You may wish to take on part-time work to meet new friends and earn extra money while you are studying in the UK.
However, as an international or EU student there are some important rules and regulations to be aware of.
Working in the UK
Most international students on courses of more than six months are given Tier 4 visas that allow them to work part-time. This means:
- up to 20 hours work a week during term time
- full-time work during your vacation periods*
*Recognised vacation periods are different depending on the course you are studying. Postgraduate students should check with an immigration adviser before undertaking full-time work.
Please note if you are studying a course below UK degree level, such as a Foundation Course or an English Language course at CELE, you are only allowed to work 10 hours per week.
Please be aware that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to rely upon expected income from part–time work in order to demonstrate how you will afford to live and study in the UK.
For further information on working please see:
Students holding short-term study visas are not able to work in the UK.
EU students working in the UK
EU students and staff do not currently require a visa to work in the UK.
The UK is currently in the process of leaving the EU, and until then, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. The UK EU withdrawl date is under negotiation. After this date, EU nationals wishing to study and work in the UK will need to apply for some form of immigration permission. The type of permission and the deadline to apply will depend on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal (Withdrawal Agreement), and the date an individual arrived in the UK.
All relevant updates for future students and current students will be found on the Brexit information pages.
Working after your studies
In some cases, students can stay in the UK after completing a degree course and take on paid employment.
Further information is available in:
Several departments within the University can help you find a job during and after your studies: