Part Time Work

The most common reason for part time work is to have a little extra income. But remember working part time can also provide you with vital work experience, which is great to add to your C.V. It will also give you the opportunity to build up your transferable skills, such as working in a team and working with the general public. Don't forget working is also a great way to meet new people and sometimes make lifelong friends/useful contacts and it’s a nice change from university life. Whether it is paid or unpaid work you do, you will always be increasing your list of references.

The University recommends that full-time undergraduate students do not work for more than 15-20 hours a week during term time.

General Information

The national minimum wage for an 18-20 year old is £5.60 per hour; for those aged between 21 and 25 it is £7.05. Over 25's should receive the National Living Wage of £7.50.

International students who wish to know if they can work in the UK under their student visa can get advice and guidance from the  UKCISA working during your studies in the UK website.

Remember most students will have to pay income tax and national insurance.

For more information on tax and tax rates, visit HMRC income tax website

For more information on national insurance, visit HMRC National Insurance website

For general information regarding tax as a student visit Tax Guide for Students

Find work

The UCLU job shop offers an easy-to-use online jobs list for current students interested in seeking one off, part time or vacation work UCLU jobshop

UCL Careers  has an online jobs board for students interested in looking for work. They cover:

  • A shortlisting service through UCL Talent Bank
  • Temporary positions
  • Part-time / vacation work or other work experience opportunities
  • Internship / placement programmes
  • Full time graduate level jobs
  • PhD studentships

UCL careers services can also provide student support with job applications, interviews and creating a professional C.V.

Voluntary work

Working doesn’t necessary mean getting paid. Voluntary work is a excellent way of trying out difference things and offering your services free of charge. Like part time work, volunteering is a good way to gain new skills and experiences, and to meet new people. It is also satisfying to give your time and energy to improve the quality of life for others.

The Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) is UCLU’s dedicated facility for students who want to get involved with volunteering projects in the local community

Other useful websites to look for voluntary work across London are:



London time bank