On this page you'll find all the best ways to make money in your spare time whilst at university based on our own experience. We'll keep adding new ways to this page so go ahead and bookmark it. And please do share your own ideas in the comments! Hands down the quickest way to make a lot of money well, without breaking the law. It's completely legal, risk free, tax free, and anyone can do it.
It works by taking advantage of free bets regularly offered by betting sites through 'matching' them at a betting exchange. Matched betting eliminates the risk you are betting both for and against a certain outcome. Multiply this by how many betting sites there are and you can quite easily come away with a profit of a few hundred pounds. Julio Marquez — Flickr. Research companies are always recruiting new members to answer surveys and test new products.
For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or rewards. A few good ones to try are: See our new full guide to the best paid online surveys!
Paid for searching the web Interested in earning cash for doing what you already do online? This has to be one of the easiest methods of making money online without really any effort or change in your behavior.
This innovative idea by Qmee. You just install a simple add-on to your browser and when you conduct a search there may be a few sponsored results alongside your normal search. Each Qmee result has a cash reward attached — if you are interested in it simply click on it and collect your reward.
The best thing is there is no minimum to cashout — our first one was just 72p wired to our Paypal account. You also have the option to donate it to charity. Sign up now for free and start earning from your own searches! Click here to start. Today there is no need to be a fat cat or fund the yachts of Wolf of Wall Street style stock brokers. You can do it all yourself with the help of online market trading platforms.
Having spent many hours researching this new opportunity, I've been experimenting with the two biggest platforms: Overall I prefer eToro with over 4.
It was recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary "Traders: Millions by the Minute" and the Financial Times. One of the best things on eToro is the CopyTrader feature. This lets you literally see, follow and copy the investments of other top performing traders. Follow George's complete guide to trading on eToro to learn more. If nothing else you'll learn a great deal about various investments and industries. CFD trading can be volatile and you can lose your entire capital, so don't throw your life savings into it!
Trading CFDs may not be suitable for you. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved. Start your own website Interested in generating passive income? You need a website. It's THE way to make money while you sleep. Starting a website with Bluehost takes less than 20 minutes , costs hardly anything and can be done by an 82 year-old.
It only takes a bit of plugging on social media to get your first visitors, and there are plenty of ways to monetise your site. Save the Student is just one example of a successful website, started at university by Owen Burek in his first year, which has since grown into a full-time and sizable enterprise.
Read Owen's step-by-step guide on how to start a website in 20 minutes. It's really one of the best assets you can have. Simply sign up here , complete a test review and look forward to receiving websites in your inbox. The 'Disney Vault' secret To keep demand high across generations, Disney Studios carefully restrict the supply of some home release classics.
They are locked away in the 'vault' for years before being released for a short unspecified time. Buy them in this window at normal retail price and you can turn a nice profit when they go off sale for another decade or so. Importantly, not all Disney releases are subject to the vault and only the true classics will maintain such demand. Right now there are just 2 titles out of the vault which I would recommend snapping up.
They are Bambi Diamond Edition Blu-ray and The Lion King Diamond Edition Blu-ray. The most popular sites today are Toluna , Swagbucks and InboxPounds. We'll soon be launching our own GPT service for our readers. Invites will be limited, please join our mailing list if you're interested in hearing once it's live:. Become a delivery rider or driver Got a bicycle, motorbike or car? What about a Smartphone?
That's all you need to make some extra money by delivering food or people whenever you've got some spare time. Sign up as an Uber Driver and you can also apply to deliver with Uber Eats who are always on the hunt for new riders. They allow you total flexibility to work when you want, delivering food from restaurants to the customers' door.
Double-up your opportunities by directly contacting local takeaways and bigger chains like Dominos to see if they have any delivery jobs going. Write and publish a Kindle eBook If students are good at anything, it's researching and writing. With the Amazon Kindle store , anyone can publish an eBook and make money. And the Kindle app is now available on almost any device laptops, iPads, smartphones and yes, Kindles so your global market is huge!
Considering Amazon is the ultimate selling machine and remember people are looking to spend , that is a fantastic deal. The key to success with eBooks is to create value, and write non-fiction. Simply bundling information you have researched and complied on a common problem eg. Another big tip is to have a great cover designed so it stands out, and once your book is live on the Kindle store it's really important to get some reviews so it shows up higher in results.
Encourage readers to leave an honest review at the end of your book. The best thing about this lucrative idea is that once you've invested the time say 20 hours , you'll earn a passive income for years to come!
For a step-by-step guide to publishing and earning with eBooks, see " How to write a nonfiction eBook in 21 days ". Affiliate marketing If you've got a good presence on social media or perhaps you even have a blog or website, you can start bringing in money immediately by promoting all sorts of companies, products, services and offers online.
Sign up as a publisher on the Awin network , check their offers blog or browse the merchant listings to find something you think your friends would be interested in, grab your affiliate link and share it. If someone buys can be within up to 90 days using your link you'll make a nice commission. To take it a step further, set up a website read our guide or a topical Facebook page and invite all your friends to join it and post your affiliate offers on there.
Mobile phone recycling Credit: See how much you can get for your old mobile phone using our in-house mobile phone price comparison tool! Maybe ask your parents if they have any lying around too. You can get some good money and help the environment by recycling mobile phones with certain companies listed on the comparison tool. And for us, it's an easy way to make fast cash from our couch. There are a variety of tasks, but most commonly they involve mindless data entry, web research or form filling.
You are rewarded and paid in cash via Paypal for the work you do, and you can choose for what and when you work. Give it a go. Claim tax back Many students work part-time or during the summer months, and others will be on placements or paid internships. More often than not, if you are a student working during the year, you will be overpaying income tax.
Simply because few students reach the personal tax-free income allowance each year but are put on an emergency basic tax-code by their employers meaning tax is being paid when it shouldn't be. To learn more and calculate how much tax back you might be due, see our guide on student tax refunds. Get cashback when shopping I earned this much in 2 years.
This is not only a way to make money but also to save money as a student. There are a number of cashback sites out there which pay you the commission they otherwise would have earned.
We recommend signing up with Top Cashback , Quidco.
A part-time job A part-time job is the obvious first choice, opted for by most students looking to supplement their student loan. It provides a pretty steady flow of income and can enable you to gain valuable work experience.
However, depending on where you live, jobs are not always easy to find. Check local classifieds, our student job search , student job websites and your university careers service for vacancies.
It's also worth signing up with the Graduate Recruitment Bureau , a free service which will match you with both part-time jobs or graduate opportunities.
Read our guide to finding a part-time job whilst studying for more tips. Gigs on Fiverr Fiverr is now the world's largest marketplace for people to make money selling small services known as 'gigs'. What you offer could be absolutely anything, from writing and translating, social media posting , playing pranks and teaching to creating music , voiceovers and short video clips for people all around the world!
Whilst it might not seem like much, it can quickly add up and there are plenty of examples of people making a really good living from the site. The key is to get a system in place which minimises the time spent on each gig. But there is another way to profit even more from Fiverr for potentially far less work. By simply reselling gigs elsewhere. For example, find a decent logo designer then reply to jobs on Upwork or even local classifieds.
If you're not interested in selling at all there's SO much good stuff you can get done for yourself. Have a browse and get inspired! Review music for money If you love music, make it your business by reviewing unsigned bands and artists online for cash with Slicethepie. This may not sound like much, but if it's something you enjoy then it shouldn't be hard work and is another thing for your CV.
To get started, head over to Slicethepie now or read our quick guide for more info. There are sites out there that you can upload your notes to, along with your price, and then when another student downloads them you get paid. Sell second-hand course books One great way to make money is to buy other students' text books at the end of the year, and then sell them just after freshers' week — when the new intake of students know that they need them!
You can either advertise on campus or list them online very easily on Amazon. For more tips on selling items online click here. Types of competitions available to enter range from simple registration forms and Facebook page liking to answering questions correctly over the phone to being a TV game show contestant. Imagine you made it onto Deal or No Deal instead of just watching it! Start by entering our very own monthly student competition Like our Facebook page to see when our next one is!
Then head to our active competitions page to enter other free competitions that we have found. Just note that some of these sites may send you spam so use an alias email address and opt-out of as many of the offers as possible. For loads more tips on achieving success and making money from competitions, read our guide to entering competitions. Buy and sell domain names A domain name is just a website address eg.
Now you're probably not going to come across anything like that, but you can still turn a quick profit with a bit of searching. The trick is to find available domain names which have some commercial value, snap them up and then list them for sale on a site like Sedo. Mystery shopping Today becoming a mystery shopper is easier than you think and you can get rewarded handsomely. We've recently come across a really fun smartphone app called Roamler that pays you in cash for completing various tasks in your local area.
So definitely check that out first! More traditionally, there are plenty of agencies that pay you to visit all sorts of shops to feedback on how they are performing.
For more info on where to apply see our guide to becoming a mystery shopper. Be an extra Do you fancy yourself as a budding young actor or just that person that walks past in the background shot of an episode of Eastenders?
It could be you if you apply to be an extra. You can apply at Be On Screen for a number of opportunities or casting is another agency just know they take a cut from your earnings. Sell all your old CDs, games and movies If you are looking to make a very quick buck, then selling your old bits and bobs that are cluttering up your room is a good idea. The best thing about it is that you can rip all the songs and films onto your laptop or external hard drive before selling them.
This means that you are only really selling the plastic and artwork! Whilst you're at it, see if your parents have any 'clutter' they'd be happy to see the back of. You can also sell almost anything for free on Amazon Marketplace or Preloved and sites like MusicMagpie will pay you instantly for sending in unwanted items. For more tips and places to sell check out our guide on selling DVDs, CDs and games. Sell on your education! Becoming a tutor to other students is easier than ever.
Until recently your market was limited to local face-to-face sessions, but thanks to online tutoring sites you can go global! Udemy allows anyone to create an online course on literally anything! Get started with our guide to making money as a private tutor. Sell your photos If you think you've got a good shot and a little creativity, try uploading your photographs for free to stock websites. A good starting point is Fotolia or istockphoto. Make more money selling photo subjects that people are demanding, and there's a great resource to find this out here.
