With technology becoming more and more integrated in society today, mobile convenience app usage is rising in popularity, with many using such apps for the smallest of tasks such as making a shopping list. Due to this, with an often very busy and high-stress schedule, students can find a lot of benefits in using such apps. This post will name the top 10 Free Apps That Every University Student Needs: Making student life easy from socialising to studying.
The first app that is essential for surviving university is Facebook. Now, this may seem obvious, one that most people already have, but despite Facebook’s recent decline in popularity, the heart of the social curriculum at university lies in Facebook. Whether it be a group to find out your timetable, or a society page, Facebook can be useful to keep up to date with every aspect of your university life.
Many pages are organised for university-based social events and messages about action that may be being taken at university; examples being fresher’s week events or charity fund-raisers taking place on campus. However, there are also pages dedicated to your studies specifically, such as to organise study groups or to get help with your online university pages, for example your online portal.
Everyone knows that money is often tight at university, whether that being money to go out and socialise, money for food, or simply money for transport. Therefore, apps like Uni Days and NUS are essential for cutting the pennies where it counts. Discount apps like the above supply discount codes and offers on pretty much everything, and this is especially useful if you are studying in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world for not only housing but basic day-to-day tasks.
Apps such as UniDays make it easy to not only save but to treat yourself too; they split their app into sections such as ‘fashion’, ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘technology’, which allows you to browse offers even if you aren’t looking for a specific brand.
With little time on your hands and often a lack of funds, a cheap, healthy and quick meals app is essential for university. When you’re constantly on the go, or spending long nights in the library, often there is no time to create healthy and interesting meals, and that’s why meal apps such as Mealime are perfect for when you need quick and healthy recipes to keep your body ticking on through those long study sessions.
Mealime tailors to your dietary habits, whether this is your preference for a vegetarian or low carbohydrate diet, or excluding allergies such as soy or nuts. Not only does Mealime tailor to essential dietary preference, but it excludes certain foods you may dislike, as well as tailors to the amount of people you are cooking for, making recipes quick to find and select.
Mobile Banking Apps
Like mentioned above, managing money can be hard whilst at university, with an increase in socialising and course fees, thus making it vital for you to own apps that not only help you manage your money, but track your spending.
Most banks now give customers access to free mobile banking apps, where within 30 second you can see what you have recently spent, transfer money, and access your savings, all with a push of a button.
My Study Life
It is important at university to stay organized and on track, and because of this, there are many organizational apps that will make this as easy as possible for you; these apps prompt you with reminders to ensure you stay on top of the higher workload you’ll experience at university.
My Study Life lets you add your classes, helping you to manage you time equally around each one. In addition to this, you can add deadlines such as to-do list tasks, exams or coursework. Keeping all your academic information in one place allows you to see quickly what you have to do, rather than having odd notes and memos scattered around your phone or university diary, as well as reducing the chance of you missing a deadline.
The Student Room
It will often be the case that you’ll experience some harder topics during your time at university, and although your lecturer’s and course mates are there to help, sometimes you may feel you have a question you aren’t comfortable asking them.
The student room is ideal for such questions, whether posting anonymous or under a username, users can gain support for any issues discovered at any part of their education.
There are multiple portals on the student room app, allowing you to search for questions and group types, as well as receive notifications for the discussions you are involved in.
The amount of information given to you at university can often be daunting, and keeping on top of what you know can often be tedious, especially when it comes to exam period.
Study Blue allows you to record voice notes and lectures from you courses, constantly updating a database of what you are learning, allowing you to keep track of what you have learnt, as well as finding similar notes that may be relevant to your studies.
Revision can be tiring, especially when you’re exhausted from the previous terms work, and feel like you’re overloaded with information. That is why apps such as Quizlet are perfect for making revision fun and easy again.
Quizlet allows you to make flash cards for all your subjects, meaning that you can stay on top of your revision at home, or on the go.
Often writing essays can get hard and wearying, especially when you have to reference your sources. Most universities require you to reference in your essays, and googling books and articles can often lead to a dead-end in trying to get the correct academic reference.
That’s why RefME is perfect; the app allows you to scan the barcode of the book you wish to reference, immediately formulating its reference in your preferred format (i.e. Harvard).
Circle of 6
And finally, Circle of 6.
With a busy schedule and lots of work, often students are in university libraries until late during deadline periods. Safety apps such as circle of 6 make these late nights no longer a worry, allowing students to track their and their friends journey home and ensure a safe return, as often students are walking back to accommodation alone and/or in the dark.