Asked on 22 Nov 2018
By right I can't work here while on exchange can I?
First contact your Designated School Official (DSO). If you are under F-1 visa, you're allowed on-campus employment:
Associated with the school's established curriculum
Related to contractually-funded research projects at the post-graduate level
Always check whether it is an 'on-campus employment'. It is the employee's responsibility.
As F1 student, 'off-campus employment' is not allowed unless authorised by the DSO. According to the DHS, a qualifying economic hardship entails "new, unexpected circumstances beyond (your) control," such as:
Loss of financial aid
Large increases in tuition or living costs
Substantial decrease in the relative value of currency the student depends upon to pay expenses
Unexpected changes in the financial conditions for a student's sources of financial support
Unexpectedly large medical bills not covered by insurance
Other substantial, unexpected expenses
I suggest you seek the DSO for advice as he/she can best help you with your situation.