Campus Employment and Jobs

College is not cheap.  So it makes sense to do everything in your power to offset some of the costs of college, no matter how minimal.  Every little bit helps, but finding college student jobs isn’t always the easiest task.  However, there are a few ways to make some extra money on campus without sacrificing your study’s by working 40 hours a week.

If you’ve qualified and are participating in the Federal Work Study program, then you already know the advantages of having an on-campus job.  But Federal Work Study is different from having to find a job yourself on a college campus.  Federal Work Study wages go directly to tuition at your school, whereas finding a job yourself will allow you to do whatever you want with your earnings.  Many students just want a little extra spending cash for things like groceries, gas for their car, rent money or for just entertainment and recreational purposes.

College Student Employment Ideas

No matter what the reason is for your college student employment search, you can be sure that your college or university has something to offer you.  In addition to doing some leg work and inquiring around campus, here is a list of college student jobs that are very common at colleges and universities across the country…

  • Food Services
    Working in food service doesn’t sound like a very glamourous job, and it’s not, but there are definitely some advantages.  The first one being, convenience.  If you live in university housing or a campus dorm, then you probably have a meal plan and card to go eat at the food services center.  And the best part is that it’s probably located right in the same building where your room is.  This means virtually no travel time to work and you won’t have to hike through 2 feet of snow to get there in the dead of winter…provided that you attend college in that type of climate.One last advantage to college student jobs in food service is that these are usually readily available.  As stated before, this is not the most popular job for college student employment, but if you are really strapped for cash, look into the food services option.

  • College/University Jobs
    If food service is just too much to handle for you, look into other jobs on campus that are affiliated with the university or college you attend.  College Student jobs like being a cashier in the campus bookstore, processing or filing at the Admissions or Business office, or working in the campus copy shop are all good examples. 
    Also, your school may have a small bank branch or eatery located within any of the campus buildings. If you attend a larger institution, there are numerous eateries and snack shops around campus.  Applying for work at these places gives you a better option than having to settle for work in food services, and often have more flexible hours.

  • Become a Resident Advisor 
    Normally reserved for upper classmen, resident advisers have a very unique job description.  Also known as an “R.A.”, your job as a resident advisor will be to live on a specific dorm floor or university housing building that you’re assigned.  You’re job will be to monitor the activities of students that live on your floor or specific housing section.  You would also do little things like answer questions for those younger students (normally freshmen) and provide guidance and tips for life on a college campus.Be careful with R.A. jobs.  They are not for everyone!  Often times, the resident advisory is looked upon as an authority figure that will enforce rules, and college kids don’t like rules!  Resident Advisers are put in place not only to act as a resource for inexperienced students, but also to make sure the rules are being followed in university housing.  That often translates into long, sleepless nights on the weekends…but not always.  As with anything, do your homework before accepting an R.A. position.  Ask a current R.A. what the pros and cons are of their job.

  • Tutoring
    If you have a specific area of expertise, college student jobs in tutoring are a good option.  First off, hours can be extremely flexible depending on who you are working with.  Remember, that person is coming to YOU for help so they will have to work on YOUR terms and time schedule.  Also, depending on how desperate a student is, you can pretty much name your own hourly rate for tutoring.  Both of these aspects make tutoring an attractive option.

    The drawbacks are two-fold.  First, you have to be a relative expert in a specific subject area to be confident enough to tutor someone.  If you are good at math, accounting or calculus, then you shouldn’t have much problem finding a tutoree.  If your best subject in school is Physical Education or playing video games, you will have a problem finding someone to pay you for your services.
    Also, you may have to advertise your tutoring services yourself.  This can be kind of labor intensive and tedious, and can also be done wrong if no one is seeing your ad.  Inquire around campus to see where people are advertising and put up an ad there.

    Obviously, there are a number of other options for college student jobs around campus.  If you have a vehicle or are willing to walk a little further, there are many college student employment opportunities off-campus at banks, restaurants, fast food joints, shopping centers like Walmart or Target, and grocery stores.

If you have limited means of transportation, go to the university union or student services center and see if they have a job board.  Most colleges do, and it’s another great way to find openings for campus employment.  Keep your options open and you shouldn’t have a problem finding a job for some extra money!