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25 Free Apps That Will Make College Easier

When was the last time you downloaded a useful app on your phone?

As college students, apps like Snapchat, Instagram, & Facebook that take up most of our phone’s storage.

What if I told you there is an app that’ll give you a discount on plane tickets anywhere in the world? 

Shocked?

Well, that’s why I created this list of apps because there are so many apps that can make your college life easier.

Student Universe

Being a college student has its perks, for one, you get discounts on many things such as Apple Music and Starbucks. Did you know that you also get discounts on planes tickets?  Student Universe is an app that helps college students find discounts on plane tickets and hotel rooms. Ever thought about going to Miami or Cancun for spring break, but thought that it would be too expensive? Well, with Student Universe you can turn your wish into a reality.

Square Cash

This is one app my friends and I use all the time and it makes life so much easier. Whether it’s ordering a pizza or paying up because you lost a bet, Square Cash helps you send money instantly. Instead of going to an atm to pull out the cash, you simply send the money to your friend’s bank account.

Microsoft Outlook Email/Calendar

It’s almost impossible to be a college student without checking your email daily. Whether it’s a canceled class or a social event on campus, as a college student you need to stay updated. Microsoft Outlook makes life so much easier as a college student. Not only does the app has an emailing system, but also a calendar that’s integrated with the emailing system. This makes remembering to turn that paper that’s 50% of your grade easy.

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Cliff Notes

Who hasn’t heard of Cliff Notes? The website with book summaries, character profiles, & even audio summaries. Well did you know they have an app? This should be an app that every college student should already have installed. Let’s face it, even the hardest working college student gets lazy sometimes. To make a long story short, this app will save your ass! The app even includes audio chapter summaries for those who like to wait until they’re walking into class to start their work.

Sleep Cycle

One of the toughest challenges a college student face is waking up. It doesn’t matter if we have a 9 am or 12 pm it seems like we never get enough sleep. Thanks to the app Sleep Cycle waking up just got a lot easier. Sleep Cycle tracks your sleeping pattern throughout the night and deciphers the best time to wake you up. Instead of setting a specific time (9 am), you select a time frame (9-9:30). The app determines the time when you’re not in “heavy” sleep, so when your alarm goes off you’re not as tired. This app has done wonders for my life and my grades.
(For a more in-depth review of Sleep Cycle check out Business Insider’s Sleep Cycle review.)

StudyBlue Flashcards

I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely HATE the process of making flashcards. It has become a necessary evil throughout my college career and I would advise every college student to use them. One of the best apps for making flashcards is StudyBlue. StudyBlue has an array of features such as taking quizzes, reviewing notes, and of course making flashcards. You can organize your flashcards by subject which is very helpful if you have a cumulative exam at the end of the semester.

HouseParty

HouseParty is an app that should’ve been developed years ago. This app allows friends to video chat as a group across Andriod and IOS devices. The video and audio quality is incredible considering that the app is relatively new. Now, Iphone user can “Facetime” their Andriod counterparts without any strings attached. I use this app frequently and it’s now my go-to app for video chatting with my friends.

Mint

As a college student, I know that saving money is hard and managing money is even harder. Thankfully, we have apps that help with both. Mint is the best app for managing money because they take the responsibility of managing money out of your hands. The app also provides you with a breakdown of your spending habits on a weekly, monthly, and yearly bases. Mint gives you the data that will mentally help you save money by showing you spent $80 on coffee last month.

 Acorns

Acorns is an app I’ve used for a year and it has already helped me save and invest over $60 dollars without any effort. The app works by taking the leftover change from every purchase to make the amount even. What does that mean? If you purchase a 6-pack of beer for $6.50, Acron will take the .50 cents to make the purchase even. This is a must-have app for any student looking to invest, but fear they don’t have enough money to get started.
(Still a little skeptical? Check Out Finance Gourmet’s review of Acorns )

Google Photos

This is an app I feel everyone should have and not just college students. With apps like Snapchat and Instagram, most of our phone’s storage is taken up by photos. This starts to become a problem when we can’t save any more photos. This is why Google Photos is on this list! Simply sign into your Gmail account and save all of your photos there.

Google Search

Whether it’s trying to find out Drake’s net worth (90 Million according to Forbes) or trying to prove your friend wrong about basketball stat. Google is usually the first place we search for answers. The Google Search app makes life much easier. Do yourself a favor and download it now.

