Top 10 free apps for uni students
From study support to shaking up your social life, these are the 10 best, free apps to help you get the most out of life at uni.
Best app for … getting organised
Whether you’re planning your whole week or a group assignment, Wunderlist helps you keep track of what needs to get done through separate to-do lists, which you can tick off as you go.
Share lists with others, set handy reminders and sync the app between your phone and laptop to access your lists anytime, anywhere.
Best app for … storing your files online
This lets you access your uni files, photos and videos anytime and through any smartphone, tablet or computer. Giving you 15GB of free online storage, you can share your files and folders with others, and download them whenever you need.
Best app for … unwinding
Worrying about looming deadlines? Fretting over exams? Calm is a meditation app to help you relax, focus and sleep better. Recommended by leading psychologists and mental health experts, it helps to reduce anxiety and de-stress.
Best app for … distraction-free study
Distracted by Facebook? Constantly checking your Twitter feed? Endlessly scrolling Instagram? If you’ve answered yes to any of these, then for the sake of your assignments, you need SelfControl.
A perfect app for procrastinators, it blocks access to any websites you blacklist, for any specific period of time. Until then, you won’t be able to access the sites, even if you restart your computer or delete the app. Chrome users can also try the similar app, StayFocusd.
Best app for … living in a share house
The best bit of living in a share house at uni is sharing your home with your closest mates. The worst part is stacks of dirty dishes, a perpetually empty fridge and cleaning up after people.
OurHome is a nifty app that makes share housing easy; you can assign and schedule anything that needs to get done around the house, create grocery lists, and there’s a great chat feature to keep up to date with all the housemate goss.
Best app for … sleeping after screen time
Research shows that exposure to blue light from devices at night may affect your natural sleep pattern, delaying it by around an hour. So if you find it hard to fall asleep after working on your computer or being on your phone, f.lux is for you.
By changing the evening screen display on your computer to warm, not blue, f.lux helps you fall asleep peacefully at lights out. Use f.lux for your computer or iPhone – or download the similar app, Twilight, for Android.
Best app for … your love life
Missed connection in the hallways? Looking for a date on Friday night? The world’s hottest app has changed the way people meet – all you have to do to get started is find someone you like, and swipe right.
Best app for … broadening your horizons
Learn something new and pique your curiosity with powerful and inspiring videos from TED Talks. You can explore more than 2000 TED talks from expert and influential speakers about all sorts of topics from tech and creativity to education and psychology.
Best app for … your social life
It’s not all about work and study at uni – there’s always time to relax and let off some steam. The Happiest Hour brings you all your local ‘happy hour’ deals, food specials and trivia nights, so even if you’re low on funds you’ll find cheap and cheerful things to do with your mates.
Best app for … finding your way around campus
If you’re a Deakin student, you can get directions to a location at any campus with this handy wayfinding app. It’ll help you find your classroom, as well as essential facilities, services and cafes. If you’re offsite, the app will give you driving and public transport directions to get you to campus.
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