Work whilst you study

Taking on part time work whilst you study is a great way to earn some money during your time at university. It also allows you to develop some new transferable skills which will be very beneficial when you are looking to secure a graduate role or placement. 

Fortunately, studying at a university in a vibrant city like Leicester means that there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants always looking for students just like you to work on a part time basis, so there are lots of options for you to find something you’re interested in.

We’d recommend taking a look at sites such as Indeed and Highcross to see what vacancies are live. You could also keep an eye out in the local area for adverts on social media, noticeboards and in windows.

A big tip is to ensure that in your application you make it clear you are a full time student. You need to ensure that the company is aware of your commitments and that you are allowed to take time off during exam or holiday periods.

Did you know we also offer options right here on campus. This would be our first port of call when looking for a part time job, as your managers will understand that your studies need to come first and will have more flexibility with you.

There are a couple of options for working part time on campus.

Student Ambassadors

We recruit for Student Ambassadors twice a year. If you are passionate about the University of Leicester and want to share your experience with prospective students this could be a great option for you. You can join the team from the moment you start at the University, and so long as you continue to meet the requirements you will remain an ambassador for the duration of your time studying here if you want to. We do not accept applications from final years or Postgraduate students.

If you successfully become an ambassador, you can apply to a variety of jobs on Open Days, school visits, UCAS events days, campus tours and much more! You will have a requirement to work at least three shifts a term and can work up to 15 hours a week. On top of this there is opportunity for training in various areas of work such as working with young school children or public speaking in student life talks.

For more information, you can email at: studentopportunities@le.ac.uk


The University of Leicester is part of the Unitemps scheme, and it is very easy for you to sign up. Visit the Unitemps website and make an account.

Once you have an account, you’ll find a variety of jobs advertised throughout the year. These have a range of durations that could be for a day, a week, a month or even a year!

The best thing about this scheme is that you only put an application forward for the jobs that you are interested in and know you have time for around your classes and studies.

Just like other job sites, Unitemps lets you create a personal profile where you can add a cover letter and CV which can be updated for each job you apply to.

Providing both an hourly rate, and holiday pay, you can apply to jobs advertised in student living, departments on campus, and out in the city. Furthermore, as Unitemps is a nationwide scheme, you can choose to apply to jobs near your hometown during the holidays if you wanted to.

For more information, visit the office based on the first floor of the Percy Gee Building.


The Students' Union

The Students’ Union also offers plenty of part time opportunities. Jobs are advertised directly on the Students’ Unions website. As well as these roles, you can get involved in supporting the student community.

Lead Peer Mentors
Lead Peer Mentors represent your whole department, and is a more advanced Peer Mentor role. It is a paid opportunity in which you help organise other mentors, promote the scheme (particularly during recruitment periods) and help the Students’ Union organise events for the mentees.

Union Ambassadors
As a Union Ambassador, you will be helping the Students’ Union’s marketing team to promote events, be a representative on stalls, help with gathering data for Union surveys and being a helping hand during Fresher’s and election periods. It is a great role for anyone passionate about the Students’ Union.

There are also opportunities in other Union departments for temporary admin positions throughout the year, so keep an eye on the Students’ Union’s website for new vacancies.

Leicester Services Partnership

Leicester Services Partnership (LSP) is the University’s catering and retail operator delivering all catering, retail, and bars operations across the campus.

LSP always endeavour to provide a consistent customer service experience, inspirational spaces to eat, drink, relax, reflect, learn and socialise and offer something entirely new for their customers.

Offering roles across their operation, keep an eye on their website if you think you can provide excellent customer services. 


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