7 apps if you’re starting university

07 Jul 2021
By Hazel M., Freelance writer, journalist and total bookworm at Unite Students
Starting university can be stressful enough, so make the process a little easier by downloading these seven apps.

From virtual mind-mapping to saving cash, there aren’t a lot of things today where you can’t say ‘there’s an app for that’.

Thankfully, this means that managing that transition into student life can be made a little easier, with the help of a little technology.

The best part? Most of them are free (but even the ones you have to pay for won’t break the bank).

So, which apps should you download first? There are a lot of apps out there, so I’ve highlighted some of the top ones to help you get started.

1. bSafe

While university is a great time to find yourself and become more independent, you do need to make sure you’re looking after yourself, too.

And that means making sure that you have a plan if you find yourself in an unsafe situation, whether you’re walking home late at night or meeting new people for the first time.

Luckily, bSafe is here to help. This app has a multitude of features all designed to help you put contingency plans in place, from allowing friends to follow you on a map to sending an SOS signal to emergency contacts when you press a button or say a certain phrase.

You can even have the app simulate a phone call, giving you an excuse to leave if you’re in an uncomfortable situation.

Cost: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS

2. SimpleMind

Want to be able to scribble your thoughts down and do it without having to hunt out the paper and pens?

SimpleMind is a mind-mapping app that allows you to draw mind-maps on your phone, as if you were doing it by hand. And the best part is that you can even expand and collapse branches, so everything is super organised when you go back to it later.

While not everyone’s preferred way to study, it can be a huge help if you’re a visual learner and is totally free (though you can pay for even more advanced features within the app, too).

Cost: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS

3. SoundNote

If you’re someone who struggles to listen and take notes at the same time during class, SoundNote could be exactly what you’re looking for.

This will record your whole lecture onto your Mac or iPad so that, when you go back to look at your study notes, you can just tap a particular word and it’ll take you straight back to that part of the recording, so you can listen to that section of the lecture again.

You can even create diagrams and drawings, as well as transfer all of your notes by email or Airdrop later.

Cost: £4.99

Platforms: iOS

4. CheggPrep

This make-your-own-flashcard app is ideal if you need help with revision. From flipping through your cards on the train to memorising them in your work lunch break, it’s a great way to revise from pretty much anywhere.

You can create your own or tap into the 500 million flashcards which have already been created and could be relevant to your course.

What’s not to like? Start testing your knowledge now!

Cost: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS

5. Sleep Cycle

Keeping up with your sleep is so important when you’ve got big exams coming up (or even just to stay on track with your general health).

Luckily, Sleep Cycle will help you track your sleep for free. It even analyses your sleep and helps you wake up at the perfect time, when you’re closest to being awake, so those early morning lectures aren’t nearly as painful as they usually are.

You can also set specific snooze times, so you can keep going back to sleep until you’re ready to roll out of bed. 

Cost: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS, Huawei

6. Mint

Mint is a money-management app that helps you keep on top of your finances and money goals.

From monitoring your financial health to help you save even with an overdraft, it’s perfect for anyone who struggles with managing money at uni.

One of the best things about this app is that it’ll connect to all of your bank accounts too, so you can access everything in one app.

Cost: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS

7. MyUnite

MyUnite is the must-have app for any students living in Unite Students accommodation. Whether you’re using it to connect to your new flatmates or login to do your laundry, it’s got everything you need to make that smooth transition into life with Unite.

We highly recommend everyone living with us downloads this app and makes the most out of the great features it has to offer, so you have everything you need at the click of a few buttons.

Cost: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS

To find out more about MyUnite, click here.

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