Should You Get a Part-Time Job While at University?

A part-time job can be a great way to occupy any spare time, especially after the buzz of Freshers' week has died down!

A part-time job can be a great way to occupy any spare time, especially after the buzz of Freshers’ week has died down!

For many freshers, the prospect of going off to uni will quite possibly be one of the most exciting things to have happened in their lives. New friends, a new home and lots of new experiences are in store. However, one concern for a lot of people is money. The thought of having to pay for a fun freshers’ week is scary enough, let alone for rent and food for the year with such a measly student loan.

A lot of students might have enough money saved or are able to get by fairly comfortably with the student loan the government has allocated to them. Some students won’t be so lucky, and the only way to not have to choose between food and rent is to get a job.

Should uni students be trying to get jobs or is it too much stress? Here are a few pros and cons of getting a part-time job while you study.


  • Money! Obviously, this is probably the main reason to search for a job in the first place! Even if it’s only an extra £20 a week, you’ll definitely feel better for it.
  • Going to work will give you something to do. Some halls of residence can get boring and fairly depressing after the excitement of freshers’ week is over, so a part-time job can often be an escape from the potential doom and gloom.
  • More new friends! As if trying to remember everyone’s name at uni wasn’t enough, getting yourself a job can also mean you’ll meet new people who you can socialise with. It’s always nice to have options.


  • Even part-time jobs are time-consuming. You may find yourself working more than you thought you would. Sometimes this is a bad idea, especially near exam dates or assignment deadlines.
  • Missing out. As with a full-time job, at times a part-time job will require you to work when you’ve already made plans for, say, a birthday, or any other celebration. This can be hard, especially if none of your other student friends have jobs. It can leave you feeling a little left out and maybe resentful towards your job.
  • It’s surprisingly easy to become addicted to earning money, even from part-time work. Once you start earning, you won’t want to stop. This is, in a way, a good thing, as it shows motivation, but sometimes it can mean agreeing to work when you really should be studying in the library!

Of course, when it comes to getting a job at uni it really is down to you – there are pros and cons to everything! The key to life at university is balance, and this applies when getting a part-time job too. If you’re off to uni this September and decide (or need) to get yourself a job, just ensure that it doesn’t take up all your time and you’ll be just fine.

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