Pocket

This is one of my favorite apps on the list because it is extremely convenient with my rigorous reading habits. Pocket is an app that allows you to save any article on the internet that you find interesting. After you have saved a good number of articles, the app will start to integrate related articles in the “recommended tab” which is an awesome feature.

WikiHow

Ever wonder how to do something? Of course you have! Google is probably the first place you will look, but sometimes Google will give you too much information. This is where WikiHow steps in! WikiHow condenses complicated subjects into small bites of information. With subjects like ” How to Excel in Life” and “How to File a FAFSA” it’s easy to get lost within the app. You can learn just about anything from WikiHow you just have to download the app.

Resume Builder By Professional CV Maker

This app is perfect for college students looking to work an internship while in school or during summer break. We all know how important resumes are, but constructing them is always a pain in the ass. This is where you’ll need the Resume Builder by Professional CV Maker. The app allows you to construct a simple resume and save it to your email. The best part about the app is that it’s free. Many other programs charge you a fee for helping you build a resume.

Google Drive

This app is all about having a backup plan. By now you should know that saving your papers and assignments in one place is stupid. I always try to save important information in two places or more. You don’t want the displeasure of having to redo a paper you have already done, because your computer stopped working the day the paper was due. This is where Google Drive steps in. You simply sign in with your email address and start uploading files. I strong recommend downloading this app.

Sweat Deck

Have you ever had the desire to get in shape, but didn’t know where to start? Then Sweat Deck is the app for you.  With 52 cards filed with common exercises, work stats, and a notification system that will keep you from procrastinating. This app will help you get into shape in no time. 

1Password

As college students, we often have numerous accounts and apps that require a password for entry. There once was a time where we could use the same password for all our accounts, but then something weird happened. They started asking for numbers and capital letters. After having to include numbers and capital letters into my passwords I ended up forgetting some passwords.  This is where 1password comes in handy because you’ll never have to reset your password again.

Trello

This app is for students that participate in student organizations and group projects. Trello gives you the ability to make a to-do list for the week and share tasks with team members. Originally, this app was just for organizing task and thoughts, but that all changed when they added the sharing component. I’ve used this app many times I’ve never had a problem. Communicating with team members, delegating task and file sharing have never been easier.

Indeed

Whether you are looking for a part-time job during the school year or an internship in the summer, Indeed has you covered. Personally, I’ve found 3 jobs with the Indeed app. Indeed has everything from a stay at home jobs to internships for summer. With their awesome job review section, it’s pretty easy to eliminate jobs with a bad company culture. Indeed also allows you to upload your resumé and send it to hundreds of jobs.

Business Insider

Business Insider is one of my favorite apps on the list because of the value it brings to entrepreneurs. From articles about “10 traits rich people share, according to a man who studied millionaires for 5 years” to “8 habits of incredibly interesting people“. If you are serious about building wealth and learning something new every day then you should download their app immediately.

Fitness Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal

One of the worst fears of any incoming freshman is the “freshman 15“. As college students we tend to eat anything that’s not nailed to the floor. Eating becomes one of your favorite activities next to napping and binge-watching Netflix shows. Those three are a terrible combination if you don’t want to gain massive weight. This is where MyFitnessPal’s calorie counter comes in handy. Simply take a picture of the barcode and the app will track your calories.

Dictionary

No college app list would be complete without adding the dictionary application. The app is loaded with features such as audio pronunciations, voice search, and a thesaurus.

 MyHomework: Student Planner

Keeping track of assignments, papers, and exam dates become a difficult task throughout the semester. The feeling of falling behind or already being behind is a stressful feeling. Thankfully, we have apps such as MyHomework which helps with organizing and tracking assignments,classes,exams, and papers.  I frequently use this app because it has an amazing calendar which is color-coded by class.

Freelancer

If you are in need of money and don’t want to get a job on campus consider freelancing. Freelancing could mean typing a blog post, creating a website, or testing a new app. If you have any skills with technology or social media, Freelancer is the app for you. It’s a great way to make money on the side.

30/30

If you’re the type of student that gets distracted very easily then this app was created for you. 30/30 is an app that helps with keep you focused and distraction free. One of the reviews in the app store stated “I (like other reviewers I’ve seen) have ADHD, and out of all apps and things I’ve tried, this is the only one so far that has kept me on task and actually doing the things I intended to do” which tells you the app works. Simply put in anything you need to do and how long you think it will take you to complete the task.

Apps make everything easier and college is no expectation. There are literally thousands of apps on the market that will make college easier, you just have to see which ones work better for you.

If you learned about a new app while reading this list, be sure to share it so all of your friends can learn about the app too!

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