Guest blogger Produced by

Martina Gardeva (Bulgaria)

I am Martina Gardeva from Bulgaria studying MSc Tourism Management and Marketing. I am currently working as Student Ambassador for BU and I know what it is like to be searching for a part-time job as an international student. Here are some hints on how to successfully work part-time as student in Bournemouth:

Work is not everything

Part-time work is an ideal way to find a balance between personal and professional obligations. Bear in mind you will also need time to rest, study, exercise, practice sports and other activities. You can work more hours on the weekends and during holidays.


For EU nationals there are no restrictions for working hours at the moment, however, for Tier 4 Student Visa holders, the limit is 20 hours per week (15 if you work for BU). Also, once you arrive in the UK you need to open a bank account and apply for a National Insurance Number, so you can be paid. 

Future benefits

Most young people prefer to work to save money for something. It is good to know that besides money, work will develop you as a person and help you acquire new skills and knowledge. All that will help you in the future, when you graduate and start building a career.

 Popular places to search

The easiest way to find part-time work is by going to different places and asking on the spot. Some of the places which often want part-time workers are stores, supermarkets, hotels, cafés and restaurants. You can even consider working at the university, as the schedules are flexible and you will always be on time for your classes. Check AskBU, the Student Ambassadors Scheme, library support or any of the cafeterias on Talbot Campus. Another option would be going to recruitment agencies and finding work as catering staff.

Be proactive

In the event that you can’t find any job openings and you are told they are not currently looking for staff, don’t forget to ask if they might need a person in the near future and leave your phone number or CV with the manager. Leaving a CV instead of a telephone number is a good move, because you will show that although you are still a student, you are a serious, proactive person and have a serious interest in the job.

Even if you do not easily find a part-time job, do not rush to give up! You may just have hit a time where nobody is recruiting. It is important not to admit defeat and continue the search. You will find the effort you put into it worthwhile once you start working and earning some money!

By Martina Gardeva, Bulgaria, MSc Tourism Management and Marketing, 2017/18