10 apps to survive uni life – are you ready?
The summer holidays have come to a natural end and thousands of students across the nation are heading back to university.
Whether you’re a ‘fresher’ heading off to uni for the first time or are returning for your second, third or final year, chances are you’re always looking for a helping hand when it comes to negotiating study, exams, your social life and gaining the edge in an increasingly competitive student job-market (both as a student and after you’ve finished formal study).
Here is a list of ten apps designed to make your student days a little easier (and more fun):
- Citymapper – Serving many urban centres such as London and others further afield, this wonderful app helps you navigate from A to B in the most effective means possible by presenting every method possible – giving you the cost, duration of travel and expected arrival time. No more getting lost in transit when meeting new friends and discovering new cities.
- Coople – Coople allows anyone, including students after a part-time position, to find on-demand work, matching them only with relevant jobs that reflect their skillsets, talents and preferences. Coople has a 98% match rate within four hours, so time-starved students can go from application to work in no time.
- STA Travel – Yes, of course, you’re at Uni to study but that doesn’t mean it has to be confined to the classroom. Travel is a great way to inspire and learn during the holidays or in a gap year. STA helps you tap into and immerse yourself in new cultures – there’s a wonderful world out there.
- Duolingo – Never let not knowing a language be a barrier to making new friends. Noted at Apple’s iPhone app of the year Duolingo makes learning a language – French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish and Swedish – easy and fun!
- VoucherCloud – We all like a bargain and to make our money go as far as possible. This award-winning app brings you the best deals, saving and offers from restaurants, brands, high street stores and supermarkets directly to your phone.
- Splitable – Harmonise your house – to avoid the monthly hassle of working out who owes who what in your student house, Splittable helps you split bills, track household expenses and manage shared expenses with your Uni friends.
- RefMe – This wonderful app generates citations by scanning book or journal barcodes and by searching by book, article, ISBN, URL and more. Perfect for when you’re writing essays, reports and other academic papers and when you want to focus on your own thoughts rather than how to reference someone else’s.
- Skyscanner – Many students, throughout their university years, have a desire to travel. With Skyscanner all information is directly at their fingertips – from browsing hotels, apartments and reading reviews about accommodation all over the world to booking flights and car hire.
- Dojo – A hip, clever daily and weekly guide of what’s going on in London from amazing restaurants and hidden shopping gems. Look no further when sourcing the best places to eat, drink and shop when in London (or Paris as it happens).
- Ted Talks – Whether your aim is to brush up on certain skill, be inspired by some of the world’s most remarkable people or procrastinate when studying, Ted Talks is a fantastic place to feed your curiosity and expand your knowledge on tech, science, psychology and much more – these talks will inspire you for a lifetime.
Of course there are 100s of other apps that students love, for example, Drunk Mode which prevents users ‘drunk dialing’ a selected number of contacts for a 12 hour period and shows you where you went last night amongst other helpful features, to Google Calendar which provides a central, generic planner for students to log lectures and study periods.
Whatever your preference or interest, there’s something here for everyone.
The evolution of apps – a short history
We have quickly amassed an arsenal of ‘can’t live without’ apps in a fairly short space of time. For some of us, these include: PokemonGo, Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Uber, Snapchat, Deliveroo, Bumble, Happy, to name just a few… For music buffs, there are apps like Spotify, Shazam, and Deezer, who position themselves as the number one site for listening to music on-demand, to Strava, GarminConnect and MyFitnessPal for the fitness bods.
Of course, only a decade ago we would not be having this conversation.
- 1980 to 1990: Apps, as we know them, didn’t exist. What’s even more entertaining is if you wanted to use a computer you had to book a slot at the library and BYO floppy disc to save your work.
- 1990 to 2000: For the majority, all interaction and communication was still mostly done face to face, via email (if at work where a computer was firmly attached to a desk and a mainline electricity wall socket), by post (remember those things called stamps?) and telephone – yes you’ve guessed it, the one that you had to pick up the receiver and dial! It was rare to know someone who had a mobile phone, these people were a rare breed – and a mobile was mostly used to make emergency calls only! Still no apps…
- 2000 to 2010: We see the launch of the first generation iPhone in 2007. A year later the app store launched and Apple had the monopoly. Now everything is different – apps need to be created for iOS, Android and Windows if you want to reach the broadest audience.
Student jobs with Coople
To receive job requests from Coople all you need to do is register as a Coopler and add the relevant job profiles for the type of work you are skilled in and looking for.