10 Apps a Student Shouldn’t Live Without

By on October 4th, 2021


There are a ton of apps now that can make student life easier, cheaper and even more fun! Whether you want help revising, taking notes, keeping fit or just being entertained, here’s our pick of the top 10 we think every student should have…

  1. Spotify

OS, Android, Windows 10 device, Mac OS computer, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 console / Free and Paid For Options

Whether you’re looking for a factual podcast to help with your course or just some music to help you study, Spotify is the perfect app. And, best of all, as a student you can benefit from 50% off the Spotify premium app for your whole time at university.

  1. Microsoft OneNote

Web application, iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows | Free

OneNote is a versatile digital notebook used by lots of students. It lets you generate separate notebooks for different subjects, which can be organised into sections, and further into pages. You can also highlight important ideas, record voice notes, make handwritten notes and doodles, and type out your lecture notes.

  1. OneDrive

Web application, iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows | Free

OneDrive is a student’s best friend! It helps to save space on your laptop and phone by keeping everything in one place. The app enables you to easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more – anywhere, on any device, for free. It’s perfect for group work or sharing your work with tutors.

  1. UNiDays

iOS, Android | FREE

UNidays provides access to a huge range of student discounts on everything from clothing to technology, music to stationery, food, drink and lots more. The app has partnered with big brands including ASOS, Apple, Spotify, Paperchase and McDonald’s and gives you instant access to student discounts at home and on the move. When shopping in-store, just flash your UNiDAYS ID at the till point to redeem your offer.

  1. Trainline

Web application, iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows | FREE

The Trainline app is a fast, easy way to organise travel on public transport whenever you fancy visiting home or enjoying an adventure. You can use it to book train and bus tickets right across Europe and it enables you to find the cheapest/fastest routes through its search and compare function.

  1. GoConqr

Web application, iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows | FREE

The perfect app for when those exam dates are creeping up on you. GoConqr transfers all your notes into flashcards, quizzes, slides, flowcharts and mind maps to make your life a little easier.

  1. Headspace: Meditation & Mindfulness

Android, iOS | FREE

Getting too stressed? Taking time to relax is just as important as putting in the hours of study. Meditation can be a great way to unwind as it relaxes and encourages focus, which will also help you when you get back to your studies.

  1. Grammarly

Android, iOS, and desktop | FREE

English is a tricky language at the best of times, so any app that can help make you a better writer as you write is a go in our books! Grammarly will help you improve your writing by reviewing your grammar, tone, and style and even give you tips and explanations as you go.

  1. Revolution Bar


This app is packed with some seriously boozy bits and good deals on food. It gives you an extra 60 minutes on top of Revolution’s regular Happy Hour and you’ll get 15% off food Sunday – Thursday, along with a range of ongoing student discounts.

  1. Circuit Laundry


Circuit laundry has become an essential facility at Downing Student accommodation and is now harnessing app technology to make it easier than ever to do your washing. The Circuit app is a revolutionary and convenient new way to pay for laundry. You can top it up in seconds, using PayPal or a debit/credit card and it works on both Apple and Android smart-phones. Simply scan a machine’s QR code and select your wash programme.

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