It's true. Student life is great. But its not cheap.
And neither are the holidays.
According to MoneySupermarket.com, students spend an average of £894 each month during their studies and receive an average of £2,094 each term from a student loan.
When you know that a term in the UK is anywhere between 10 to 14 weeks, you don't need to be an accountant to work out that the loan just isn't enough to cover a student's monthly expenses.
So, what's next?
No-one really wants to constantly be relying on the bank of mum and dad.
So, yes, there's no escaping it. If we want to live our best lives, we need to earn money. And a fair whack of it at that.
However, before you see yourself slaving away in your local restaurant, waiting on tables and pulling pints at the bar, read on to discover the following unusual holiday jobs for students.
After all, being a waiter isn't for everyone...
How about one of these alternatives?
1. Instagram Influencer
Instagram has over 800 million users. The result? A MASSIVE potential. However, standing out as an influencer isn't always easy.
Being an influencer means you'll need to find a niche and prove that your followers will notice your posts.
You don't necessarily need millions of followers but you do need an engaged audience to really make a difference.
The starting points include:
- High-quality photos
- Interesting captions
- Relevant hashtags
Check out a good example of an Instagram influencer here:
2. Water slide tester
As a water slide tester, you'll need to rate the slides on the 'biggest splash' and 'adrenaline factor'
This YouTube video outlines how a 22 year old student landed this 'dream job' after participating in a competition with First Choice
With travel and expenses paid, it truly does sound like the best job ever.
There is a bit of a serious side to the role though, as you'll need to consider the safety features as well as the fun factors.
Does this sound like the student job for you? Dive in.
3. Professional Cuddler
And when we say cuddle, we mean just a cuddle.
A professional cuddler is indeed paid to give out hugs to those that need one.
4. Stunt tester
Think of the insect-eating challenges in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
A stunt tester are those people that try those awful challenges out before the celebs. They'll eat the same insects as the celebs beforehand (and get paid a lot for it) to make sure the stunt is safe to air on TV.
A stunt tester, quite rightly, gets paid a lot for the role. But does, at the same time, put their health at risk.
5. Armpit sniffer
We completely understand if you can't bear the thought of this. Some students out there may not be too bothered though.
We know who you are...we've seen some student houses. Many of which we don't wish to return to.
Think empty beer cans on the window sill, overflowing bins, un-made beds, tomato sauce on the kitchen tiles, a stack of dishes...and the list goes on.
Armpit sniffers work for deodorant brands to make sure their formulas work. If you've got the nose for it, why not?
6. Pet food tester
Whiskas doesn't smell too bad, after all.
If you don't mind eating animal food, then this could be a weird and wonderful job for you.
7. Body part model
We've all seen those adverts with the close-up of hands, feet, arms and more. Mostly for skincare products, chocolate, perfumes and other luxury items.
If you'd be happy to be a model but don't have the image for the catwalk or magazine shoots, then why not flaunt your best bits as a body part model?
The money can be good, apparently.
8. Line stander
And last in the queue (sorry we couldn't resist!) is the line stander.
Yes,really. There are some people there with enough money to pay somebody to queue for them.
If you've got enough patience and want to earn some dough (simply by waiting for it), then the line stander job role would have to be the one for you.
Manage your wages with the Loot app
No matter what job you go for as a part-time student, the Loot app is a great way to manage your money.
Whether you are at home, in student halls or away travelling, the Loot app offers a simple and clear method of sorting your finances.