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Top 10 Best Apps for Students You Need To Download


Being at university can be stressful. Between studying, meeting new people, living somewhere new, and attending lectures, sometimes you need a little more help. That’s why we’ve explored some of the best apps for students that will make your life at university that little bit easier.

We’ve split up our top 10 best apps for students into four categories: learning, finance, focus, and fun. Whether you’re looking for a way to manage your budget while at university or need a bit of help with studying, these are some of the best apps available for students.

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The Top 10 Best Apps for Students


Best Student Apps for Learning

1. Study Smarter

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

This bestselling app makes studying a whole lot easier. With in-built flashcards and explanations of popular topics, Study Smarter will make revision easier no matter which subjects you’re studying. You also have the ability to create your own flashcards and notes to enhance your study session.

2. Notion

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

This all-in-one planning app makes it easy to organise all of your study notes in one place. Create separate pages for all your subjects and categorise your notes for different modules, so you’ll never lose any of your work. You can also post images, other documents, and web links into your notes, creating rich notes for all your subjects.

3. Soundnote

Platforms: iOS (Mac and iPad)

Price: £4.49/$4.99

Ever finished a lecture and looked back at your notes only to discover that they’re completely unintelligible? This app is for you. Soundnote records your lecture while you take notes, and can link up what you’ve written to its place in the audio recording. This means you can click on a word and hear the corresponding portion of the lecture – perfect for if you’ve forgotten something (or if you zoned out during a lecture).


Best Finance Apps for Students

4. Emma

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

If you’re finding it difficult to stick to your meagre student budget, this is the app for you. Emma makes it easy to track what you’re spending, as it links directly with your bank accounts. You can set a budget and get weekly reports telling you if you’ve overspent.

5. Splitwise


Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Make it easy to split bills and expenses with Splitwise. If you’re living with housemates, this is an easy way to split things like groceries or household bills, but you can also use it if you go out to eat with friends.


Best Apps for Students to Help Focus

6. Forest

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: £3.49/$3.99

Struggling to concentrate during study sessions? Banish procrastination with this simple little app. Set a timer for your study session and watch a tree grow during that time. Each session you do on the app will add trees to your own personal forest – a visual reminder that you can achieve a lot in a short time.

7. Todoist

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

It can be hard to focus on individual tasks when you’ve got so much going on at university. This app makes it easy to organise your work, create reminders, and plan your study sessions so you’re the most productive. You can even add friends to your projects, keeping everyone on track during group work.


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8. Big Oven

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Cooking can be one of the most fun parts of the university experience – but not if you really don’t know what to cook. Thankfully, Big Oven is there to help you when you’re not feeling inspired. Give the app the ingredients you have on hand and it’ll give you a range of great recipes to try.

9. Picolo

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free

The perfect accompaniment to any party, Picolo is a fun game app that has you answering silly questions and performing crazy dares. Choose to play in teams to bond with your new friends, or play individually to make it more competitive.

10. Roadtrippers

Platforms: Desktop, iOS, Android

Price: Free, subscription available

Want to travel during your studies? This road trip planning app has everything you need to create an unforgettable trip. With it, you can plan stops on your trip, get accurate map directions, and discover exciting sights along your route. If you’re planning an end-of-year trip, this app has you covered.


So, these are our picks of the best apps for students. No matter what you need help with (whether that’s cooking or studying), these apps will make your university experience more rewarding.

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Abigail is a freelance writer specialising in higher education. She has lived in London and the Netherlands, and has a Masters degree in American Studies.

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