A list of the Best Apps for Students

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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 apps so that you can use them to make your time at university as easy and efficient as possible.

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

Are you ever in a class when the lecturer changes the slide before you’ve had time to take notes on all the points? It’s annoying, right? Well, not anymore – thanks to Office Lens. Gone are the quick scribbles of trying to get everything in your notepad, because Office Lens allows you to take enhanced images of whiteboards, papers, and pretty much anything you need from class.

See it as a tiny scanner in your pocket that transforms your images into readily editable documents. No more rushed typing, goodbye messy handwritten notes – Office Lens gives you digital copies of all the notes you need.

  • StudyBlue

Whether you prefer studying through flashcards, quizzes, or audio revision, StudyBlue provides all three. This app allows you to customise your own digital revision materials. Not only that, but your fellow classmates can share theirs with you too, and vice versa – if you’re feeling generous.

  • EasyBib

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.

An app that automatically creates your citations and references, and all you have to do is simply scan the book or journal’s barcode! There’s no need to worry about having to then type out all the references into your essay. Just simply export your citations to your email address, then copy and paste them into your bibliography.

Remember: always check which referencing style your university uses to make sure you use the correct format.

Saving

Budgeting is always a tough skill to master when you’re a student, and sometimes having that NUS card or UNiDAYS account just isn’t enough. It’s time to take back control of your student loans and offers, and here’s how:

  • Idealo

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.

  • OnTrees

Where did all my money go? A question we all ask too often. With OnTrees, you’ll be able to track exactly where you’re spending too much – or even too little. It works with major UK banks, placing all your accounts in one place, thereby making it easier and more efficient for you to stay on top of your finances.

Smart spending just got simpler with OnTrees and its colourful charts, icons, and all the important info about your spending.

  • Big Oven

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.  

Organising

  • Exam Countdown

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!

  • Timetable

Most universities use the software Moodle – or something similar – to organise 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.

  • Alarmy (Sleep If You Can)

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 maths 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

Endorsed by the National Mobile Crime Unit and backed by Crimestoppers, this app is the go-to safety app – and not just for students either. The PanicGuard app is able to track you in real time, and, even if the alarm has not been activated, it still has the technology to retrace your steps and find CCTV footage of your whereabouts. As soon as your alert is activated through the app, it automatically sends your location, the fastest route to you, and a message to your emergency contacts. It has the reputation of 24/7 personal security in your pocket.

  • SafeZone

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 travelling 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.

Partying

Where do we begin with that other side to university life? That’s right: the partying, the socialising, 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:

  • ‘Appy Hour

Depending on your university’s city, there are various happy hour apps that give you all the locations of current happy hour deals nearby. You’ll never have to pay full price for drinks again as you hop from happy hour to happy hour.

  • Ring of Fire

We don’t all arrive at pre-drinks or parties with a deck of cards, so this app is a must-have. With the game played through the app, we recommend having the dirty pint glass far away from the phone to help remove any possible spillage scenarios.

  • 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…

 

Hopefully – thanks to all these apps – we’ll have some ‘appy students wandering around campuses now. Make sure to get in touch with us if you find any other useful apps students can take advantage of. Message us on Facebook or tweet us @comelivewithus.

My student job with The Student Housing Company

John LawHi, I’m John Law and I have just finished my second year of Medical Sciences at The University of Edinburgh. I have always had a passion for medicine, and although I’m not sure if this is exactly the path I want to take, I know it’s a good start in any direction.

I grew up in a small town in South West Scotland called Stranraer. My family is originally from Edinburgh so it felt very natural to come here. My first visit to Edinburgh wasn’t until two weeks before I moved into Brae House, so it was all very exciting when I arrived.

Edinburgh has been amazing! Definitely the best city in Scotland in my opinion. I really like the history and the architecture; the city has real character and I love living here.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve stayed at all three of The Student Housing Company’s residences in Edinburgh. I would say they are all uniquely different and have their own personalities. I especially enjoyed my time at Brae House as it was my first experience of The Student Housing Company and student accommodation in general.

