Since June 1999, the UK laws governing the employment of overseas students have been relaxed. However it is often difficult to find work and it is also forbidden for an overseas student to be reliant on the income from a job to support them in the UK.
Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) are subject to different regulations than those from outside the EEA. EEA students may take employment or set up business in the UK without restriction, although they will still need to have sufficient resources to avoid becoming a burden on the UK social assistance system.
Non-EEA students may work for a maximum of ten hours per week during term-time. They may not set up a business or work as a professional entertainer or sportsperson, or fill a permanent vacancy. There are no restrictions on the number of hours worked during vacations. Different rules apply to Bulgarian and Romanian nationals.
Please visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk for more information.
Non-EEA students with visitor visas are NOT permitted to work under any circumstances.