Since we exist in a smartphone reliant era, your phone has become more than just a tool that connects people. There are phone apps for pretty much everything you can think of, from apps that help you book hotels, to apps that help find your soulmate. As a university student however, you are probably thinking ‘are there any apps that are helpful for me?’ The answer is, yes! We found eight apps that will make university life a little easier.

  1. Evernote: (free app)

This student friendly app offers many features to enhance a student's classroom experience. The app allows you to make notes and attach documents to that note, create to-do lists, and capture and save images, all in one account. Evernote is like your one stop shop for everyday study tools.

  1. Scribd: (30 day free trial, $9.99 monthly fee)

This app is like your own personally customised online library. Scribd allows you to access over one million books ranging from works of fiction, to audiobooks, documents and academic textbooks. The availability of a wide array of books can be quite useful especially for students wanting to carry out project research. The only deterrence with Scribd is that it has a monthly fee of $9.99, therefore, students might have to do a cost-benefit analysis before downloading this app.

  1. EasyBib: (free app)

All university students face a common nightmare, besides exams, and that is creating citations!! EasyBib makes this daunting task very easy. It allows you to create references just by scanning the barcode of any book using your camera phone. Not only that, it can create references in MLA, APA and Chicago styles.

  1. Toshl Finance: (free)

Budgeting is a key aspect of every international student’s life. It can also be one of the hardest things to manage. Toshl Finance helps you budget and keep track of your spending. It also helps you stay on top of your bills by sending you reminders for when your bills are due.

  1. MealBoard: ($3.99)

As an international student, you will quite likely be missing the meals that were prepared for you at home; and eating out all the time would put a considerable dent in your budget. In such situations students need to don a chef’s hat themselves. MealBoard is an app which allows you to manage your meal preparation, prepare grocery lists and even generate recipes using only the ingredients you have at your current disposal.

  1. Duolingo: (free)

Whether you’ve opted for a language major or are just looking to brush up your linguistic skills, this app can help you with both. Duolingo offers tutorials in a wide variety of languages including Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and English. The app is quite interactive and fun to use.

  1. StudyBlue: (free)

This app can be quite helpful when it comes to revision during exams as it allows you to make customised flash cards on numerous topics. The app also allows its users to share their notes, and view notes of other students as well. For example, if you are having trouble with your chemistry exam, you might find helpful notes from other students on this subject.

  1. Circle of 6: (free)

A majority of the international students live by themselves, miles away from home and protective adult supervision. If you are not used to being on your own, you may want to consider getting this app. The Circle of 6 app aims to promote student safety and prevent violent acts before they can materialize. The app lets you choose a circle of six of your closest friends to whom you can send an instant distress signal in an emergency. The in-built GPS tracker will also instantly inform your friends of your whereabouts.

About the Writer: Mariam Khawer is an Accounts and Finance graduate with a passion for the creative arts.