Earn money and develop your skills
Approximately 45% of University of Manchester students work part-time during semester. For many the main reason is to earn extra money, but don't overlook the skills you gain. Working with customers helps you develop communication skills, and balancing work with study requires good time management. Some part-time jobs may be career related, e.g. translation/interpreting, marketing or web design.
Working hours and pay
To avoid work affecting your studies we recommend you work no more than 15 hours a week during semester. However, you must first ensure that you satisfy the work and attendance requirements for your programme of study. Information can usually be found in your programme handbook.
We only advertise part time work which pays at least the National Minimum Wage. The main rate from 1st Oct 2013 is £6.31 per hour, however some jobs can pay much more. Some jobs you might see pay 'commission only', meaning you only earn money on sales you make, so think carefully before accepting work like this as you may not earn any money unless you are very good at selling.
If you're worried about money, the University has a guide to managing your finances and dealing with financial pressure during your studies.
Where to find part-time jobs
Many jobs are advertised on CareersLink or the other websites listed here. Some parts of the university recruit students for part time work. See our information about jobs on campus for advice on how to find these. You will also find jobs advertised in local newspapers like the Manchester Evening News, Metro News or Jobs Northwest. You can get these on public transport or from newsagents.
You can also find vacancies by asking around at shops, bars and restaurants. Many advertise vacancies in their windows. The best way to find these jobs is walk around the city centre and ask. Don't just look along Oxford Road, where you compete with thousands of other students looking for work. Check the city centre and areas like Didsbury, Withington and Stockport, all accessible via public transport.