If you're on a Student Visa: 

Working part-time as a student can help you to develop a number of useful skills, alongside studying for your degree. If you are on a Student visa, you must follow certain rules if you wish to work throughout your studies, depending on your level of study.


How many hours can I work?



Undergraduate Students



Masters students


PhD students



Part-time students


What type of work can I do?

Students can undertake any sort of work apart from the following:

  • Be self-employed or engage in business activity; or
  • Work as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach); or
  • Work as an entertainer unless; or
  • Work in a position that would fill a permanent full-time vacancy

Students who have applied for the Doctorate Extension Scheme or the Start-up Visa may be exempt from some of the above restrictions. If you think this may apply to you please contact the Visa Compliance team for further advice.   
If you're an EU/EEA/Swiss student
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss student holding pre-settled or settled status, you are able to work with no restrictions during your studies. You do not need to apply for special permission to work.

Important to know:

  • If you are unsure of how many hours you are able to work during your studies, your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will also state the maximum amount of hours you are able to work while studying.
  • You’ll be told what you can and cannot do on a Student visa, once your visa application has been approved.