There is more than just applying
for a job.
The biggest advantage of working on campus is that the department you are working for or applying to is most likely willing to accommodate your work schedule around your class schedule. If you are living on residence, you may not require a car or any other means of transportation to commute to your workplace. Consider this: if you are making $10 per hour while working on campus and not commuting while your friend is making $13 per hour and commuting, chances are that you and your friend are both saving the same amount of money as the extra money earned by your friend is just spent on transportation costs. So why bother with the cost of working off campus, let alone the time spent during commute?

In Ontario colleges and universities, every student has to get work study approval in order to work on-campus. Work study applications are available in the career centre or financial aid office of your college or university.

When applying for on-campus jobs, make sure you attach a copy of your time table along with your résumé and a copy of your approved work study application. Submitting all these documents in advance will most likely help to process your job application faster rather than just submitting a résumé.

Students are only allowed to work for a maximum of 24 hours per week during their studies on-campus and on a full time basis during summer (May to Aug). Only students taking full time course load are eligible to work on-campus. International students are not required to fill out the work study form to work on-campus. Contact your career centre for more information on how to apply for on-campus jobs.

Make sure you have an updated copy of your résumé when applying for on-campus jobs. You can visit the career centre at your institution to have your résumé reviewed by a Résumé Tutor.

The biggest advantage of working off-campus is that you will get first-hand experience of real life work outside of your institution. This experience is different than working on campus in a sense that your employer may not appreciate the fact that you also have the burden of studies on top of your employment responsibilities and you will have to adapt accordingly. Your on-campus employer is most like to be flexible in scheduling and understanding your need to take a day off in case you have an upcoming major project, presentation or exam than an off-campus employer; however, not all employers are like this, so be sure to bring it up during an interview when discussing a new position.

If you have recently moved from another province in Ontario, working off-campus is your only choice until you have lived in Ontario for at least one year. If you are an international student, you are eligible to apply for a work permit after 6 months (2 semesters) of your education. After you receive your work permit, you are legally eligible to work off-campus.