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Sophie’s work experience at The Student Housing Company

During the week commencing 26th June, I was lucky enough to be invited for work experience at The Student Housing Company HQ in London. This is how I spent it…

I had never considered that there would be so many jobs in student accommodation before this experience. Who knew that it could be such a big industry with so many roles involved? Each aspect of the business is thought out so carefully, ensuring the best for all the students who do stay in this type of accommodation.

I have spent 3 days seeing what people do and what student accommodation is all about. I haven’t seen all the jobs involved in the business, yet still, I am thinking how much challenging work is involved and the thoughts behind every decision that is made, even the smallest ones.

Getting stuck in with all things digital…

On the Monday, which was the first day I visited the company, I started my adventure finding out about social media and how having a social presence has such a big role in helping to develop the company. I worked with Sarah, the digital marketing executive, writing content for the social media channels. So much thought has to go into each individual post – I think it’s amazing how someone can get paid for being on Facebook all day (pretty cool job if I must say so myself!). I scheduled a few posts and did some video editing, which made the experience even better. It’s so important that social media is used, because it’s where us teenagers spend all our time – it’s the best place to capture our attention!

Getting the creative juices flowing…

The next day, I got to spend time with Hadria, the graphic designer. Design is something that interests me a lot – I love editing photos and being creative. Hadria taught me how to use design programmes to create marketing material for events that are happening around the different accommodations. It’s amazing how jobs like these have such a big part of the company. If there was no graphic designer then who would create the look for the brand and create the physical adverts to promote them?

Sophie and Hadria

Checking it out for myself…

To top the week off, I got to visit the accommodation. Everyone in the office was so friendly there and welcoming towards me, even though I felt a bit shy! I had a tour of the buildings and all I could think was – wow! This must be luxury to students. They had lovely rooms with everything that you could need and so much communal space for the students to hang out in. There was a massive TV room – the TV was almost as big as the cinema – and I heard they run events there all year, like pizza nights. They also had a common room which had a lot of space for the students to work or hang out in, and a laundry room too.

I was taken by surprise when I went upstairs to the top floor and I saw what was probably the biggest kitchen I have ever seen, with anything and everything a student could need in it. The layout of the place was so well thought out, it’s difficult to put into words how amazing the accommodation was, I would be here for hours.  I would definitely stay there if I went to university and I highly recommend that you do as well.

Sophie at Depot Point

Preparing for take-off…

On my last day, I was asked to research all the company’s competitors who operate in Cambridge. I begun by looking at their websites and analysing the different room types and the different prices that are already available in that city, to prepare to launch Cambridge onto our website. I then did research into the local area and all of the exciting places the students will be able to visit when they live there with The Student Housing Company.

What have I learnt?

Before my week with The Student Housing Company, I didn’t know that you could live in private halls. With the help of my work experience, I now know I wouldn’t consider anything else and would, of course, book with The Student Housing Company. This work experience has taught me so many skills and shown me a whole load of jobs that are available.  I, myself am very interested in business, so to have spent the week here was amazing and I will now definitely consider it as a career choice.

What do I like about The Student Housing Company?

I think what makes The Student Housing Company amazing is that they provide global accommodation for students, they are the first and only company at this time to do this and I think this shows people what a dedicated and ambitious company they really are. This experience will stick with me and I’m so grateful for how amazing they have been to me. From the moment I stepped foot in the office I felt so welcome. The team were interested in my opinion, because I’m close to the age of their target audience. I felt like they listened to me and valued my opinions. This company tick all the boxes for student accommodation, and in my eyes, I don’t think you can get much better.

If anyone is thinking about going to university, please consider staying at one of their accommodations. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Do you think you could make a valuable addition to The Student Housing Company team? Find out how you can join us for work experience or an internship!