10 Essential iOS & Android Apps For University Students

College or university life can prove to be challenging for students. We all know how hard it can be to stay on top of things like waking up on time, finishing assignments, and maintaining a social life on top of all of that.

With tuition rates rising, you want to make sure you don’t waste any dollars on getting your education, and staying on top of things will help you to breeze through without a problem.

That’s why I’ve compiled this list of ten different apps that you might find useful, so hopefully, all of that college planning doesn’t go to waste. I’ve listed each item in countdown style, so bear with me, as I’ve saved the best for last!

Apps for University Students to Stay Study Focussed

10. Default apps

Let’s keep this simple. Most of the apps that we have on our smartphones generally come with certain tools that help keep you organized. Before you start to go out on your app store and eat up all of your storage space on your phone.

Default Apps

Take some time to take inventory of what apps can help you that are already pre-loaded on your phone. Take the calendar app, for example. This app can be an absolute lifesaver if you know how to use it properly.

For example, you can schedule your events, reminders, and even schedule miscellaneous To-Do lists throughout your week so that you stay on top of your agenda.

There are also tools that allow you to be alerted when certain events are coming up. So before you go out to look for other apps that will help you stay organized and on top of your deadlines, it may be a good idea to search your phone for what you already have.

9. Alarmy

After you’ve taken some inventory of what you already have on your phone as far as the apps that will keep you organized, the calendar and alarm clock is just about as far as it normally goes. If you find yourself constantly hitting the snooze button, let’s go on to the App Store.


Whether you’re on Apple or Android operating system, there are a plethora of apps that will help keep you organized. Although you might have an alarm clock, there are many tricked-out types of alarm clocks that you may come across in your App Store.

For example, it is effortless to roll over out of a good night’s rest and slap the snooze button on your traditional alarm clock that may be a default app on your phone.

Alarmy doesn’t allow this. It asks you to do small things to turn the alarm off like completing a puzzle to snooze the alarm, or completing a set of math problems in order to shut the alarm off. This sort of activity allows your brain to wake up and by that time you are awake enough to go ahead and get out of bed.

You know what they always say, “The early bird gets the worm.” These kinds of apps will help you be able to be an early riser – even if you are not naturally an early riser.

8. Tasty

With all that running around to do, it’s likely to get tiring, and that’s when your belly starts to grumble. How’s about making some quick and cheap meals?


Download the Tasty app for fast and easy budget-friendly meals. Usually, the recipes there involve 10 or fewer ingredients and are quick and easy to make. Bon appetite!

7. MeetUp / Facebook (groups)

You’ve got to have a social life, right? Think about downloading this app to form friendships with those who have similar interests.


You may also Facebook different groups that gather at your school for various social causes. This is a great way to boost your social life and also get involved in a good way at your college.

6. Audible

Audible is a great way to get some reading done while multitasking at the same time. For example, if you are cleaning your room and have a little while to listen to something educational, then why not do that?


Forego the music playlist track and listen to a good book that may allow you to delve deeper into your studies. It is also a platform that allows you to read both fictional and non-fictional, so whether it’s for an English class or history class, you’re sure to find something worth reading.

5. Student Beans

Most college students know all too well the impact a college education could have on their wallets. You have to spend most of your time in class, which could have an impact on your budget.


Student Beans aims to provide college students with instant access to student discounts for some of the top retailers in the country.

They also provide you with a Student Beans iD so that you don’t have to worry about having any issues getting your discount if you lose your physical student ID. No worries because you have your digital copy!

4. Duolingo

For those of you taking foreign language courses, the app Duolingo may be the perfect study tool for you. Play games that act as study material using various languages from all over the world. A few of the languages they offer are English, Spanish, French, and many more.


If you’re starting at stage zero, then this is the best place for you to start, in conjunction with your foreign language classes. DuoLingo also has interactive and fun competitive groups that act as a great motivator for you to learn new words and achieve higher scores to beat out your competitors.

Some groups even have stipulations for the number of points you have to have in order to join.

3. Amazon Prime Student

Most people are familiar with Amazon Prime and the benefit of having two-day shipping. But most people don’t know that they offer special discounts to students.

Amazon Prime Student

They offer a discount on the annual fee, and it is currently 50% off at $49 for the year. This includes many other benefits like free 2-hour delivery in select states. The standard free 2-day delivery, and also free delivery of groceries and home and health essentials.

2. ClassUp

This app is fully customizable with an interchangeable background. It is also in widget style, as it allows you to keep track of your classes by adding slots for each class and displays right on your home screen.


This particular app is highly rated as Editors Choice on Google Play and has over 500,000 downloads.

1. Your University’s Own App

So many of these apps offer one-dimensional things that you could do with apps you already have or a student website. App from your school is often the most overlooked app that you could install.

Most universities offer these apps as a way to help students keep track of their assignments and due dates. You may also reach out to fellow classmates or your teachers in regards to specific assignments that you might need help with or would like to discuss.

Final Words

I hope this list was helpful to you, as college life can be a little bit daunting at first.

You have to be responsible for managing all of your commitments and agendas on your own now.

Just remember the first part of all of this is waking up on time.


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