Finding a part-time job on campus

students shopping at the waterloo store
Written by Sajni (she/her), student

Looking to make some quick cash but want to avoid commuting between classes and work? Want to connect with other great people? Then a part-time job on campus sounds like the perfect fit for you!

Not only is working on campus convenient, but campus employers recognize the priorities of students and will always be accommodating of your class schedule. Plus, part-time jobs allow you to meet some awesome people, both students and staff!

Work-study program

You can earn up to $2,000 per term, and the best part is that all the available jobs are located right on campus!

Work-study is a program offered by the University for full-time students with financial need. You can earn up to $2000 per term, and the best part is that all the available jobs are located right on campus! Jobs can be posted in a variety of departments, ranging from Athletics, Drama, to Communication Studies, and even our on-campus optometry clinic.  

On-campus student services

From the dozens of student services on campus, there are usually tons of short-term and long-term jobs that are specifically for students. Whether it’s working at the library circulation desk, as a referee for intramural sports, or in a customer service position at the W Store, you’ll be surrounded by other amazing staff while helping to better the student experience on campus.

Residence life

Dons, Community Leaders, Front Desk Assistants and Peer Leaders are some of the many roles students can work as in Waterloo Residences after first year. Planning on living in residence? You can even get paid to show campus visitors your residence room!

I was a residence don in my last year, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had to date. I made lasting friendships with other staff while being able to support a community of wonderful first-year students.

Sajni and a friend at a Residence Life conference.

Sajni and her fellow dons.


Residence life has provided me with endless opportunities, such as presenting at a Residence Life Conference at Brock University. It was a great weekend with amazing company!

Student Ambassador

I worked as a Student Ambassador from my second year to graduation and I can truly say it’s been one of the best roles I’ve had on campus. Student Ambassadors represent the university and get to share their personal experiences with visitors from around the world. There’s nothing better than getting paid to tell people why you love being a student here!

Sajni and her fellow Student Ambassadors.

No matter how stressful school became, I could always look forward to going to work as a Student Ambassador because of the amazing team of people I got to work with!

Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)

Waterloo's student association offers a range of jobs and volunteer opportunities. Hours are flexible and you get paid to help other students!

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