student part-time jobs
These online student jobs allow you to work from anywhere. Source: cottonbro studio /Pexels

The ideal student part-time jobs give you plenty of time to balance university and social life.

Not all jobs give you this option. While most student part-time jobs are starting to become more flexible, just as many require you to work a set number of hours per week. 

The shift to online jobs has been a welcome change in this regard. With these, we can pick and choose how we manage our time, allowing for more time and space to pursue other interests.

It’s an easier way to make some extra cash without sacrificing your grades or other aspects of university life. 

As an international student, it’s important to check if your visa allows for any work from home opportunities first.

In most countries such as the US, UK and Canada, an international student’s working schedule is usually capped at 20 hours per week and certain types of work.

If all goes well, these are some student part-time jobs you can consider doing from your room: 

4 best online student part-time jobs

For most of these jobs, all you’ll need is your laptop. Source: Rohan Thomson/AFP


Tutoring is a classic part-time job that many students cam do. This is because it allows you to use the knowledge you’ve gained at university to help other students.

By teaching others, you become better at the subject as well — all whilst making some money. 

Online tutoring is relatively easy to set up. Most students do this on an ad hoc basis — offering to tutor their classmates in subjects they excel at.

Others approach their student union and ask if any tutoring services are already set up and if they’d be eligible to join. 

Either way, you’ll benefit from being able to study and work at the same time — a great way to improve your grades in the long run. 

Freelance writing

If you have a talent for writing, it’s a great idea to consider offering your services on a freelance basis.

There are many businesses and individuals out there who need write-ups or other types of written content. These might be for their websites, email newsletters, short blurbs on their websites, or others. 

Struggling to find work? Try a freelance website or app. Upwork and Fiverr offer great options if you want to start freelance work.

The best part? You’ll be able to set your own prices for your services and accept work as and when is suitable for you. 

Again, be sure to check your student visa, as some countries don’t allow for this. If in doubt, always approach your career or student services to check. 

Some of these jobs allow you to work and study at the same time. Source: Vlada Karpovich /Pexels

Managing social media

Do you like scrolling through your social media feed? Maybe you’re searching for ways to refine your audience on social media or understand how its algorithms work.

Either way, finding a job in social media is a great way to learn. 

Not sure where to find a job in social media? Try approaching your student union or careers centre.

They might be advertising openings for local businesses or, if they aren’t, they’d be able to point you towards where you can look. 

If all else fails, try approaching any local restaurants or businesses in your area. Chances are they’d be happy to take you on if you show enough determination, passion and commitment to advancing their goals. 

Freelance web designing 

Part of your degree might require you to learn how to code. Or maybe you enjoy designing websites in your free time. In any case, you could monetise your skills by offering them up on a freelance basis. 

There are many businesses, influencers and services out there that are looking to build their audience — and that starts with establishing their brand. One of the key ways to do this is by setting up a website.

In this, they might be looking for less expensive web designers to start off with. That’s where you come in. 

Rest assured, though, that you don’t have to change insanely cheap prices to qualify as a freelance web designer.

It might be worthwhile to start off offering your services at a lower cost while you establish yourself, but once you’ve built an adequate portfolio, you can look at raising your prices.

Negotiating is essential for this. Again, Fiverr and Upwork are great places to look for freelance work.

Outside of this, you can approach your student centre — which might be looking to revamp its website, too.