International students working in the UK
Working in the UK during your studies
Many students choose to work during their studies, both to earn some extra money and to gain experience. Some students work part-time during term time whilst others choose to only work during vacations. Many are also keen to undertake internships or work experience placements during vacation periods.
If you are not a UK national then you may face restrictions as to the type of work you can undertake in the UK and the number of hours you are able to work. as to the type of work you can undertake in the UK and the number of hours you are able to work.
Everyone who works in the UK needs to apply for a National Insurance number. For further information about how to do this, and for details about paying tax, see our information on Income Tax and National Insurance.
If you are an EU national (excluding nationals of Bulgaria or Romania) or you are from Switzerland, you are able to work with no restrictions during your studies. You do not need to apply for special permission to work.
If you are from an A2 country (Bulgaria and Romania) the rules are slightly more complicated.
If you are from a country outside the EEA and are in the UK on a Student Visa, you need to ensure that you follow strict rules regarding working during your studies – see the link at the bottom for further details.
Non EU nationals
If you are from outside the EEA and are here without a Student Visa, contact a Student Adviser for details about working in the UK during your studies.
Finding a job in the UK
Our Careers Service can help you think about what you might want to do, and provide a range of services, including CV and applications checks and interview practice. They run a packed programme of events and activities throughout the year to help you look for and find work. Once you have finished your studies you can continue to make use of the Careers Service for a small fee by joining GradClub.
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