Careers ServiceWorking for yourself in the UK

Your visa status

If you're currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa you're not authorised to work on a self-employed or freelance basis. This means you can’t set up a business/work on a self-employed basis while studying.

The Graduate Route Visa allows you to work as self-employed under this route, however you cannot work as a professional sportsperson or coach. 

This AGCAS guide (PDF) to Working in the UK: Answers to frequently asked questions (PDF) and includes an overview of the main immigration routes available for international students looking to work in the UK.

Strathclyde Inspire

The University is keen to support graduates we have identified as having world-class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills. Strathclyde Inspire offers a range of entrepreneurial support and guidance and works with staff, students and alumni to realise their entrepreneurial potential.