If you’re heading to London to study in the UK as an international student, you probably have lots of questions about the lifestyle, the culture and (as most students do) the costs of living. Not to mention the ability to work in London.
London is an exciting city, with plenty to see and experience, so you’ll want to make sure you can fully take advantage of everything the city has to offer. A great way to ensure you can do this, is by looking for jobs in London that you can do whilst studying. The extra money you make from a job can go towards rent, bills, activities, fun, travel or exploration, and really help you make this city feel like home.
Can international students work in London?
If you’re looking to work during your international studies, but you’re unsure about whether this is legal, or what caps are placed on international students, then hopefully this article will give you the answers you need. If you have any questions, you can always drop our team an email.
Are there working restrictions for an international student in London?
The good news is, you are permitted to work. However, there are some working restrictions you’ll need to know about, that we’ve outlined below.
First of all, in order to qualify to work, you must be studying at a university or college that is listed the official UKVI Sponsor list and ‘recognised bodies’ list too. Most major academic universities in the UK are on these lists, but we always recommend double checking.
Secondly, the hours you can work are limited. If you’re an international student, who is studying on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, you are allowed to work during term time for a total of 20 hours a week. During your university’s registered holiday dates, this allowance increases to full time hours.
This is a handy guide to working restrictions in the UK for international students looking to work in London:
- If you are studying at degree level (or above) at a higher education institution (HEI): 20 hours per week permitted.
- If you are on a study abroad programme at an “overseas higher education institution” in the United Kingdom: 20 hours per week permitted.
- If you are studying a course that is below degree level at an HEI: 10 hours per week permitted.
- If you have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (Child) Student and you over 16 years old: 10 hours per week permitted.
Are there many jobs available for student to work in London?
Absolutely. London is a busy, metropolitan city and there are jobs in many industries that would suit international students looking for work. Many international students find that working during their studies is a great way to improve your english language skills, make friends and find many more exciting opportunities.
If you’re limited by 20 hours per week, we’d recommend looking for jobs in hospitality (restaurant, bar and cafe work), where you will likely work on 5 – 8 hour shifts. Retail work is another popular work choice for international students, especially if there are any brands and stores from your home country who are looking for staff in their central London establishments.