A Smart Guide for Students with Vodafone

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.

What’s more, all are available on the affordable Vodafone Smart prime 7 – an easy-to-use smartphone that’s full of top-notch features for just £80 Pay as you go – so from day one they’ll have instant access to everything they need, right at their fingertips.

1.  Cruising through coursework

image001Wunderlist, iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile | Free

At its most basic, Wunderlist is a simple to-do list, but when you start to dig deep it’s an almost life-changingly rich organisational tool that’ll have you streamlining your workflow like nobody’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.

image002Write or Die, iOS | £7.99

Need to get that monster essay done? The app version of the now infamous Write or Die tool will kill your writer’s block. Set it to ‘consequence’ 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.  Saving your pennies

image003UNiDAYS, iOS, Android | Free

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 – 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.

image004-3OnTrees, iOS, Android | Free

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.  Making new mates

image005Meetup, iOS, Android | Free

If you want to make new pals but your uni’s societies aren’t up to much, you need Meetup. It’s an international hub for creating, finding and tracking social gatherings, with local ‘meetups’ happening all the time in every part of the UK. What’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 ‘meetup’ about it! If you build it, they will come.

image006Patook, iOS, Android | Free

Still struggling to make new pals? University can be a bit ‘pot luck’ 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 it’s something a bit more romantic you’re after, check out the secrets behind the Lovestruck app.

4.  Letting your hair down

image007Spotify Party, iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile | Free (with subscription)

Planning the house party to end all house parties? You don’t want to be chained to the side of the room planning what song to play next. Instead, leave Spotify’s Party feature (found in the ‘Browse’ section) to it; it’ll ask you to choose a genre and set the mood using a sliding scale, and then it’ll go to work mixing tracks like an absolute pro.

image008Drinkaware, iOS, Android | Free

Not to sound like the boring grownups in the corner, but it’s easy to go overboard. Keep tabs on your alcohol intake with Drinkaware’s simple app, which will help you tot up units from a huge catalogue of known tipples. You’ll thank us in the morning.

image009The ‘smarter’ student’s phone

Vodafone Smart prime 7
Free from £16 per month including 250 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of 4G UK data

£80 Pay as you go

A stylish and super-slim smartphone for a ground-breaking price – the Vodafone Smart prime 7 is simple, easy-to-use and full of all the features you want from your mobile phone.

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