The most helpful apps for students

It seems as though there’s an app out there for everything nowadays. From fitness to shopping, and even to finance, there’s nothing an app hasn’t covered. So, we’ve decided to give you a little helping hand when it comes to the most helpful apps we discovered for students that you can use them to make your time at university as easy and efficient as possible. Many of our students and interns at our New York off campus apartments have been making recommendations on many apps in this list.

How does never having to worry about missing those 9am lectures (unless you want to) sound? Or saving money on your nights out? Or even the hacks to make studying a lot quicker? It sounds like every student’s dream – and it is – so let’s get started:

Apps to Help You Study

You’re at university, so of course, studying is a given. But if you’re a third-year (or a very eager Fresher) and you feel like every single one of your course units is getting on top of you, here are a few apps to get you by:

Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote,  OneDrive, or your local device.

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Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents. Increase your productivity by eliminating time spent looking for documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Whether you’re using it for business or education, Office Lens will help you save and share your documents in OneNote and OneDrive so you can all work together.

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  • StudyBlue

StudyBlue is the leading crowdsourced learning app used by nearly 7 million people. We create intelligent, effective learning tools to empower people to study smarter. Students and lifelong learners alike can create, share, and compare study notes pulling from the largest and fastest-growing library of online study material. The library contains more than 350 million user-generated digital notecards covering every topic from Portuguese to Psychology to Pilates. StudyBlue allows people to study anytime, anywhere across all of your Web, iOS, and Android devices.

One of the most time-consuming and possibly the most boring part to any piece of coursework: referencing. Even the sound of the word sends shivers through the average student.  What if there was an app that could do it all for you? Oh, wait – there is. We welcome you to EasyBib.

EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers.

 

Saving

For a lot of people, budgeting, saving money and tracking their finances is difficult. That’s because we are bombarded with a bunch of marketing schemes every day that makes us want to spend rather than save our hard earned money.:

Whether you’re on the lookout for a new pair of trainers or you’re actually buying something for your studies, this app allows you to explore hundreds of shops. Idealo gives you the opportunity to always find the cheapest and best-priced item, so you’ll never get a bad deal. It gives you various filtering options to suit your exact needs. Even if the item you want is still a little out of your student budget price range, this clever app will give you notifications as soon as there is a price drop.

Mint is a budgeting app created by the same team who created TurboTax and Quicken. The app is available for both Android and iOS users. Mint creates a personalized budget for you based on the financial data you have. It also notifies you of unusual charges and informs you how to reduce the money you spend on your monthly bills and fees. Most of all, it shows your credit score so that you will know the overall condition of your finances. All you have to do is connect your bank to the Mint app and let it do the dirty work for you.

 

This one’s for the foodies out there. If you find yourself eating out a little too much and can see your bank account becoming increasingly lower, then Big Oven is your solution.

One of its features – Grocery List – is ideal for students in shared accommodation. You’re able to create a shared grocery list for you and your housemates to help decrease overspending on household goods. It’s also a good idea to think about bulk-buying food items together.

The main feature of this app is its tool to help you use up leftovers. If you see yourself as being a bit of a Gordon Ramsay, then this app will be right up your street. Even if you’re not confident in the kitchen, this feature allows you to type in your leftover ingredients and will show you hundreds of different recipes you can rustle up.  

 

Organizing

Pretty self-explanatory, but for those students who struggle with deadlines and timekeeping, this app is perfect for you. Simply type in all your exam or coursework deadlines and create your very own countdown. You can add notes to each input, whether you want to remind yourself to revise a certain topic, or include the address of your exam – it won’t determine your exam results, but it will make sure you attend it!

Most universities use the software Moodle – or something similar – to organize their students’ timetables and lesson plans, but Timetable allows you to do it yourself in a much clearer and simpler way. It’s not just for lessons either. You can use Timetable to add in any extracurricular activities such as sports society training and matches, or any university meetings.

Known to be one of the world’s most annoying alarm clocks, but guess what? It works. For those who have trouble getting up in the morning (most students), this app is certain to get you out of bed.

Gone are the days of just hitting snooze repeatedly. To get this alarm to stop, you have to complete a number of tasks, which in turn wake you up. The app may ask you to take a photo of a certain place in your house, ask you multiple math problems, or even make you shake your phone 100 times. Even if you learn to hate the app, it’s guaranteed to make sure you’re up and ready for your early-morning lectures or classes.

Safety

It’s no secret that students like to have a bit of fun, but the importance of staying safe cannot be understated. Whether you’ve had a little too much to drink or you’ve got lost in the crowd, these apps help keep you and your friends safe:

PanicGuard is the definitive personal safety app, and it is the only app to receive the Police Preferred Specification endorsement by Secured by Design due to its outstanding efforts to help prevent and fight crime.

Using the PanicGuard APP is extremely easy as everything has been designed and tested to work in dangerous and stressful situations

We track you in real time from the moment PanicGuard is activated, even though an alert has not yet been raised. We do this so, that we can backtrack your movements and possibly find CCTV footage on your route for further evidence, if need be.

Whether you feel uneasy on a Tinder date, or unsafe walking home, the SafeZone app connects you directly to the response team at your university. You can access safety information and tips to help you feel at ease if you’re traveling alone regularly. It is important to remember to check with your university that this app is in use within their campus areas, or you could just use the app to check directly which areas the SafeZone covers.

 

Apps for students

Partying

Where do we begin with that other side to university life? That’s right: the partying, the socializing, all right down to the hangovers. If you see yourself short of a deck of cards, need some drinking game inspiration, or simply want some cheap booze destinations – there are plenty of apps for it, and here’s just a few:

  •  Bar Roulette

This one’s for the adventurous boozer. Go bar hopping with the help of Uber, Yelp and Foursquare. Confirm your location, then confirm the neighborhood you’d like to go to.

Let’s face it: the standard 5-7pm doesn’t work for everyone (who still gets off at 5pm?). Get happy hour at any hour with this completely free app that pairs sober people with bars ready to serve them cheap drinks. When you download the app, search through a list of over 150 partner bars offering deals at that time. Once you’ve found your match, start the timer and flash your phone screen to your bartender to enjoy 60 minutes of booze-soaked bliss

  • Never Have I Ever

The classic get-to-know-you game can be testing sometimes as you wrack your brain thinking of intriguing (revealing) questions. No more of that, though, and more time for drinking and secret-spilling, as the app conjures up some very interesting questions for you…

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