A number of students are working as strip club dancers to help fund their studies or because they find it exciting, researchers said.
Researchers from the University of Leeds interviewed about 200 dancers in towns and cities across the UK.
They found almost a third of strip club dancers are students, with many using the cash earned to support themselves throughout their studies.
However, many students did not seem to be motivated by the potentially high financial gains of the industry, having come from fairly affluent backgrounds, said Teela Sanders, who co-authored the study.
"Many of these dancers are from middle-class backgrounds - they are not coming from families where money is a big issue," Sanders told Times Higher Education.
Sanders said a number of the students saw themselves as "dancers, not sex workers" because "selling striptease had become more palatable and socially acceptable."
"They enjoyed dressing up to go out and many say it wasn't too different to heading out on a night out," Sanders added.
There was a definite tension between the 'old school' dancers who were there to earn good money and the new, inexperienced younger women who had a range of motives for entering stripping, researchers said.
The study was published by the British Journal of Sociology of Education.