Making Cash Alongside Class

Everyone knows how tough it can be to balance school and work life; to find a way to make some extra cash while still making it to class and making academic deadlines. And if you’re like me – an Anglophone in Montreal – then you face the added difficulty of finding part-time, flexible work during school that doesn’t consider your monolingualism an immediate disqualification. Whether you’re in a bind financially, could use some extra cash or just want to finance your Tokyo Thursdays and their $9 cover, here are some ways you can make some money – Anglo or Franco alike:

Sell Your Textbooks

This is the easiest, least cumbersome, way to make some money at school. Everyone has textbooks that are currently lying unused (or unopened) in their rooms somewhere – textbooks that someone else is probably willing to pay for! The most simple way to get rid of your books is by selling them back to where you got them. Le James bookstore buys back textbooks every Thursday between 10am and 5pm and lets you check how much your books are worth online at so you don’t have to lug them all the way there and back. The Word bookstore on Milton also creates a list of used books it’s looking to buy every semester around add/drop and, although the list is usually small, they’re willing to pay handsomely for it. If you find that your books are worth more than what these stores are offering, you can always take on the task yourself and try and sell your textbooks online within the McGill community through Facebook or other social media channels!

Check Out the CaPS myfuture Website

One of my favorite ways to find work opportunities on and off campus is through Simply log in using your McGill email address and you’ll be able to access a ton of not only employment, but internship and volunteer opportunities as well. You can filter what type of jobs you are looking for as well as ones that fit your specific qualifications. Applying is easy and there’s a certain degree of safety guaranteed as the jobs are typically screened.

Become an OSD Note Taker

The Office for Students with Disabilities at McGill often pays students to share their notes with those who have difficulty taking them themselves. Not only will you be helping countless other students by registering, you will also be able to make some money with minimum extra effort. Note takers are paid $50 a course and an acknowledgement of their involvement will appear on their record. Note that you will need to have neat, typed lecture notes to be able to register as a note taker. You can register by visiting the OSD website.

Join a Study

Another way to help yourself while helping out your fellow students is to take part in a study! Many faculties at McGill conduct minor studies for which they will need participants who are often monetarily compensated. Keep an eye out for studies on McGill student Facebook pages, through McGill faculty websites or emails you receive.

Some Extra Tips

A few closing remarks and helpful suggestions in your job search: check your emails and apply to everything. Checking emails and reading them through, even when they may seem initially irrelevant. Many opportunities pop up in the faculty or general university emails you receive on the daily and, as annoying as they may be, I can say from personal experience that taking a few extra moments to peruse them will totally pay off. McGill clubs, faculties, offices and professors will reach out through emails often to fill positions, so don’t miss out! And lastly, be fearless and apply to everything you can, even when you are confident you wont get the position. This isn’t to say you should apply to positions you are wholly unqualified for; only don’t be afraid of rejection, because what’s the worst that could happen? You might never get a reply back or you may even end up with an amazing position that you never dreamt of. Either way, you lose nothing! So be confident in yourself – we’re usually capable of a lot more than we give ourselves credit!

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