What are the best part-time jobs for international students in Australia?

Moving to another country to study can be challenging. Adapting to new surroundings takes time, while keeping up with the workload can be tough when you’re still trying to find your feet. 

Once you’re settled, it’s probably time to start looking for a job. This will allow you to offset the cost of your education, cover your living expenses and give you some money to spend on leisure. 

Here are three areas worth investigating if you want to land a job you can balance with university. 

Retail trade 

Due to its shift-based nature, retail jobs are extremely popular with university students. Whilst you will need a core knowledge of the products you are selling, working in retail isn’t a job you have to take home with you, allowing students to freshen up away from the classroom.  

With nearly 50 per cent of retail staff in Australia working part-time and a third aged between 15-24, international students are the perfect demographic. 

Accommodation and food services

Like retail, accommodation and food services roles tend to be split into any assortment of morning, afternoon and evening shifts. This is a versatile industry, with opportunities ranging from pouring drinks in a bar or night club and waiting tables in a restaurant to washing dishes or greeting customers at a pub. 

Foreign students also fit the bill for this line of work, as evidenced by 60 per cent of the workforce operating on a part-time basis and nearly half of employees falling under the ‘young’ category. 


This is an option usually reserved for students whose schedules allow them whole days off during the working week. Builders, electricians and plumbers often require labourers to fulfil non-specialist tasks like cleaning up the worksite, so if you ask around, you just might find yourself a day or two’s work. 

Construction employs over a million people in Australia, roughly nine per cent of the nation’s workforce, which includes 170,000 between 15 and 24 years old.  

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