The Advice and Counselling Service and Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise Centre have written a detailed advice guide which includes information about:
  • How to find a job
  • The benefits of working
  • Income Tax and National Insurance - will you have to pay these?
  • Welfare benefits if you can't work
  • EEA and Swiss students: the rules about working
  • International students: the rules about working


Part Time and Vacation Work


Earnings can be a useful source of income to top up your main source of funding, and many students work part-time.

You must be realistic about how much you will be able to work, so that you can meet the requirements of your course. Most academic departments have their own rules about the number of hours a week students should work. Check this with your personal tutor or academic advisor before you start looking for work.

It is usually best to work for a manageable number of hours on a regular basis, rather than to work intensively because you have run out of money towards the end of the year. It is also very likely that you will need to work regularly in order to top up the money that you already have. Use our Budgeting resources including a spreadsheet you can personalise and our advice guide to help you to work out how much part time work you will need to do to cover your essential expenditure.