If only you could just pick cash off the trees then you wouldn’t have to worry about a steady income while going to college. But whether you’re an online or on-campus college student you still need to eat and pay rent (at the minimum). And let’s not forget that those college classes cost money, so tuition also eats up your bank account faster than a Kardashian shopping for a Caribbean cruise.

So unless you’re independently wealthy you’ll probably have to hold down one of many college jobs. Although it may seem like your time is already so stretched you couldn’t possibly fit one more thing into your 60-hour workweek, all is not lost. Some college jobs are tailor-made for students even though they’d drive just about anyone else crazy with boredom. That’s not to say college students are boring; they just like college jobs that don’t require a lot of thinking or interaction. Eliminating those two pesky elements gives working students much more time to study and get paid at the same time. So in the spirit of having your cake and eating it too, here are five college jobs you’d be lucky to have as an overwhelmed college student.

Residential Assistant

Sometimes called an RA for short, these are the “floor moms” (or managers) for dorms, housing co-ops, sorority or fraternity houses, or any other collegiate housing that encompasses rules that residents must follow. Typically these college jobs go to upperclassmen or grad students, but if you can land one at any point in your college career then you’re doing pretty well. Why? Because you end up with free housing or a small caretaker wage or both for doing very little in return. Yes, you will have to deal with complaints, bad plumbing, and the occasional shutting down of wild parties (and you have to lead monthly meetings with your charges), but that’s nothing compared to the down time you get in between.

House Sitter/Pet Sitter

If you know of anyone going on an extended visit, or who lives somewhere else part time, then offer to house sit for a nominal fee. Or if you can get out of paying your own rent during your house sitting tenure, then house-sit for free (especially if their place is a palatial paradise that you’d never be able to afford on your own).

And if they have pets to care for, even better. Offer to feed and walk Fido for a fee, and spend the night if necessary (if you’re not house sitting anyway). I know a college student who started out pet sitting, but then ended up creating her own dog walking business that netted her an extra $1,000 a month, most of which was in cash. Not bad for a starving student.

Desk Attendant

Mall kiosks, hotel front desks, office reception areas, even the information stand at a museum or amusement park, all offer great opportunities for you to just sit there and study until someone comes up to ask a question. If you’re lucky, you’ll be surrounded by savvy patrons who find it unnecessary to pester you for information they can easily find on their smartphones. As long as you’re paid by the hour and not by the question, then you’ll come out way ahead.

Library Assistant

Being a library assistant is a step up from desk assistant in that you’ll actually have to be familiar enough with the stacks to help someone find a book. Plus, a little knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System helps, but isn’t necessary, since now most card catalogs are online. However, you will have to check books in and out in addition to answering the occasional question, so your time won’t be nearly as interruption-free as if you were a desk attendant, however, being a library assistant generally pays more.

Box Office Attendant

Even though most movie theatres have gone online for ticket presales, theatres that present live stage productions still employ people to sit in box offices. The best part about this job is that you are usually in a little, quiet room all by yourself and nobody bothers you unless they specifically want to buy or pick up tickets. You may have to answer a phone or count out the cashbox at the end of the night, but for the most part you’re left alone to study for your big micro-finance midterm on Monday. Oh, and as an added perk, you get to see a lot of stage productions for free.

So until you graduate and start your career, or you figure out that harvesting money off of trees thing, look for college jobs that actually end up paying you to study. Employers that expect you to just show up and be available to answer public questions are the best. Just remember to show up with your laptop and books or else you’re going to be pretty bored.

Do you know of the perfect college jobs? Something that gives you a lot of time to study, but still pays pretty well? Share it with us as a comment. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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