9 unusual ways to make money for students

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Here are nine unusual ways to a cash injection as a student that you probably didn't even know existed.

And some might say there's a reason for that...

Most know about how to make money from surveys and the like, but here are some quite different methods of boosting your bank balance.

Sell holiday snaps

You can turn your holiday snaps (or photos in general) into cash via Stock Image websites. They'll need to be high quality and appealing - so that SnapChat selfie is out - but even if you're only okay with a camera you can make some money from websites like fotolia.

Become an 'underage' shopper

18 or 19 year olds can become secret 'underage' shoppers to test shop's ID asking protocols. Company Serve Legal pays teens to buy age-restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco from bars and supermarkets, and to test if they are asked for ID when placing bets and buying lottery tickets.

Pose as a life model

If you're comfortable enough you can earn some good money by posing as a nude life model, although it's harder than it looks.

Enter a talent show

So it may not be super easy - but entering a TV talent show like Britain's Got Talent or The Voice UK can get you loads of money, even if you don't win.

Sell your body

No, we don't mean like that. Everyone from big pharmaceutical companies to your fellow students will likely be willing to pay for your time and your body.

Drug testing can earn you literally thousands of pounds, but of course is highly risky. Fortunately there are more reasonable options where you know, you might not actually die. Check out notice boards at Uni for other students - generally those writing their dissertations or PhDs - who may want to experiment with you (SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING).

Obviously be sure to read exactly what it is expected of you before you agree, but you may be able to bag £20 or so for half an hour's work.

Sell your hair

Girls, make cash from your locks by selling your HAIR to wig makers, with companies offering up to £200 for 19 inches.

Become a tour guide

If you're up to the challenge, you can offer tours of your city to tourists for cash. Find out more on vayable.com.

Sell your face

Some might not believe the bare-faced cheek (GEDDIT?) of the idea, but it has worked. Back in 2012, ex Cambridge students Ed Moyse and Ross Harper paid off their University debts by selling advertising space on their own faces; painting company logos on their cheeks and foreheads.

Read more: > How to make money by selling your FACE

Rent your friendship

Yup, you can rent your friendship. The website RentAFriend.com does exactly what it says in the URL and allows you to sell your time as a pal, purely platonically.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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