From coursework, dissertations and making new pals to how to stretch that student loan a little bit further, Vodafone (www.vodafone.co.uk) shares the essential apps students need ahead of the new semester.
Whatâ€™s more, all are available on the affordable Vodafone Smart prime 7 â€“ an easy-to-use smartphone thatâ€™s full of top-notch features for justÂ Â£80Â Pay as you go â€“ so from day one theyâ€™ll have instant access to everything they need, right at their fingertips.
1.Â Â Cruising through coursework
Wunderlist, iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile | Free
At its most basic, Wunderlist is a simple to-do list, but when you start to dig deep itâ€™s an almost life-changingly rich organisational tool thatâ€™ll have you streamlining your workflow like nobodyâ€™s business. With it you can add date-specific jobs, assign other people in your group to tasks, chat things through and even use hashtags to separate tasks into easily-searchable groups.
Need to get that monster essay done? The app version of the now infamous Write or Die tool will kill your writerâ€™s block. Set it to â€˜consequenceâ€™ mode and it will prod you to keep writing at a steady rate, or hit a certain word count by a certain time. If you start to slip it will begin deleting words from your work at random. Because fear is the best motivator!
2.Â Â Saving your pennies
One of the biggest benefits of being a student (aside from the qualifications, obviously), is your student discount! To make the most of it, and to help make your loan instalments go even further, install UNiDAYS â€“ a portal to savings across a wealth of brands and shops, both in-store and online. Just log in, browse for stores or brands, and you could start saving up to 50% the next time you splurge.
If your finances need a bit more of a serious going over, OnTrees is the way to go. The app (which also has a fully-featured desktop web version) securely plumbs into your bank accounts, letting you get a nice, clean view of all of your finances in one place. It then helps you plan budgets for every kind of expenditure, and (with a bit of learning) will automatically assign your real world purchases to the right pot.
3.Â Â Making new mates
If you want to make new pals but your uniâ€™s societies arenâ€™t up to much, you need Meetup. Itâ€™s an international hub for creating, finding and tracking social gatherings, with local â€˜meetupsâ€™ happening all the time in every part of the UK. Whatâ€™s more, Meetups can be incredibly specific. Want to find and talk with people who love that obscure 90s cartoon as much as you? Create a â€˜meetupâ€™ about it! If you build it, they will come.
Still struggling to make new pals? University can be a bit â€˜pot luckâ€™ in that regard. Why not take matters into your own hands with Patook? Think of it like a dating app but for platonic relationships; just sign up, create a profile, and see who wants to hang out.Or if itâ€™s something a bit more romantic youâ€™re after, check out the secrets behind the Lovestruck app.
4.Â Â Letting your hair down
Planning the house party to end all house parties? You donâ€™t want to be chained to the side of the room planning what song to play next. Instead, leave Spotifyâ€™s Party feature (found in the â€˜Browseâ€™ section) to it; itâ€™ll ask you to choose a genre and set the mood using a sliding scale, and then itâ€™ll go to work mixing tracks like an absolute pro.
Not to sound like the boring grownups in the corner, but itâ€™s easy to go overboard. Keep tabs on your alcohol intake with Drinkawareâ€™s simple app, which will help you tot up units from a huge catalogue of known tipples. Youâ€™ll thank us in the morning.
Vodafone Smart prime 7
Free from Â£16 per month including 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of 4G UK data
Â£80 Pay as you go
A stylish and super-slim smartphone for a ground-breaking price â€“ the Vodafone Smart prime 7 is simple, easy-to-use and full of all the features you want from your mobile phone.