On-campus job ideas for students

Whether you need to find a job to meet a federal work-study requirement or are looking to earn extra money to get through the semester, on-campus jobs are the ideal choice for students looking for work. On-campus jobs are often an excellent choice for students looking for part-time work. As any student knows, life is busy enough with classes, clubs, homework, exams and extracurricular activities. It can be difficult to balance school with a work schedule, and this balance is even harder to find when you factor in the commute to and from work. On-campus jobs therefore tend to be very suitable for students. On the one hand, on-campus employers tend to have a better understanding of academic requirements and are accustomed to adapting to staff changes in response to fluctuating course loads. On the other hand, you won't have to worry about getting out of class to be able to work on time, and working on campus is a great way to meet new people. You also make valuable connections with faculty and staff at your university.

Benefits of working on campus

When you work on campus, you don't have to worry too much about travel to the office, which can be especially difficult when it comes to balancing homework, study and, of course, class time. In addition, working on campus can be a great way to meet new people and make valuable connections with faculty and staff at your college. Here are some of the best jobs to consider.


If you're ready for the hustle and bustle of a university café, consider working as a barista. Not only will you probably get your daily dose of caffeine, free of charge - a smart way to save money, especially if you tend to spend €5 a day on a latte - but you'll also get to know the "coffee" regulars and meet new people, too. In addition, the skills you'll learn as a barista, such as making espresso drinks, working as a cashier and counting change, for example, are easily translated into other coffee and restaurant jobs that you may want to pursue after graduation for more cash.

Mail Room Attendant

Almost all college dormitories have some sort of mailroom where students can receive letters and packages. Working in the mailroom is a good way to meet people in your dorm, or, if you work in another residence, it's a great way to communicate with peers you might not otherwise meet. And since there is usually some downtime when you work in the mailroom, you may also be able to read or complete some homework while you earn money.

Library attendant

If you can put up with four to eight hour shifts in a quiet environment, working as a library attendant can be an ideal job for you, especially if you tend to spend a lot of time in the library to begin with. Library staff generally have a responsibility to maintain a supportive work environment: making sure that students do not speak loudly, or be disruptive with food or drinks, for example. In addition, most library staff are able to do their own school work while being paid to supervise the library.

Teaching assistant

Most colleges and universities hire undergraduate or graduate students to work as teaching assistants in fields as varied as journalism, mathematics, physics and biology. If you have performed particularly well in a class or if you have a relationship with a professor, find out about applying to become a teaching assistant. While some assistants are required to organize their own seminars or discussions for students attending larger conferences, in other cases their responsibilities are limited to monitoring exams and grading papers.

Administrative Assistant

There's a ton of work to do on a university campus: phone calls to make, papers to file, emails to answer, to name a few. Many university departments hire student administrative assistants at the beginning of each semester, so check early to see if there's an opening. You can also check your school's personnel offices for job opportunities, such as its Career Services, Student Services or Registrar's Office, Human Resources or Information Technology Centre, for example.

Research Assistant

Many departments recruit paid research assistants. However, not all research is hard science. You may be able to find a job in basic research in English, history, psychology or sociology. Although not all research assistantships are paid by the hour, many come with a stipend. Either way, a job like this also gives you research skills to strengthen your resume. While looking for research jobs, you may also find opportunities to participate in research studies. This can be a fun (and interesting!) way to make money on the side.
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