Going to university or college can be an exciting, and sometimes daunting prospect for many students. It's not just the lectures and exams you need to prepare for, but student life as a whole, whether on or off campus.
The following selection of apps won't just help you with your studies, but all the other aspects of living away from home: from tracking your spending and cooking, to splitting the bills with your housemates, and drinking responsibly.
Chegg: Textbook Rental, Homework Help & College Books
Your organization skills are important, but having the right study materials and a tutor who can answer your questions, can make all the difference between a pass and a fail.
Chegg is an app which helps you find resources to get your study on; you can search for textbooks (by title, author or ISBN), and borrow them or buy them directly through the app. You can also post questions and find experts' answers and, finally, even find yourself an online tutor.
Doodle is the fastest, simplest, most effective way to poll people. Get all your mates to sign up for the app, and scheduling becomes easy. Whether it be a social event, a society meeting, or your meeting-up for group work. Once all the participants have picked the times they’re available, Doodle notifies the host and calculates the best slot for everyone.
iTunes U offers free, illuminating courses on just about any subject and tools for students enrolled in private courses. It's the place to come if you want to learn. You can browse over 800,000 lectures (video and audio) from many renowned seats of learning.
This app can even be used to create courses for free; it's easy to add materials from the suite of Apple apps, or to attach documents or multimedia content. There are plenty of collaboration functions for students too.
Office Lens from Microsoft helps turn your phone into the mobile scanner you always wanted it to be. With the power of your camera, this brilliantly designed app converts any image into a document, optimizing the quality along the way.
Snap lecture notes from the board in class, or extract text from your notepad, then have it converted into the file format you require. As you may expect, OneNote, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, and PDF are all supported.
If you've ever had to write up an essay, assignment, or maybe something longer, then you'll know that referencing is a boring and tiresome chore. RefME makes this gruesome task an absolute doddle by automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies in over 7,500 citation styles, including Harvard, MLA and APA
Just scan a barcode of the book or journal you’ve used, and the app will do all the work for you.
If you’re going to be writing a lot of essays, make sure they are saved on Mega, and stop emailing yourself. It offers the most free space of any cloud storage service out there: a whopping 50 GB. The application allows you to download multiple files, and uploading via the app, adjusting the speed as necessary.
It is ideal for making very large files available publicly, and as if that were not enough, the service also includes a chat function for private communication.
Blinkist - Notes on NonFiction Books in Audio & Text
When you've left important study to the last minute, and you need a serious cramming session, Blinkist serves you summaries of non-fiction bestsellers. Peruse, understand, and learn their ideas in a matter of minutes.
Even if you've only got 15 precious minutes, you can read a Blinkist book. Each book is broken down into its salient points; hop from one to the next as you like. The summaries are curated by experts, so you can feel secure knowing you're getting the best from each book, condensed.
Coursera: Online courses in programming, business, music, languages and more from top universities
Fancy a bit of extra curricular? Or maybe you want to have a look at courses not on offer at your college or uni. Coursera opens the virtual doors to more than a hundred universities and educational institutions of the highest standings (like Princeton, Stanford, and Michigan).
There are more than 1000 courses available in more than 20 different languages, professors with great reputations, learning resources, and even official certificates up for grabs.
Paprika Recipe Manager for iPhone - Get your recipes organized!
Once you're living on a student budget, you'll realize that cooking for yourself is a lot cheaper than ordering in takeout. Paprika's focus is on recipe management, but it also includes smart grocery lists and a menu planner that lets you add recipes to your plan, rate them once you've prepared them, and generate a grocery list for the week based on the things you want to make.
It's also packed with practically cooking tools, including a timer, a converter, and a feature which scales down your dishes if you want to make a recipe for less people than stated.
Living away from home at university means no more running to the bank of ma and pa when you're short on cash. Spendee is truly beautiful and, does a great job of showing you where all of your money is going and how you can adjust course. You don’t have to link your bank accounts to the app, but instead make as many wallets and budgets as you need (for food, clothes, going out, etc.).
Splittable - Manage shared expenses, split bills and track home costs
Splittable makes it easy to split bills and track expenses with your housemates, so that you can stress less and learn to enjoy your experience living together more. Allowing you to track all of your shared costs with your flatmates – like bills and expenses – you’ll even know who has paid for what when it comes to ordering that takeaway or buying some new bin bags.
Let's face it, you're a student. You're role in life, apart from getting your degree, is attending bar crawls and destroying your liver. But that doesn't give you the right to be irresponsible or pout otehrs in danger.
Alchohoot is the world's first law enforcement grade, FDA registered smartphone breathalyzer, which lets you know when you're heading over the sensible limit, and ensures you'll never get behind the wheel if you've had one too many.
OnWatch™ - The Personal Safety App for College Students
Heading off to university might be all fun and freedom for most, but you can't forget to stay safe and take care of yourself. One in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, and OnWatch is especially designed for keeping female students safe on campus.
Six customizable alert modes allow you to alert your friends, your campus police, or your local 911 call center with a pre-composed message and your GPS location.
STA Travel Hostels, Hotels, Activities, Sightseeing Tours & MySTA Itinerary
STA Travel trumpet themselves as the "experts in student and youth travel," and their round-the-world flights and gap year packages are second to none. The official app offers a totally tailored experience where you'll quickly find the cheapest accommodation, plus the coolest adventures and activities. Your entire itinerary can be saved together in the app, and making and modifying your bookings is easy-peasy.
Studies nearly over? LinkedIn Students is a great tool that makes getting your foot on the career ladder as easy as swiping for a Tinder date. The app suggest roles based on your education, surfaces job listings for your selected major, and delivers career advice content through a card-based interface. You can even see which companies tend to hire form your university, so you know where to set your sights.