Nowadays there’s an app for everything, whether you’re organising your deadlines, keeping track of your spending or taking notes in a lecture, the app store has everything you need. This guide should guarantee you have the right app for everything you’ll ever need whilst you are studying at university.
The Student Essentials…
Grammarly – Downloadable on your phone and available as a plugin on your laptop, it’s an absolute lifesaver when drafting last minute emails to lecturers or even when writing your essays. A quick and simple application that auto-corrects your spelling and grammar as you type.
Uber – This isn’t just an essential app for students, it’s an essential app for everyone. A game-changer for nights out with cheap fares, hassle-free booking and no need to save cash for a taxi at the end of the night. You’ve probably already got the app downloaded somewhere and if you don’t – get it now!
Unidays – The student app for a million and one different discounts. It’s free to sign up and one of the main reasons I’m still in education. The day I part with my student discount card will be a very sad day. You can also purchase NUS cards which offer a similar service but these cost roughly £12 per year.
When Hunger Strikes…
Tasty App – For when you inevitably run out of new ideas for meals, this app is perfect for inspiring new recipes. The great thing is you can filter by ingredients and browse recipes that just include the items you have lying around in the cupboard. You can also search based on your dietary requirements and there is a section specifically for vegetarians.
Deliveroo – Hanging after a big night out? Cba to cook? or just can’t bring yourself to go food shopping? Deliveroo brings you the food you love, straight to the door. Luckily, Brighton’s Deliveroo had so many choices that you could even get waffles delivered… Although after trying, I wouldn’t advise as they seem to go a little soggy and chewy while being transported. Either way, if its available in your location – download the app!
Wetherspoons & Pizza Express – If you’re a student I’m sure you will be familiar with Spoons and their unbelievably cheap food and drink. If you download their app you can order directly from your table, while getting priority over those queuing at the bar! Pizza Express’s new app has also been a godsend at uni. When you initially download the app and fill in your details you will receive a free main meal and from then on, you can check back each day for new deals and offers at restaurants near you.
To Keep You Organised…
Stocard – I am a sucker for a loyalty card (I went through my purse and had about 15 just for Brighton coffee shops). If you’re anything like me then that’s when this app comes in handy as you can keep all your loyalty cards in one place – your phone! As a student you want to get your hands on as many free coffees, Nandos chilli’s and retail loyalty points that you can, the only issue is carrying around all those cards! Other than the paper stamp cards for independent businesses, everything else can be kept digitally in one place.
Google Drive / Mail – If anything this app is perfect for backing up files and transferring anything from your laptop to smartphone. The best thing about this application is its ease of use for group work (everyone’s least favourite thing about uni assignments). Using the Google Drive allows multiple users to edit and work on shared documents at the same time and even better you can see who has edited/added what to each document meaning *hopefully* you won’t have anyone slacking on their part of the group work.
To Help you Budget…
Monzo – I’ve spoken about Monzo on here before when I shared my Travelling on a Budget Tips and anyone that knows me has probably seen me flashing around a pink card raving about it. More than just an app, Monzo is a current account run via your smartphone that tracks your spending, helps you budget and encourages saving. I could talk for hours about how much I love their app and service so if you’re interested and want to be wise about your money at uni then check out their website for more information.
Circle – That awkward moment when you have to ask your housemate for the third time to pay their share of last months water bill… We’ve all been there, but this app makes transferring money between friends quick and easy, you both just need to have the app and then walla, the money is yours. Equally, if you don’t want to faff about with downloading a new app, transferring money via PayPal is almost the same as this.
1SE – A great way to keep all your uni memories in one place. The One Second Everyday App encourages you to take a short clip or photograph every day which then gets compiled into a video over a custom time period. Not completely necessary but something that’ll be nice to look back on one day.
Huji – The retro disposable camera app you’ve seen plastered over Instagram this summer. With a single click of a fake shutter-release, you get the shaken-Polaroid, lightroom-developed aesthetic that film photographers spend so much time and money on.
So, those are just a few of the apps that stayed on my home screen throughout my time at uni. Have I missed any that were vital for you? Let me know in the comments!