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Need a dollar? Apply for a scholarship.

Are you starting to panic after realising just how much of a hit your bank balance has taken over this summer? Boy, those nights out on the town, and your new years away really have added up…
And you still need to pay for university fees, books, and a parking permit! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Just chill out my friend, you can always apply for scholarships as a financial supplement.  Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of different factors including: ethnicity, academic achievement, sporting excellence, disabilities and financial hardship.

Where to look:

Tip: Get onto scholarships quickly so you don’t miss out!

Need some cash ASAP?

University Bookshop
University Bookshop

Selling old university text books is a great way to make easy cash quickly. At the end of the year I always collect up all the text books that I no longer need and make a pile to sell. To make sure that you are getting a reasonable amount back, write down the amount that you paid, and go from there, For example, if I bought a text book for $80 I might start out trying to sell it for $60, then lower the price from there.

Here are some places that you could sell your text books:

  1. Trade Me: Then you can put them under a buy-now, or as an auction and watch the price climb up (hopefully) from your reserve.
  2. Facebook: There are multiple pages you can use to sell your text books through Facebook. The advantage of this is that you will be targeting other university students, and it will be easy to arrange a pick-up.  As a starting point you could try advertising your books on the UC Textbooks Buy Sell and Trade  or the Textbook Exchange. 
  3. UCPsyc Second Hand Book Sale: UCPsyc usually holds a book sale at the start of each Semester. This is great if you haven’t been able to sell the books over the break, but need some cash. This is also one of the best places to look for the text books you need, on the cheap! Look out for UCPsyc’s stall at Clubs Day to find out when their book sale is this year!
  4. The University Bookshop (UBS): The bookshop will have a list of the books that they are accepting, and they may be able to sell one on your behalf. You can also buy secondhand books here too!

Work at UC while you study

Student Jobs @ UC
Student Jobs @ UC

I have always seen UC as a great place to study, socialise and work and I’ve been highly fortunate to enjoy the best of all these.

All through the year, different departments at the University  of Canterbury advertise frequently with various positions that are aimed specifically for students.

Working while you study can be highly challenging but at the same time extremely rewarding and working on campus while you study just makes it easier.

Working for a university (and more so for UC) looks good on your CV and teaches you valuable and transferable skills. All the supervisors are extremely patient and accommodating of your work schedule as they fully understand that university is your priority.

The best way to keep an eye out for jobs on campus is UC CareerHub; select “StudentJobs@UC” from the drop down menu under “Type of work”. You should log in using your UC student username and password.

Occasionally, student jobs at UC are posted on the Student Job Search website, but your best bet is to follow CareerHub.

So if you’re keen,  get yourself some valuable skills and build some lasting internal connections.