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The life of a student is filled with plenty of emotions and excitement more so as an international student as you enter into a completely new environment and a different way of life. Adjusting to these changes may be hard but there are ways to keep your mind off the stresses of being a freshman and trying to get used to and being familiar with the new environment. One of the best ways is to step up and look for a job to help supplement your income and give you something to do during your free time. So if you are a student in the UK and are looking to make a little bit of money while adding a little more activity on your CV, here are a few reasons why you should consider working while studying in the UK.
Five reasons to work whilst studying

1. Guaranteed income to explore: One of the best ways to get to know a new environment is to be lost and immersed in the culture of the place. Unfortunately, it is hard to do this without the money to move around and travel. Over and above having money to cover your bills, having a job will allow you to have extra savings that could finance your social activities and get more familiar with your environment and other surrounding areas in the process. The UK’s huge and impressive transport network that includes rail, road and air make travel very easy.
2. An increase in cash flow: Even if you are receiving a monthly allowance from your family, a little extra money doesn’t hurt. More money, more adventures and travelling. Let’s not forget more savings as well.
3. Teaches money management skills: Money management skills are not learned in school or at home. You will learn the value of a pound, how to save more and areas where you can save. As an adult, simple budgeting and money management skills will prove to be very handy in the future.
4. Develop time management skills: In today’s fast-paced work environment, you will learn to meet deadlines and organise your day, fitting in work, study and down time.
5. Work environment preparation: You will get valuable work experience before you enter full-time work. Apart from the degree and knowledge, employers look for valuable international work experience on your CV.
Other important things to note are that:
During term time you can work for a maximum of:

• 20 hours a week if you are on a study abroad programme at an “overseas higher education institution” in the UK
• 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree level at a “higher education institution”
• 10 hours a week if you have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (Child) Student

Working while studying offers many benefits to students both financially and otherwise. At Priority Professional Placements, we have dedicated countless hours in research to help us provide the best employment opportunities for you while you study. Our team of devoted recruitment consultants are on hand to guide you through the process of looking for the best type of employment that will fit into your schedule as a student. We have also thrown in perks such as our yearly summer recruitment drive that is dedicated to making your summer a profitable summer as well as referral incentives to help you make a quick buck even while you are not working.
This is what some of the students who work with Priority Professional Placements had to say about working while you study in the UK.


Abdullahi Idris is studying for a Masters in International Social Policy and Social Welfare at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridgeshire United Kingdom.


Here is a list of the top benefits for working while studying according to Idris.It provides me with opportunity to earn while working.

  1. I am an individual interested in social policy and welfares; working while I study gives me first-hand experience with policy and welfare issues around my career.
  2. It helps me build work experience.
  3. Provides me with cultural integration experience while working in a multicultural environment.





Qurrat Parvez is a 1st year Health and Social Care student at the University of Bedfordshire. This is what she had to say about working while studying in the United Kingdom.

“As a student in the United Kingdom, working while I study has helped me to gain experience while I also gain a lot financially in order to help myself.”


Olamide Samson Folagbade is studying for a Degree in Biomedical Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridgeshire United Kingdom.


Here are his top reasons for working while studying in the UK.

  1. You’ve got right to work maximum of 20hrs in a week
  2. As international student you don’t pay council tax if your complying to the 20hrs work limit per week Any other benefits are general to everyone
  3. A lot of training that I’ve undergone has boosted my knowledge and made me a lot more confident.




Article by Tinotenda Phil Gwitima, Recruitment Consultant and Claire Somerai, Account Executive at Priority Professional Placements. You can get in touch on or

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