It might be a good idea to test them out in print first yourself get free photo prints here. Rent out your car parking space Some student accommodation comes with a drive or garage.
If you aren't using your parking space and you live in a busy area then you might be in luck. There are plenty of people that may work in the city centre and are fed up of paying through the roof for daily parking. Advertise your space on Gumtree , Parklet or Just Park. Or, check out our full guide to renting out your parking space. Become your own bank 'Peer-to-peer' lending is the future of banking. It cuts out the middle-man, passing on higher interest rates to you and cheaper loans to borrowers.
And it's all managed online from the comfort of your sofa. Founded in , Zopa. As with any traditional bank, there is some risk attached with peer-to-peer lending. Zopa have gone a long way to mitigating this with their Safeguard feature, which effectively spreads your money across a wide range of borrowers who are also credit checked.
Work as a charity collector Ok so this job takes a certain kind of person, as you'll have to take a lot of rejection and be persistent. But if you are bubbly, personable and reckon you could sell ice to an Eskimo then this could actually be a great student money making idea.
Have a look at Wesser as well as charity websites like Oxfam. Babysitting It's a classic money-maker, and for good reason. You get paid well to watch TV and not very much else! Be warned that you will need a CRB Criminal Records Bureau check to look after small children, even though some parents may not ask for one.
Aside from advertising yourself, you might want to try creating a profile on Findababysitter. It really is easy money unless you get stuck with the child from hell! Just think that as a student you're likely to have free time during the day when others are out at work and worried about their pets at home. Join Tailster who will match you up with dog owners.
Alternatively advertise your services locally with fliers or on classified websites such as Gumtree. Rent out your house for filming Directors for TV and film are always on the hunt for houses to film in. For instance, a scene for Coronation Street was recently filmed in the student house one of the Save the Student editors used to live in!
Not only can you make good money but it's crazy seeing your own place on TV. Start out by looking at this site. If you are comfortable taking off your kit then why not try life modelling. Sit there in the buff while budding artists capture your every curve or pokey bits in frightening detail! Try RAM , a website especially designed for these kind of jobs.
You could also get involved in clinical drug trials , but be sure you fully appreciate any risks attached.
Do not do anything you are not comfortable with, no matter how desperate you are for money! There has been an unhealthy rise in student prostitution in recent years — do not fall victim to it! Freelance work Perhaps you enjoy writing, managing Facebook pages or doing a little bit of graphic design in your spare time. There are so many freelance jobs out there that require simple skills or just time that someone else might not have.
And the best thing about freelancing is that you can work for clients in the UK and around the world with just an internet connection from home, to your own hours whilst developing valuable skills. A great place to start is with the leading freelance site Upwork.
Or try using our student job search to find freelance jobs closer to home. Sell clothes on eBay Everyone's best friend when it comes to getting rid of junk is eBay. Online auctions are a sure-fire way to turn that sleeveless jacket which came in and out of fashion in a week into hard cash. Some eBay sellers look at trends and try to predict what will be big ahead of the market.
If you are good and don't mind taking a risk then you can buy early in bulk and sell on when the craze hits. For lots more tips on selling on eBay read this guide. Sell your stories and videos If you have an interesting story then you could try selling it to the papers. It could be anything from sleeping with a professional footballer to getting caught in a clothes horse! YouTube videos According to recent stats we now watch more videos on YouTube than searches on Google.
And with the recently introduced YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading videos. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1, views.
Depending on how successful you are virality, subscriber base and topic you can make a lot of money, and there are plenty of stories every week of more and more YouTubers making it their career.
For more tips read our guide to making money from YouTube. Network marketing Also known as Multi-Level Marketing MLM , this is a business model that allows you to generate ongoing income in two ways: The later allows you to make money from the sales made by those you have recruited.
Importantly, this is not a pyramid scheme they are illegal because there is an end goal which involves a customer buying a product or service of value.
It's also not a 'get rich quick' scheme. You will have to work I'm afraid!
However with the growth of social media, network marketing is becoming easier and lots of people are now making a decent living from it. This is a serious way of making good money on your own terms and it's well worth reading up on it.
I recommend getting " The Business of the 21st Century " by Robert Kiyosaki. Source property for wealthy investors We all know how much money there is in property, but on the surface with house prices as high as they are you might be thinking this market is off-limits.
Truth is, lots of people make a great deal of cash simply sourcing suitable properties for wealthy investors who simply have no time. The trick is to find properties below market value BMV by avoiding estate agents and instead flyering your area with your contact details offering to buy houses.
Most cities will have monthly networking events for landlords and property investors. Track these down, sign up, put on your best suit and go along with lots of business cards. Or you could start on LinkedIn or even Twitter to build some initial contacts.
As you might imagine, this isn't necessarily a quick way to make money but once you've got a few investors in your phone book it can prove to be very lucrative in the long run. If you're interested, I recommend reading this book. There are many other creative ways to make money as a student, such as our 50 business ideas. With any luck you'll be on the road to making millions!
Please feel free to share your own ideas by leaving a comment below. Save the Student provides free, impartial advice to students on how to make their money go further.
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