Part-time and casual work


International students find working part time a great way to increase their work experiences and understand British culture and there are many part time jobs in Exeter that particularly suit international students. There are a few conditions depending on where you are from regarding UK employment; but all students who are not from the UK will usually need to get a National Insurance Number when gaining paid employment in the UK. See below for further information on National Insurance Numbers.

EU Students: Most European Economic Area/Swiss nationals do not need to ask for permission from UK Visas and Immigration to work in the UK but will need to apply for a National Insurance Number.

Croatian students: If you are a Croatian national studying in the UK, you will need to obtain authorisation to work in the UK.  Further advice can be found on the UKVI web pages.

International students: Please visit Working in the UK for further details and an overview of the difference between unpaid employment (voluntary work) and volunteering as explained in the Tier 4 policy guidance.  


If you require any support when looking for employment please ask for a job advice appointment. These are offered daily in the career zone and give you fifteen minutes, one to one support. You can book as many of these as you need.

We also offer webinars on finding part time employment as an international student, you can search for these in MyCareerZone under events.

If you take up volunteering, please read through the guidelines to make sure these hours do not add to your weekly limit as shown on your VISA.

We offer free use of our telephones for contacting the National Insurance Number helpline. Please enquire at the main Career Zone reception..

You can contact us at if you are unable to book an appointment. This service is for students studying at the University of Exeter only.

National Insurance Numbers

A National Insurance Number (NINO) is a number unique to you to help your employer pay your National Insurance contributions; no one else can use this number. National Insurance Numbers are free, please do not pay an online service to generate a number for you.

You do not need a National Insurance number to start work but you will need to get one when you get a job.  Download our guide: How to get a National Insurance Number 

When you get your job you need to call the National Insurance Number Application line: 0800 141 2075 and you need to know your 

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Postcode
  • Date you arrived in the UK
  • Confirm whether you are currently employed or not

Also it is important that you have your passport and visa information to hand you will not be able to proceed without them. Depending on your nationality and where your visa was issued you may be asked to attend an interview. If your visa was issued or has been renewed in the UK, you will be asked to attend an interview to show you have the right to work in the UK.   This appointment will be in Plymouth or Taunton, Plymouth is easier to get to - we recommend you book an appointment in the afternoon as trains cost more in the morning. 

It might take 16 weeks to get your permanent National Insurance Number but you can start work before your National Insurance number arrives if you can prove you can work in the UK. You should tell your employer that you’ve applied for one, and give it to them when you have it.