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Essential Apps For Every College Student

Aug 27 2016 - 1:30pm

College may be a blast, but it certainly doesn't come without its stressors. Whether you're anxious about money matters, cafeteria food, or a heavy workload, we've rounded up the best apps to help you manage it all as you head back to school. Clear out space on your phone [1] and start downloading these ASAP!

Amazon Mobile

Whether it's the absence of a car, a lack of local retail options, or just a classic case of laziness, it's not always easy to shop near your campus. Use the Amazon app [6] (free) to browse and shop all your necessities in a quick, convenient way.


Worried about blowing your budget? Use Mint [7] (free) to manage all your money in one place. View all your accounts — checking, savings, credit cards — and automatically add and categorize your transactions, all within the app.


The iHomework app [8] ($1) makes organization a cinch. Use it to keep track of assignments, readings, courses, teachers, and schedules. Even better: you can set alarms for your homework and be notified of upcoming deadlines.


Even if you’re not much of a foodie, you’ll want to download Foursquare [9] (free). The app lets people leave reviews and helpful hints like where there’s free WiFi, the passwords, and more.


Pen and paper? So 2009. Try the Notability iPad app [10] ($1) for note-taking, PDF annotation, typing, and recording. Customize the look with a variety of "pen" colors and paper styles, then add in links or photos. The coolest feature: if you remember the context of your scribbles, the audio recording capability allows you to tap a word to hear what was said at that moment.

The Photo Cookbook: Quick & Easy

Sick of the same old cafeteria food? Give yourself the gift of home cooking with The Photo Cookbook: Quick & Easy app [11] ($5). All the recipes are easy to prepare, and even beginners can follow the directions, thanks to step-by-step, high-resolution photos.


The Saviry app [12] (free) is a great way to find deals on electronics, clothing, groceries — you name it. Users can vote for the best deals and follow friends to see what goods they like. Deal notifications are customizable to suit your interests, and you'll also have access to coupons, contests, and sweepstakes.


Get ready for coffee-fueled all-nighters with the Starbucks app [13] (free). Use your iPhone to order and pay for your drink, find locations, check out nutrition details, and receive special offers.

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

Stay healthy despite the junk food, late-night study-session pizza, and cafeteria food by tracking what you put in your body with the Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal [14] (free). The calorie counter includes over 1.5 million foods, 350 exercises, and a free barcode scanner to help you find just about any brand of food. Add friends to support each other's healthy-living efforts.


With deals on restaurants, spas, and events in over 500 cities, the Groupon app [15] (free) is a no-brainer for penny-pinching college students.

Good Morning Alarm Clock

Make mornings more pleasant with Good Morning Alarm Clock [16] ($4). This clock tracks how you sleep and tries to wake you at the right moment. It also lets you know just how well you're sleeping and can even play peaceful sounds to put you to sleep.

Square Cash

Your friends can pay you back in seconds with Square Cash [17] (free). Unlike Venmo, the money you pay or request goes directly into your bank — no need to remember to transfer it!

The Best Apps For College — and Beyond!

Ah, college — the dining halls, the cramped-but-cozy dorms, and the smell of fresh textbooks — never loses its charm. But those four years are far from being a walk in the park, so we've found a few digital friends to help students get to graduation. There's an app to help you finish that research paper in the eleventh hour [18], pass Calculus [19] (and a dozen other classes) with flying colors, and actually commit tough vocabulary words [20] to memory.

These mobile downloads for iOS and Android aren't just for campus either. Once you're a working girl, you'll turn to these apps again and again. Watch the video to see these homework helpers in action.

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