Feb 17

14 ways you can make money at university

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There are so many great ways to make extra money whilst you’re still at university. All it takes is a little organisation, some good ideas and a willingness to put in a bit of extra work.

Here are 14 ways you can make money at university:


1. Sell used goods online

Raiding car boot sales or selling off things you don’t want can be a great way to earn extra cash, using good old Gumtree or eBay. Be aware of fees attached, but otherwise, make use of anything lying around unused at home! Instead of throwing it out, make back some cash online.

Find out all the different ways you can sell your stuff here.


2. Sell your knowledge

Don’t forget that you can sell more than just household items – you can also sell your services. As a student, you’ll have some really valuable knowledge to share. Why not put that degree to use? Earn back a bit of extra cash with tutoring, or offering your skills to teach online for sites like Coursera or Udemy.

Find out how you can make £80 an hour as a private tutor.


3. Do Online Surveys

14 ways you can make money at universityIt’s very simple: you take surveys, earn points, and eventually, you can redeem these for money or gift cards. One of the most promising and user friendly new sites in this category is InboxPounds. For a tried and tested favourite, try Swagbucks. It’s a great way to pass some spare time, being easy to fit in when you’re busy procrastinating online!

Find our more about making money with online surveys.


4. Cash in on your clicks

Whilst you’re flittering from site to site, why not get paid to click on adverts, read emails or visit websites? Sign up for Qmee, an app on that sits on your internet browser and quantifies clicks. Just search whatever you normally would and get paid for performing routine clicks.


5. Test out websites

Sites like What Users Do or UserTesting can earn you great money for just trying out a website. This means performing a certain site function and giving feedback – like a review of your experience using the site. Easy!

Find out more about making easy money testing apps and websites.


6. Rent your spare space

Even if you just have the simplest of spaces left over in your apartment, you can still make some cash by putting people up. You can use AirBnB to market almost any kind of space – just think up a witty way to sell it! If you’re heading off for a holiday, take advantage of the opportunity. Make sure you’re allowed to do this if you’re currently renting, before going ahead!

Find out more ways you can make and save money from renting.


7. Create great videos

If you have a video that could go viral, or you fancy yourself in front of the camera, why not give it a try? Viral videos can draw huge clicks and ad revenue, and if you have a topic you love to talk about it or a penchant for silliness you think others might like, it’s easy to get started for free on YouTube.

Find out more about making money vlogging.


8. Get writing for others

If you like to write, sites like Clickworker  or Textbroker can have you doing research, data entry or reviews for a price. These will usually pay according to the nature of the piece and its length, and can help you squeeze in a few extra pounds from the comfort of your living room. Or, if you’re keen on a topic, why not consider producing an eBook instead? Read more about someone else’s success with eBook publishing.


9. Rent out your friendship

Did you know you could be someone’s friend for a price? Rent A Friend is a service where you can sign up to be a friend to someone – it’s totally platonic and you can earn extra cash just doing things you might already do anyway. While it might sound odd, it’s just another way you too can cash in on everyday activities.

Find out more about making money being a friend.


10. Start your own business

You can start a business very easily these days, and being self-employed gives you the flexibility to earn money for something you find interesting. For a bunch of great business ideas that you can start as a student, take a look at Student Money Saver’s handy list to get started.


11. Sell handmade items

14 ways you can make money at universityWhether you’re selling pet rocks, embroidery, knitted scarves or birthday cards, there’s a way to sell almost anything you can think of online.

If you’re keen on getting creative at home, Etsy was made for you! It’s a great way to earn a bit of extra cash alongside your day-to-day efforts.


12. Do odd jobs

Fill in spare time with extra odd jobs using online tools like Fiverr or TaskRabbit. There’s a never ending supply of odds and ends that you can help with – from helping with essays to mowing someone’s lawn, taking photographs or babysitting.


13. Sell ad space on your bike

If you’re a keen cyclist, sign yourself up to a service like Ads on Bikes. Create a free account in order to be registered for potential ad placements. It’s simple to do online and once you’re accepted, you will be sent ads to stick onto your bike. Then you too can make money cycling as normal!

Find out more about making money advertising your bike.


14. Participate in trials

Signing up as a participant in clinical trials can seem risky – but some are much less scary than you might think. Psychological trials, for instance, just want to know about your day-to-day experiences. Investigate terms carefully before you commit.

Find out how you could get paid to take part in clinical trials.


These are just 14 ways to get started making extra money alongside your studies, so that you have more money to spend on your time off!




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Some awesome ideas, I’m currently in my second year of university, and I’m struggling with the cost of books etc so constantly on the lookout for ideas.

The eBay one I keep seeing, and I read guide on things to sell on eBay but some of them seemed risky. I think selling clothes etc makes more sense.

Do clinical trials really work? I’ve always seemed to think they would be dangerous!

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