Are you interested in earning a little extra spending money or improving your CV while studying in the UK? If so, it is important to be fully aware of what you can and cannot do on your student visa in regards to working in the UK.
During term time you can work for a maximum of:
- 20 hours a week if you are on a study abroad programme at an "overseas higher education institution" in the UK
- 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree level at a "higher education institution"
- 10 hours a week if you have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (Child) Student
Working while studying offers many benefits to students both financially and otherwise. Learn more about some of them below.
Five Reasons to Work While Studying in the UK
1. More Money to Explore
Not only will you have more money to pay bills, but you will also have extra savings to enjoy exploring your new home, as well as its surrounding countries. The UK’s huge rail network and cheap flights make travel very easy.
2. Increases Cash Flow
Even if you are receiving a monthly allowance from your family, a little extra money doesn’t hurt. More money for clothes, food and some adventure sports.
3. Teaches Money Management Skills
Money management skills are not learned in school or at home. You will learn the value of a pound, how to save more and areas where you can save. As an adult, simple budgeting and money management skills will prove to be very handy in the future.
4. Develop Time Management Skills
In today’s fast-paced work environment, you will learn to meet deadlines and organise your day, fitting in work, study and downtime.
5. Work Environment Preparation
You will get valuable work experience before you enter full-time work. Apart from the degree and knowledge, employers look for valuable international work experience on their CV.