The life of a student in the UK is an incredibly rewarding experience – but it can have its hassles too. When not studying, eating out or socialising, students have three main preoccupations – transport, financial management, and sorting out coursework. So we’ve come to your aid with a quick list of apps that help you work better, get to where you want to go, and look after those pounds and shillings.
UK Traffic Pro1: Are you driving to university or your part-time job, by any chance? You might need to if you’re far away from the city centre. If you’re braving the motorways, you need this loyal companion. UK Traffic Pro will get you out of the gridlock by forewarning you when things aren’t going according to plan. It keeps you abreast of traffic accidents, roadworks and even speed cameras. With a live news feed and route planner, this will help you get to your lecture in double quick time.
Citymapper2: Put simply, City Mapper makes cities useable. It gets you from point A to B on public transport in the best way possible. Forget about poring over individual bus maps, Tube timetables and train schedules. Plan your journey from an integrated dashboard where bus, cycle, ferry, tube, rail and tram are all considered and combined. After all, it’s not so much the journey as the destination when you’re a student – because time is very much of the essence.
Mint3: If you’re a student, budgeting probably doesn’t come naturally. After all, the all-nighters, lectures, and socialising are more rewarding. But it hurts when there’s nothing left in the pocket mid-week. Don’t worry; we’ve found a solution. Mint is a handy, free app for iOS and Android that helps you manage money, create a budget and track your spending. It even displays helpful graphs and pie charts when you can’t quite figure out where your last 100 pounds have disappeared.
ATM Hunter4: Sometimes, cash is king – particularly when you’re trying to grab a cab. The iOS ready, MasterCard built ATM ensures you can find the nearest ATM in the wall so you always have a little stash for tipping and cabbing. While it doesn’t have a real-time map as much as general directions, it’s worth it – because withdrawing a crisp 20 GBP note might just get you home.
Reading and assignments
Scribd5: Let’s face it; books are expensive. So welcome to Scribd. This digital documents library unlocks the world’s largest collection of e-books, written works and even sheet music. 400,000 titles are at your beck and call, including literary classics and genre leaders. The app is free to download, but you’ll need a GBP 8.99 membership to get full access. It’s a small price to pay for being able to get your hands on that sociology text on the bus when you’re on the way to class. And when you want to relax, there are even some 10,000 comics to choose from. It’s your own personal library in your pocket.
Dropbox6: Work on more than one personal computer? Do yourself a favour, and get the Dropbox app – available across most platforms. A free basic account gives you 2GB. Dropbox syncs files across all your computers and mobile devices. So if you made copious notes in class and then dropped your laptop in the mud – fear not! Your files will be waiting on your desktop at home.