You can make money from your uni campus - here's how

April 06, 2016
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The year's really ramping up, the first half of semester is over, and your savings are starting to feel the burn of #CampusLyf. It's time to scrounge up some cash, and robbing banks isn't an option. Hopefully these handy hints will get you out of the red, and may even allow you to buy an extra packet of ramen this weekend.

Abuse your talents

You’ve got a marketable skill, but you haven't been taking advantage of it. Here's your chance. Whether you can play guitar, sing, perform magic tricks or juggle fire, there's always an opportunity to busk. Your campus may have designated busking spots or periods where you'll be able to entertain passing students who can toss a couple of bucks your way, depending on how good you are. Alternatively, you can try tutoring. Tutoring has an advantage, because if you make a mistake you won't embarrass yourself publicly or singe off your eyebrows. The fees for this activity are dictated by you, and you get to tutor in any field you're good at -- provided there's a demand for it.

Exercise your right to be a guinea pig

This is an easy one. If your uni has a decent science department, then chances are the psych faculty will have flyers circulating for willing students to donate their time in exchange for payment. Usually only requiring a couple of hours of your time and a few surveys, often you can net a few hundred bucks depending on the length of the study and how much participation is required. Make sure to keep an ear out for trials at your uni.

Score a job on campus

Getting an on-campus job is like majoring in Medieval Greek literature and finding, well, a job: you're competing against everyone living on res, students who want to knock over work and study in the same place, and regular jobseekers looking for casual or part-time work. It's a tough market, but if you get that job and they're flexible with your hours, then you're probably set for the duration of your degree. There are alternatives, however, like working as an on-campus rep for a company or organising a car wash. It's really a matter of initiative and cost-to-benefit ratios.

Use your brain

Time to put to use what you're at uni for: your brain. Everyone has to take notes at some point, so you may as well see if you can sell yours when you're done with them. Websites like StudentVip, Nexus Notes and NoteXchange all give you a platform to buy and sell notes to students who need them.

You should also apply for any scholarships and grants that are relevant to you. There's no need to fork out $32,000 for a degree if someone will let you do it cheaper or for free. Your institution or other external programs will have scholarship opportunities you can apply for, so don't leave it too late.

Take advantage of res

Living at college is one of the best decisions you'll make, but it also means a huge step-up in costs from living at home. Here's the good bit: you're going to meet lots of people and make loads of new friends, and for those scrounging for cash, that's an opportunity.

Be a designated driver for your res fam. Sure, you don't get to have as much fun, but who are you kidding -- drinking is expensive. Desos can charge as much or as little as they want, and you can even drive more than one group around to increase your revenue. Plus, you get all those happy feels from not letting your friends do anything too risky.

Another tip for res students is to wait around at the end of the year for people who are moving out to scalp their old goods. Taking a mini fridge and turning a profit with next year's intake is a bonus.

The golden book opportunity

Don’t forget to sell your old textbooks once you're done with them. Do it as soon as you can, because there's every chance they’ll be replaced with new editions or scrapped from courses for being outdated (I’m looking at you, geology).

Textbooks will pimp slap your bank account with no mercy, so after you finish up with your unit, pass that financial burden on to someone else by selling your books. Websites such as StudentVip and eBay are excellent places for selling your textbooks.

Harrison Johnstone

A country kid at heart with city slicking aspirations in his head, Harrison is an aspiring journalist, video editor and human being.