

If writing is your passion, there are many different forms of freelance writing jobs available. Many small or independent businesses are often looking for writers to produce articles for their websites. You can use websites and services such as Fiverr and Upwork to market yourself as a freelance writer and look for potential clients. Depending where your writing knowledge and expertise is, this can be very profitable, and some industry writers are heavily sought after.

Become A Virtual Assistant

Some businesses and entrepreneurs look to outsource some of the organisational work that needs doing for them. This is where being a virtual assistant can earn you extra money. The responsibilities of being a virtual assistant can include performing research, responding to emails and liaising with clients and customers.



There are many different ways you can make money through blogging. If you run your own blogging website, you can include affiliate links to products – where you will make a commission on anyone who buys the product from your link. You can also adverts on your blog posts through ad services that will pay you based on the amount of traffic that comes through the adverts.


Teaching or tutoring online can be a great way to earn extra money each month. Depending on your skills and expertise, you can offer to tutor anything to people looking to learn something new. Whether you are good at playing guitar or know how to build websites, there are always people looking to learn different things. Another popular form of tutoring is teaching English online. There are plenty of services that allow you to advertise yourself as an English tutor that look to pair you up with students. VIP Kid and PalFish are two examples of online teaching companies where you can sign up and offer courses to students looking to learn or practice their English.


This is a classic go-to for students as there are always events and businesses looking for people to do flyering work. Flyering usually involves visiting halls of residence or delivering flyers around student housing areas. Businesses such as estate agents, takeaways and night club events are usually looking for people to do part time flyering. If you do flyering work for a night club, you can usually combine the flyering with your night out!


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