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    Does anyone know a lot about how much opportunity there is for part-time work in Durham, or how many hours they'd recommend working without it affecting uni work/social life? I'd like to be able to get a part-time job while I'm there, but I'm worried about the availability given economic climate plus it being a relatively small city.
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    (Original post by UnaChance)
    Does anyone know a lot about how much opportunity there is for part-time work in Durham, or how many hours they'd recommend working without it affecting uni work/social life? I'd like to be able to get a part-time job while I'm there, but I'm worried about the availability given economic climate plus it being a relatively small city.
    There are lots of jobs in colleges - bar work, in the college libraries, etc. The debating union bar (24s) also has bar jobs, and I guess the student union does too. It's definitely best to get a job with a college/society if you can, as they'll be understanding of your work, and much more flexible than a supermarket/restaurant/club job.

    There are jobs in the shops and restaurants too though - I've seen about 5 adverts for part-time workers in shops this week, but often up to 14 hours a week which I'd think would be too much. Obviously it depends on how much sport/societies/other activities you do, but you definitely shouldn't compromise your involvement in college societies/sport/etc for a job, if you really need money then use your overdraft and contact your college tutor for advice about the access to learning fund, etc.

    One or 2 nights a week of bar work should be ok, providing they're not too long shifts (about 5 hours a shift, rather than 7pm - 3am or anything). You probably couldn't do that doing your first month, but that's usually when interviews take place so it should be ok.

    If you want a job in a shop or restaurant, it's definitely best to come up a few days before term and walk around handing out CVs. You may find lots of the jobs have gone to 2nd/3rd years who arrived at the start of September, but more jobs seem to come up throughout the year.
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    I know someone who is a first year at Durham, and he works in the Metrocentre (a large shopping centre near Newcastle) at a McDonalds...so it is quite possible to get jobs that are further afield, but obviously it's not ideal and travel would be quite expensive as you'd have to probably get the train.
 
 
 
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