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August 8, 2019
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How to earn extra cash at UBC

If you have some flex time between classes, there are many ways to earn money as a UBC student.

University is a great time to explore your curiosities and interests while also getting paid for it! There is value in every experience, even if it's a short-term, part-time job.

UBC job resources and opportunities

Many places on campus hire student staff regularly—apply for school-year positions in August or summer jobs in May.

International Students: You can work on campus if you have the right conditions on your study permit. If you're unsure of your eligibility, visit the Working in Canada page to learn more.


Browse the #1 job board for UBC students and alumni for on- or off-campus positions. You can also sign up for employer info sessions or workshops like interview preparation or career advising.

Centre for Accessibility

You can get paid for taking good notes and sending them to a classmate with a disability. At the start of term, notetakers are recruited via class email for certain courses. As a student assistant, you can also help a student with a disability navigate certain tasks, like getting around campus.

Alma Mater Society (AMS)

Many positions, generally based in the AMS Nest, are available year-round, including kitchen helpers and event coordinators.

UBC Food Services

If you like food or eating, consider working in UBC restaurants, cafés, and eateries. Hourly rates start at $13.15.

UBC Recreation

Get hired as a coach, sports instructor, lifeguard, front desk clerk, or event staff. 

Work Learn

Develop valuable experience by working 10 hours/week during the school year, or 20 hours/week in summer. Work hours are flexible and can be completed between classes. Hourly rates start at $16. Apply early, as positions can be highly competitive.

Unique ways to earn cash

Don’t have enough time to get a part-time job? There are other ways to make money on campus.

Be a research participant

Get cash or gift cards by participating in an on-campus research study. A session is typically an hour, great if you have long breaks between classes.

Sell your textbooks

Instead of hoarding textbooks you may never read again, consider selling them:

  • UBC Bookstore Buyback
    When a term ends, the Bookstore buys used books. Enter the ISBN number online to check the resale price, and look for “Buyback” stations at the Bookstore.
  • Discount Textbooks
    You can also visit the Discount Textbooks location in UBC Village to sell your books.
  • UBC Textbook Exchange Facebook group
    You may get more of your money’s worth by selling your books directly to other UBC students.

Whether it’s a one-off opportunity or a part-time job, try something new or explore your interests while getting that extra dollar!