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July 18, 2023
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How to earn extra cash at UBC

There are many ways to earn money as a UBC student.

Explore UBC jobs

University is a great time to explore your curiosities and interests while also getting paid for it! There are many ways to take advantage of the diverse opportunities UBC has to offer during your degree.

International Students: You can work at UBC if you meet the conditions to work in Canada.

Work Learn program

UBC offers part-time student jobs—10 hours/week for the Winter term (Sep to Apr), 20 hours/week for the Summer one (May to Aug)—where you can develop your professional skills and expand your network while taking courses. These positions offer flexible work hours that fit your timetable.

Hourly rates begin at $16.75, and applications open in August for Winter term positions.

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Careers Online

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 on interview preparation and career advising.

Browse student jobs

Centre for Accessibility

As a student assistant, you can get paid for taking good notes and providing them to a classmate with a disability. You can also help a student with a disability navigate tasks like getting around campus.

Become a Student Assistant

Alma Mater Society (AMS)

Many positions, generally based in the AMS Nest, are available year-round. Find work in customer service, food prep, administration, events, and more.

Browse Openings

Food Services

If you like food or customer service, consider working in UBC restaurants, cafés, and eateries.

Join their team

UBC Athletics & Recreation

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

Find Opportunities

The UBC Community

The UBC campus is a bustling place with lots of businesses looking for part-time or seasonal help. Check out the businesses in Wesbrook Village or along University Boulevard for hiring opportunities. Employers include:

  • Save-on-Foods
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Starbucks
  • BierCraft
  • Browns Crafthouse
  • Rain or Shine Ice Cream
  • Royal Bank of Canada

Unique ways to make money on campus

Be a research participant

Get cash or gift cards by participating in UBC research studies. A session is typically an hour—which is great if you have long breaks between classes. Some studies are being offered online during this time.

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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. Check the resale price on the Bookstore's Buyback page and look for “Buyback” stations when you visit the Bookstore in person.

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!