Must have apps for students

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In modern times the truth is that you probably won’t find a student who doesn’t use a smartphone or tablet today. It is also true that students use different mobile apps not only for entertainment, but also for studying. Both Apple and Android devices provide loads of apps for students that can be very informative and useful, and most students know plenty that fit his or her needs most, but there are still some mobile “helpers” out there that no student should live without.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Out and about
Citymapper – never get lost in London again! This app gives you handy advice about how much a taxi would cost, which bus to take, how long it would take to walk and how to avoid bad weather. The app is free and is a must-have if you’re map reading and your navigation skills aren’t up to scratch. Also note that if you set up the route when you do have data/Wi-Fi then you can still follow the route/blue dot even on aeroplane mode!

Find my iPhone – there’s nothing worse then waking up hungover and then realising you have no idea where your phone is. If you have this app installed then simply check online and it will play a sound on your phone so you can find it even in the most unlikely place your drunken mind decided was a good idea – from the fridge to your pillow case. If it is lost you can also send a message in case anyone has found it and erase all your data just to be on the safe side.

Stay on track
Wunderlist – university deadlines and stress can be made much easier if you stay organised and keep on top of everything by writing it all down. This handy app lets you make lists, reminders, upload photos of your timetable and saves ‘read later’ notes for your lectures. Create an account and share with course mates so you can remind each other and update it as a group to keep you all on track.

Keep your course notes organised
Scanner pro – does what it says on the tin. If you’re terrible at keeping track of all the millions of hand-outs and pieces of paper from your tutor then simply use this app to scan them in and organise your work and notes easily.

Reminisce
Heyday or Timehop – it’s always fun to look back on old photos and memories, and then tease your friends with photos of the hairstyles and outfits they thought looked great in freshers’ but regret now. By the time you get to third year it will be nice to look back on your antics in first year and remember them fondly (mostly). Timehop gives you a daily reminder of the photos your took on that day throughout the years and heyday is a personal journal that does the same but allows you to add captions, diary entries and comments so you don’t forget your best times as a student.

Be practical
Spending tracker – is a boring but essential app. Keeping track on your spending means that by the time your student loan/overdraft is stressing you out, you can look back and re-consider spending £20 on Candy Crush lives or £30 on shots in Revolution, and help you stretch your pennies to pay for those important essentials.

Take a break and relax
Headspace – taking 10 minutes a day to relax, focus on your breathing and meditate will actually make more of a difference than you’d think. When everything is getting too hectic and tutors won’t stop throwing sneaky deadlines your way then this app will help you chill out and improve your productivity – simple but effective.

Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in Liverpool, student accommodation in Manchester, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.

Posted on 17th September 2015 by Elinore Court.

Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.

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