Working in the UK

You may wish to take on part-time work to meet new friends and earn extra money while you are studying in the UK.

However, as an international or EU student there are some important rules and regulations to be aware of.  



Working in the UK

Most international students on courses of more than six months are given Tier 4 visas that allow them to work part-time. This means:

  • up to 20 hours work a week during term time
  • full-time work during your vacation periods*

*Recognised vacation periods are different depending on the course you are studying. Postgraduate students should check with an immigration adviser before undertaking full-time work.

Please note if you are studying a course below UK degree level, such as a Foundation Course or an English Language course at CELE, you are only allowed to work 10 hours per week.

Please be aware that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to rely upon expected income from part–time work in order to demonstrate how you will afford to live and study in the UK. 
For further information on working please see:

Students holding short-term study visas are not able to work in the UK.

EU students working in the UK

EU students and staff do not currently require a visa to work in the UK. We advise all eligible students to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, to retain your immigration permissions after the UK's exit from the EU.

If you are applying to study with us in 2021 or later, you may require a student visa during your studies and you would then be eligible for the new graduate immigration route to remain in the UK after your course.

All relevant updates for future students and current students will be found on the Brexit information pages.

Working after your studies

In some cases, students can stay in the UK after completing a degree course and take on paid employment.

Further information is available in:

The UK is launching a new 'graduate immigration route' in 2021 – also known as the 'post-study work visa'. This will allow graduating internationl students to work in the UK for up to two years after their degree course.

Find out more


Further Support

Several departments within the University can help you find a job during and after your studies:

Visa and Immigration Team

Cherry Tree Lodge
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK

+44 (0)115 84 66125