Working whilst studying

Most students are able to undertake a small amount of part-time employment during term time to offset day to day expenses (subject to visa requirements).

Finding a job

We can help support you find work through our Employability and Careers team as well as the Unitemps employment agency.

Student ambassadors

We also run a Student Ambassador Scheme, which offers you opportunities for flexible work on campus and around the local community. Ambassadors work in varied roles and at numerous events including open days, campus tours, off ice admin, digital media, marketing, school visits and higher education fairs. Applications for our roles open each September. If you have any enquiries about the scheme, please contact our Student Ambassador team.

International students

As an international student there are restrictions on the number of hours you are allowed to work, as outlined by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA):


If you have not worked before and wish to build up experience, ask our Employability and Careers service about volunteering.

The University of Surrey Students' Union also offers several volunteering opportunities including both internally and also externally, working within the local community.