Look Local

Part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities

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The Careers Centre can help you find part-time work and volunteering opportunities in St Andrews and surrounding areas that will fit alongside your studies.

You'll find Look Local on CareerConnect.

We collect vacancies from a wide range of local employers, such as shops, cafes, the University, charities, and members of the community. This means that opportunities are varied, including tutoring, waiting tables, IT assistance, fundraising for charities, and even dog walking!

When looking for part-time work, familiarise yourself with the guidelines surrounding the National Minimum Wage and carefully consider how much time you can spare. We recommend working a maximum of 15 – 20 hours per week during term-time, so that you don’t risk falling behind in your studies.

Due to the current circumstances, local demand for workers and volunteers may be lower than usual.


Stay up-to-date

Look Local opportunities are advertised on a rolling-basis throughout the year, depending on local demand. Check CareerConnect regularly to see what's new.‌

  • Searching on CareerConnect: Start by clicking the ‘Search’ tab at the top of the page and select ‘Vacancies’. On the left-hand side of the screen you will see a range of filters. Under ‘Vacancy Type’, select ‘Look Local’. Click on a vacancy to see more information and how to apply.
  • Sign up for email alerts: In your CareerConnect profile, you can update your email preferences and choose how often you would like to receive them. Under 'Email preferences', and then the heading 'Refine what you see and receive', select the ‘Look Local’ option.

Look Local opportunities are extremely popular. They are likely to be withdrawn from the system before closing if the local employer receives many applications. It is therefore best to apply early when you see a vacancy that interests you.

National Insurance numbers

Everyone who works in the UK (including international students) must have a National Insurance number. These are issued by the UK government, and are needed for your employer to pay your wages. Read our page on National Insurance numbers and Income Tax for further details.

International students

Student visa: international students on a visa who are sponsored by a higher education institution (HEI) to study a full-time course can work during their studies, for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Always follow the instructions on your visa or biometrics card.

Good resources for international students:

If you have any questions about your right to work in the UK, contact the Advice and Support Centre (the ASC) at theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Look Local approved

Look Local Approved employers earn our stamp of approval if they commit to:Look Local seal of approval


  • Pay at least the National Minimum Wage, and only recruit volunteers if they are a registered charity or non-profit organisation.
  • At all times, observe a culture of tolerance, respect, kindness and courtesy to all.
  • Follow and contribute to best practice in the pursuit of greater equality and diversity.


The Careers Centre displays opportunities in good faith. While we do our best to vet vacancies before they are displayed, it is the responsibility of the job seeker to check the validity of the opportunity and the employer before taking up work.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes relate to the knowledge, skills, and capabilities the University of St Andrews seeks to give all students the opportunity to develop throughout their time at St Andrews.

Students will be encouraged to log curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, self-reflect, and link each activity to the attributes that have been developed as a result.

Further details on Graduate Attributes