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Earning money alongside university

Earning money alongside university

Hello again!

Would you like to be earning some money while you are studying? Are you looking for a job? Are you worried about your financial situation when you join university?

Student Finance

If you are fortunate enough you may be paying for your university course directly from your own savings. However, for anyone who doesn’t have enough savings to do this (like myself), Student Finance England can give you a loan. You can apply for a tuition fee loan as well as a maintenance loan. The loan you will be given depends on where you live and your household income – you can find out more by clicking here. You will only start repaying your loan once you have started earning £382 or more per week, however, this differs depending on which plan you are on. You can find out more by clicking here. Once you start repaying your loan, it will be written off after 30 years, or when you turn 65.


If you are already a student at University College Birmingham and would like some support with gaining employment, I highly recommend taking a look at the hired@UCB department – just click here. You will find resources to develop your skills, master your interviews, improve your CV and cover letter, nail career assessments, as well as find lots of other resources, podcasts, videos, documents and you may even book a careers appointment!


The hired@UCB department also has a section called Finding A Job. Under this section, you will see Unitemps which is a great platform to search for jobs. I currently have a job through Unitemps and think it’s great! On their website, there are different sections for job searches such as professional services, student jobs and work from home. You can also filter your searches with keywords and location.

Enterprise Hive / BSEEN

Do you have a business idea? Would you like to set up as an entrepreneur? If the answer is yes, then you should really book an appointment with the Enterprise Hive! I have set up two businesses with the help of BSEEN and my Enterprise manager was really helpful and friendly! I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the BSEEN boot camp and won a grant to help set up my business. I was then given a mentor who also had experience in the same industry which was super helpful and reassuring! You can check out BSEEN and the Enterprise Hive by clicking here.

If you are looking for a job in a shop, don’t forget to check out Indeed’s website here, and if there are any shops you are particularly interested in working for, check out their jobs section on their website. You can usually find the jobs section at the bottom of their page or on the website menu.

Gaining a work placement throughout your studies at university will also be super beneficial as they may also want to offer you a paid job!

I hope this has helped you!

Thanks for reading!

Charley x

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