Careers Service

Working during your studies

Many students have a part-time job during semester and many more work during their summer vacations. UK employers expect that graduates will have some experience of working so it is important to think about how you might fit this experience into your time at the University of Edinburgh.

Part time work

Working part-time can be a great way to earn some extra money, develop your skills and meet new people; this can be especially helpful in developing your English language skills if you are not a native speaker.

Vacation work

Information about doing vacation work in the UK and overseas including where to look for vacancies and eligibility criteria

Volunteering

Volunteering whilst you study can be a flexible way to gain work experience, meet new people and develop your English language skills. There are also no visa restrictions for international students wishing to undertake voluntary work.

Find out more about volunteering including finding voluntary opportunities in the UK and overseas on our volunteering webpages:

National Insurance

Every person, earning over £155 a week, working in the UK must pay National Insurance and if you are an International or EU student you will need to apply for one if you want to work while studying. More information about NI is available in the looking for work section of our website: