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Earn While You Learn: Best Jobs/Side Hustles For UIUC College Students

Posted September 26, 2022
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College can be a challenging time on everyone’s wallets. It’s one thing to pay for tuition and books, but what about beer?! College students are some of the most likely to take part-time and side hustles to help fund their college experiences without calling mom and dad and asking for an allowance. 

Earning your own money as a student provides an epic sense of independence and can even lead to students discovering new things they like and are good at. But what kind of side jobs are out there, and how do you find them? Check out our list below for the best side hustles for college students that you can start today. 


While this might be the last thing on your mind, taking care of children is one of the most lucrative and flexible jobs a college student can do. When you find the right family, you will love going to work every day. Working with people and children can be a super fun job providing valuable experiences and connections. Remember all the professors living off campus who need someone to watch their kids! Check out sites like and your local Facebook pages to search for the right family for you. 

Doordash or Grocery Delivery 

An easy job that doesn’t take a lot of time to search or apply for is delivering for DoorDash or a grocery delivery app like Shipt or Instacart. There are loads of apps you can sign up to deliver for, including DoorDash, UberEats, PostMates, GrubHub, and more. Especially if you go to school in a bigger town with lots of places to eat, these apps will be your best friend. The ultimate job for a college student because you only do it when you have time! And you can decide at the drop of a hat if you want to deliver food or groceries that day or not. Do some research because, according to – “ it doesn’t stop there! People also pay to have things, such as documents, groceries, and clothes, conveniently delivered to them”. 

Drive for Uber or Lyft 

Similar to delivering food and groceries, driving for Uber or Lyft can be especially lucrative these days. It might take some sacrifice to drive on the busy days (Friday and Saturday nights), but if you are saving up for a trip, some books, or even just some spending money, giving up a few weekends and weeknights a year to stack some cash in your account could be worth it. Especially if your campus is far from the local bars, people out drinking all night will appreciate the ride home, especially in the colder months! All you need is a car, and you’re ready to go. 

Pet sitting and walking

If you’re comfortable around animals, and especially if you like them, dog walking and pet sitting could be the perfect side hustle. College students love to learn about their emotional support animals, and plenty of students have puppies and kitties in their homes. But what happens when people are in a class? Or when professors have to teach their classes? You can sign up for a few websites like, Wag, or Fetch. Check them out and see if it lines up with your schedule.


A side hustle that many college students pass up is tutoring. You may be thinking, why would I tutor when I’m in classes all week learning? The biggest advantages of tutoring are the money and the ability to hone skills and get smarter as you work. See if your college has a tutoring center and check if any of your knowledge and skills transfer to their students’ requirements. says that “Tutoring can be a rewarding part-time gig for college students as you set out to help people succeed academically. You can commit to in-person sessions or conduct them online — plus, you can set your own hours and have potential clients worldwide. “

Donate Plasma 

While not the most glamorous job, donating plasma is sometimes the right of poor college students. They will lure you in with big bucks for a quick procedure, and if you aren’t scared of needles, this could be the perfect, effortless job for you. Most places run specials if you come in often and if you recruit people to come as well. As a very safe procedure, you can give it every 48 hours and can expect between $30-$50 every time you go. 

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