Working on a Student Visa

As an independent organisation to the University, we are unlicensed to give any visa or immigration advice, including anything related to working in the UK. We have gathered information relating to working in the UK available from the University and Government websites and will include it, and links to further information, below.

Your Students' Union Advice Service is a free, independent and confidential service for all students.

You are allowed to work if your student visa or biometric ID card states:

  • Able to work as authorised by The Secretary of State;
  • Work (and any changes) must be authorised.

You are not allowed to work if your student visa or sticker states:

  • No work or recourse to public funds;
  • No work or engaging in business;
  • Restricted work term-time.

If you have been issued with this stamp and your course is longer than 6 months, you should challenge this remark and ask to speak with the Entry Clearance Manager, to try and get this removed, before coming to the UK.

If your student visa or sticker states: 'Able to work as authorised by The Secretary of State' or 'Work (and any changes) must be authorised' then you may work for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during university vacations.

You must not engage in business, self-employment or provide services as a professional sports person or entertainer.

You must not pursue a career by filling a permanent full-time vacancy.

It is very important that you follow the conditions attached to your student visa. The Home Office is very strict and any anomalies they discover when you apply for a visa extension (FLR(S)),will jeopardise your chances of extending your visa. If you are unsure whether or not you are entitled to work during your studies please contact the International Office.

Can I work more during holiday periods?

Your visa will outline if working more during holiday periods is an option for you. If it is, you can evidence your holiday periods by requesting a term-time letter from the engagement team. Visit an Info Point or email them at

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