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Can I work and pay for my studies in the UK?

Part-time jobs for international students

Can I work and pay for my studies in the UK?

During term time, international students can work for a maximum of:

  • 20 hours a week if you are studying at undergraduate or masters level at a higher education institution
  • 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree (college or English programme) level at an Higher Education Institute (HEI).
  • Students studying for a foundation course or pre-masters at a Pathway provider are not allowed to work at all.

There are no working restrictions for students from the European Union (EU), but whether Brexit changes this is still unclear. Your work conditions, including the maximum hours you can work during term-time, are normally printed on your visa sticker or Biometric Residence Permit.

- How is a week defined?

Immigration rules define a week as a "period of 7 days beginning with a Monday". If you have irregular hours or more than one employer, it is up to you to keep detailed records so that you are not in danger of invalidating your visa restrictions.

- How is term time defined?

Each higher education institution has clearly defined semesters throughout the academic year, including specific breaks for holidays such as Christmas, Easter and summer. During these breaks, you can work full-time at your job if you wish. Since 2014, employers have a legal obligation to check your term dates before you can start work.

Part-time jobs for international students

The benefits of working part-time include additional spending money, improving your English and acquiring key skills which will benefit your future and CV. If you are interested in finding part-time work in the UK, there are a variety of different options to choose from.

Jobs such as a coffee shop waiter or a clothing sales assistant are easy to find, especially in larger cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester, but why not enquire with your school about available roles? Many institutions have positions readily available for students, and it looks great on your CV as well!


If you have any questions, please contact World Student Advisors Student Support Centre using the WhatsApp number below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

World Student Advisors
Student Support Centre
WhatsApp: +44 7756 295 943