Imagine a world where you can't quickly find answers to questions just by calling on your trusted friend, Mr Google.
Imagine having to go to the library to dig out a dusty old book every single time you need to do some research.
Horrific...I know! How did our parents do it?
Fortunately, we were born at the perfect time where tech makes our lives a hell of a lot easier. Smartphones have changed the way we operate on a day to day basis meaning that we can rely on our pocket-dwelling, trusted, tech sidekicks at all times. But with so many different apps out there, how do you know which ones are any good?
We've put together this guide of our 12 favourite apps that will change the way you do things at university and make things a hell of a lot easier:-
One of the most annoying things about writing an essay has to be trying to understand the Harvard Referencing system to give credit to all the books and journals that you’ve sourced material from for your assignments. It takes nearly as long as writing the essay itself! Great news - this superb little app does the hard work for you! All you have to do is select your preferred referencing style, scan the barcode of the book or journal with your phone and it references for you. You can then email the references to yourself to quickly add to your work. Job done!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone & iPad CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FOR FREE AND FOR MORE INFO
Ever had that feeling that you’ve got so much to do that you don’t even know where to start? This app is perfect for breaking down that mountain of work and making it more manageable in the form of To Do Lists. Make a list of all your essential tasks and get through them one by one, ticking them off as you go. It’s much better than scrawling lists on scrappy bits of paper, which always seem to mysteriously disappear. On top of that, your virtual lists, will sync across all your devices including your phone, tablet, to a web browser version and even to a desktop version meaning that you can get access to your lists wherever you are!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire & the Web More Info
Sick of being late for lessons and keeping track of all your different modules on that overcrowded timetable on your bedroom wall? This great little app makes it much easier to keep track of even the most complex of academic timetables on the go. Now you will be able to get access to your timetable wherever you are on your iPhone and iPad. Now you just need to make sure you get your hungover ass out of bed in time! Android users looking for a similar app should check out Timetable.
PRICE: Free or upgrade to Pro for 69p PLATFORM: iPhone & iPad More Info
We couldn’t write a top 12 app list without including ourselves on here could we? Designed to be mobile and tablet friendly, Student Hut can be accessed on the go, through any internet enabled device. Whether you want to leave or read a review on a course module to help you make the right module choices, start a discussion or get help from your classmates, bag yourself a discount code for a meal out, find a great student job or browse our Jokes or Hut Stuff sections as the perfect light relief to those tough studies, we’ve got uni life covered under one roof!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: Mobile friendly - All internet enabled devices, Web App More Info
Ever been in a situation where your computer packs up or you misplace your USB stick and lose a load of your work? Dropbox is the perfect solution allowing you to securely store all of your work in the cloud. You can then access all your photos, documents and videos from anywhere, through a browser, the desktop add in or from your phone or tablet. This is also a great way to share any files, large or small, with classmates. You get 2 GB of space when you sign up (which is free!) and you can earn an extra 3GB of space by referring all your mates. Now, if you lose your phone/tablet or your computer breaks all your files will be safe and secure in Dropbox!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Kindle Fire & the Web More info
The Student Cook
Yes, Student Hut can get you great discounts on Takeaway food but you can’t order take-out every night and there are only so many Dr. Oetker oven pizzas you can have in one month. If you feel like having a crack at cooking yourself a decent meal then this is the app for you. It gives you loads of useful tips for cooking and is packed with tasty and affordable recipes. There is even a shopping list builder. Choose your meal and it automatically adds the ingredients to your shopping list! This app is £1.99 BUT that’s much cheaper than a cookbook!
PRICE: £1.99 PLATFORMS: iPhone & iPad More info
This app is superb for helping with assignments. It allows you to take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, add reminders to keep you on track with your work plus more. All added content is completely searchable and you can also use the Evernote web clipper to keep track of your online sources such as journals and websites. All your notes can be synced across the computers and devices you use so you will be able to get easy access whether you are at home, at uni or on the go. This will help you reduce your paper clutter too, so as well as helping yourself, you’ll be helping the environment!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows & the Web More info
This app is a must have for helping you in lectures. Open pdf or ppt lecture slides and annotate them in the app. You can also use the app to either handwrite or type lecture notes while simultaneously recording audio (just in case you can’t type quickly enough!) Great for sketching ideas, annotating documents, making a presentation or just taking notes. All your files can also be synced to Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote. This app costs £1.99 but it is definitely money well spent.
PRICE: £1.99 PLATFORMS: iPhone & iPad More info
Saving money is always going to be high on your priority list as a student. As well as making sure you check Student Hut for any discounts before making purchases, you should check out this superb app. Toshl Finance helps you stick to your budget – Just stick in your monthly budget and this FREE app automatically calculates your balance every time you add an expense or income. This great app also has cross platform functionality and will sync to all devices and to toshl.com.
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, the Web More info
If you’re a student who likes to create revision cards and example questions, then this app will change your world! As well as being able to create and customise revisions cards, you’ll also be able to get access to loads of useful StudyBlue notes. You can also answer example questions, do quizzes and keep track of how you’re doing with your real time assessment score. All notes, revision cards and quizzes can be organised and scheduled in your ‘digital backpack’ and you can also sync your notes with EverNote and share your study materials with classmates.
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone, iPad, Android & Web Apps More info
University isn’t just about work… This slick app pulls information and photos from your Facebook profile to create your Tinder profile. You can then browse the profiles of people in your local area. If you like then swipe right – If that person also swipes right on your profile then Tinder will let you know and you can send them a cheeky message. This viral little app doesn’t have the stigma of dating websites and is more of an addictive bit of fun than anything else. Plus, you never know, that hot girl that’s been ruining your concentration in lectures might just swipe right getting the ‘awkward intro’ out the way!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone & Android More info
This app is simply genius. Ever been on a night out and the DJ is banging out an absolute tune that you’ve never heard before? Simply whip out your phone and point the Shazam app at the speaker and within a matter of seconds the app will tell you the name and artist of the song so you can relive that club moment again and again from the comfort of your bedroom. It’s magic!
PRICE: Free PLATFORMS: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Blackberry & Nokia More info
Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know which other apps you guys use in the comments below!