Campus Jobs for College Students: Need and Excitement

Campus jobs for college students are a godsend, especially for those who are struggling to fund their education beyond financial aid. But students also seek campus jobs for other reasons other than out of necessity. Campus jobs may offer a sense of excitement or adventure for students who love to meet new people and participate in special services, including the student union.

In my sophomore and junior year in college, I remember working several jobs while living at the University of Milwaukee Campus. I found it very fascinating having a job while completing my college education at the same time.

Earning extra money to supplement my meager financial aid awards helped me to purchase addition resources, including a calculator for my Trigonometry class. I also bought a desk-size stereo set to that kept me amused on those lonely weekends dormitory hours.

Campus jobs offer several advantages and disadvantages


  • Paying for college
  • Meeting new people
  • Becoming popular
  • Making a difference


  • Distraction from studies
  • Could lead to exhaustion

While in college you must consider whether a campus job is a right choice. You may be excited and anxious about earning your own money outside of your parents providing an allowance. But if you believe that a campus job might distract from performing excellently in your major, you should reassess your choice.

Make your choice. There are several types of campus jobs:

  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Bookstore
  • Dormitory
  • School office
  • Financial aid office
  • Student union
  • Recreation room
  • Hospitality for special events
  • Security team

The list goes on. To qualify for some campus jobs, known as work-study jobs, a student must be receiving financial aid. The job is a part of the financial aid package.  Other jobs are not part of a financial aid package. Any student attending college with the appropriate qualifications can work such jobs and make extra income.

Fun Campus Jobs

Fun jobs nearly always involved recreation, meeting and serving fellow college students during extraordinary events, or operating theater equipment. Students enjoy these jobs because they provide an escape from all that intense studying, especially during mid-term or final exam time.

Application Process for Campus Jobs

Applying for a campus job is easy, especially if you are receiving financial aid. You are shown a list of work-study jobs and you get to choose where you desire to work unless most jobs have already been taken.

However, if you are a college student who just needs some extra income to make ends meet or if you just want to add an exciting job to your college experience, then many jobs across campus will most likely be posted on the student union job board.  Apply for these jobs as soon as they are available because they normally go fast.

The most important thing is to make the most out of your work experience. Enjoy performing your duties as much as you may be enjoying achieving excellence in your academic work. You will be making a difference for your university or college in more ways than one.