Finding An On-Campus Job Without Work-Study Funding

By Victoria Robertson on October 6, 2021

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Working while going to school is no easy feat, especially when you’re excluding the work-study possibility. However, that’s not to say that finding a part-time gig is too challenging, as most college campuses have a plethora of opportunities available to students.

The key is being open to the potential opportunities and hitting the pavement to find the right fit. Once you have it, you’ll be making plenty of spending money to keep you entertained through your college experience. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started!

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Take a Walk through Campus

The benefit to being on a college campus is that you can actually take a look around and see what opportunities are available just as you walk to class, or head out with friends on the weekend.

Take a look around and see if there are any particular places that you would like to work, such as a campus library, a local restaurant, or even a campus bookstore, and go inside to ask if they’re accepting applications. The worst thing they’ll say is no.

In most cases, you’ll come across a handful of places hiring and interviewing, and you can throw your hat into the ring, just like that.


Believe it or not, the importance of networking begins in college, as you can make relationships that help line you up for jobs outside of the university, as well as inside it. When you network on campus, you open up a whole new door of possibilities that you may not have otherwise had.

For instance, some individuals may inform you of a job opening on campus specifically related to your field of study, or otherwise, that is of interest to you. Sometimes, just knowing someone can give you a leg up on a position. So, when possible, don’t shy away from meeting new individuals and forming relationships. Networking is so important.

Look Online

Just as with any other job opening, there are typically listings online that you can look for. While you can always go the traditional route of job search sites, such as Monster and Indeed, you should also consider on-campus resources available to you to narrow that search.

For instance, many colleges have campus-wide job boards as well as major and minor related job boards, or even job boards for the specific school you’re attending within your university. All you need to do is look into the boards you have access to and keep an eye on them throughout the year, as you’re bound to find something through it.

Talk to an Academic Counselor

Just as job boards help get you started with your job search, talking to an academic counselor or advisor is just as helpful, and so underutilized. Academic counselors are assigned to help you throughout your college career, and that extends to success outside of the university.

For this reason, academic counselors can actually help you find on-campus jobs that relate to your field of study and give you that oh-so-coveted experience so many employers want upon graduation. Make an appointment with your counselor and talk through your career plans, your academic schedule, and your preferred job, and let them assist you in finding the one that makes the most sense for you. They’re a resource you’ll certainly want to take advantage of.

Look at Your Housing

Lastly, but certainly not least, as you’re wandering around campus and looking around you for the right opportunity, don’t be afraid to look a little closer to home, literally. For apartment and house renters, the opportunities are likely pretty limited (if at all available), but for those living in a dorm room, the opportunities are present, they just need to be found.

While resident advisors are typically selected far before the academic year, other positions within residence halls exist, such as working the front desk, working in the mailroom, working in the dining halls, or even working in the on-site gym location. Regardless of what you’re looking for, you may be able to find it, right within your own walls. All you need to do is take the opportunity to look around and see what you can find.

While no one really wants to work, sometimes, it’s a necessity. Balancing school and work are challenging, but when it comes down to it, anything is possible, especially if you put in the effort. Work-study aside, there are countless part-time job opportunities on college campuses that you can take advantage of, it’s just a matter of picking the right one.

These helpful tips are a great starting point but don’t be afraid to follow your interests, or simply walk around campus and look for help wanted signs, the old-fashioned way. However you go about it, you’ll be glad you did in the end!

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