10 Student Jobs in Cape Town (2019)

If you are looking for student jobs in Cape Town that you can get into today, look no further than this article. The student life is great but things can get tight at times But for many, pocket money might not be enough. Fortunately there are some ways to make an extra bit of cash to fund some of your needs that the allowance does not cover.

Some of these jobs are location independent, meaning that you can do them from anywhere. All you need are some equipment and an internet connection.

Student Jobs In Cape Town


With online surveys you will get paid to give your opinion. There are a bunch of companies that you can apply to get into online surveys. They best that we have experienced so far is Clixsense. They offer the most number of ways to get paid and they have a generous referral program where you can get up to 30% of the earnings of the people that you refer. You can sign up for clixsense on their website.

To sign up to Clixsense you will have to create a Payoneer account to receive your money in. The Payoneer account is completely free and you can sign up for it on the official Payoneer website.

For other recommendations of online survey sites that take people from South Africa, check out our list of 5 Best Online Survey Sites In South Africa

The great thing about online surveys is that you are guaranteed to get in. All you have to do is apply and you can start earning immediately. Each survey pays around R15 and you can get up to 3 or 4 surveys a day.


Promotions is a job that is well-suited for students. Your job is to promote products to customers like you see in store. I have worked a couple of promotions jobs in my time and they always paid a decent amount for what was often just standing in a store for a few hours. You can get around R50 per hour for the lesser paying ones and if you get in with a good company, they can pay you as much as R200 per hour.

To get into promotions you have to be presentable and enthusiastic about interacting with people. You can check for local promotions companies in your area. One of the more prominent promotions companies around is Creative Counsel so you can give them a call if you are interested in becoming a promoter.


Transcription is the converting of media such as audio and video to written form. To be a transcriber, you have to be fluent in English and have a good hearing ability. It will also help to be able to type at a reasonably fast speed because that will allow you to get more work done quicker and to make more money per hours as a result. We have compiled a list of transcription companies that you can apply to. The easiest of them to get into is Scribie. Some like Rev.com pay a decent amount more than the rest but also have stricter standards.

Academic Writing

Academic writing platforms are platforms where you can do academic assignments for money. To be able to work on these academic platforms, you must have academic knowledge of at least 3rd year. You can apply after you have completed your degree or even if you are in the process. Some of these platforms can be hard to get into but if you exhibit high academic ability then you should be fine.

Tutoring Online

Tutoring English students online is one of the better jobs that you can get online. The work is fairly easy to do and it pays very well. On the sites that we recommend, all you have to do is speak English with students from around the world who are looking for someone to practice speaking English with. To qualify for this job, you have to have a neutral English accent and be social and upbeat as the job is to make the student to be comfortable and carry on a good conversation. You will also need a laptop or computer, a broadband internet connection and a presentable environment with good lighting to make for the best experience.

There are South African companies like Pangea Outsourcing services and Callforce Direct, that provide such a service but their rates are pretty low at between R25 and R50 an hour. International companies like Cambly pay a much better rate at $7 which amounts to between R90 and R100 per hour depending on the exchange rate.

Tutoring Offline

Tutoring offline is one of the more commonly known student jobs in cape town. If you have a good academic record, there are opportunities in tutoring primary school and high school students.  Agencies that work with tutors usually require you to have an average of at least 70% in the subjects that you want to teach.  You will also need to have your own car and be good with people if you are interested in being a tutor, you can apply to websites like Mastermaths or SA Tutors.

Uber Driver

Being an Uber driver is a good working opportunity for student. To be an Uber driver you need to have a 4 door vehicle with a license and insurance. You also have to be 21 years old and be friendly. You don’t necessarily need a car to drive for Uber. Some Uber partners are people who have a car and hire other people to drive for them. The work is quite convenient and is a good option if you have a lot of free time like most students do.


Waiting tables is one of the long time go-to jobs for students. There are restaurants everywhere and all you have to do is approach as many as you can near you and you will eventually get one. The requirements are usually that you speak English fluently, are friendly and professional and that you be able to work flexible hours.


There are platforms that compile lists of errand or piece jobs specifically for students. These are once-off jobs that you can do, sometimes that require a special skill. You can look for such jobs on a platform like Rent-A-Student which lists jobs from all around South Africa.

Part-Time Blogging

There has been quite a boom in the demand for bloggers and writers. You can blog as a freelance writer or start your own blog to make money. If you are looking for freelance blogging gigs, you can look on platforms like Fiverr or Upwork which always have jobs up. If you want to start your own blog, you can read more about it in our article on how to start a blog. This website that you are reading is a perfect example of how you can make money from blogging, even while you are still student.

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