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Six apps to make your university life a little easier

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To help your life at university run a little smoother without breaking the bank, student Kathrine Schulze has rounded up and reviewed a few of the best free apps for students.

Kathrine Schulze

University is a big transition. When you have to juggle living away from home (for some), clinical placements, exams and coursework, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. Apps are an easy and affordable way to make sure you stay ahead of your to-do list. After all, as your phone is usually by your side 24/7 anyway, why not utilise it to help you achieve your goals instead of being a distraction from them?


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Available on: Android and iPhone

There are loads of list apps out there for the organised soul., I have to say, takes the cake in terms of simple list apps. If all you want to do is write down tasks for later in a clear format, this app is perfect. Write as many lists and subtasks as you want and look at them separately or all in one place. The only limitation is you can either place a task into the ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, ‘upcoming’ or ‘someday’ category, not specific days of the week, which is not a big problem, but if you want more freedom in the app there is a premium option - you’ll just have to shell out a bit of cash to get it.

Available on: Android and iPhone


Make those dreaded essays at least a little easier and faster with EasyBib. Just type or scan in the title of the book, journal, newspaper or website you’re using in your essay and EasyBib will find it and cite it for you. So simple, you are going to wonder why you have not heard of it before.

Available on: Android and iPhone

Mint; Wally

One of the biggest adjustments at university is taking care of your own finances. Whether you are still receiving money from your parents, financially independent, or a combination of the two, you’ll probably find that you need to budget your money more carefully than you did when you were living at home. There are two great, free options to help you achieve this: Mint and Wally.

The Mint app is free, but you’ll also have to register for an account at It syncs directly to your bank account, saving you the trouble of typing in how much you spend every time you use your credit or debit card. It also allows you to set up budget goals on that will sync to your iPhone, but it can incorrectly categorise spending and often overlooks purchases made with cash. If all you want is an easy way to simply check your spending, Mint is the way to go.

Wally is my favorite budget app by far, but it is more of a commitment. Also free, it lets you type or scan the receipt for every purchase you make. Although the scanning option can be unreliable at times there are a lot more categories to choose from and the entire app is beautifully designed. Further, you can set what your monthly income is as well as a monthly savings goal.

Mint available on: Android and iPhone

Wally available on: Android and iPhone

Microsoft OneNote           

If you prefer to use your computer for note taking try Microsoft OneNote. A great app for organising every class, it lets you have multiple ‘notebooks’ and ‘pages’, making it so you can have a separate place for every class, club and activity. The new audio recording function means you can record your lecture and take notes simultaneously. It’s perfect for organising separate units within a course and can be synced with multiple devices. Working on group assignments? You can share notebooks to let others edit your work.

Available on: Android and iPhone

These are not the only apps that are useful whilst at university, of course. Tell us what app has been a lifesaver to you during your time at university.

Kathrine Schulze is a current student and Nursing Times intern

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