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11 best free apps for college students


In my previous post, I suggested a list of the best smartphone apps for study abroad. You can read it HERE. This post offers a list of the highly recommended best free apps for college students to have. Not to mention, you can easily download them for free! These apps will help you tremendously during your (exciting yet stressful) college years, whether it’s to take better notes, study smarter, be aware of important deadlines, or keep track of your spending and stay healthy.

  1. Dropbox
  2. Dropbox
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    Dropbox is a cloud storage app that allows you to easily upload and share files, documents, photos, and videos online. It also syncs files among various digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Thanks to Dropbox, now you won’t have to worry about losing your tiny USB that contains all your hard work 15 minutes right before it’s due!

  3. Studyblue
  4. Studyblue
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    Studyblue is a great app to help you study for upcoming exams and quizzes. Creating flashcards by hands can take a long while (not to mention you may accidentally lose or forget them). Studyblue not only let you create and search for flashcards and quizzes, but it also connects you with other students studying the same subjects as you are.

  6. Anydo
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    College can be quite overwhelming, especially when you’re involved with different extra-curricular activities and internships while trying to keep pace with your academics. is a very handy app that allows you to create to-do lists and better organize your busy schedule. You can prioritize the tasks, and mark (or even shake to remove) completed tasks.

  7. EasyBib
  8. EasyBib
    Source: Ohio State University
    You’re going to write a lot of essays in college, regardless of which major you choose. For the majority of time, you’re going to have to compile a bibliography or citation list for these essays. EasyBib saves you a lot of time by automatically generating the citation for your sources. All you need to do is scan the barcode of the book or enter a title, choose from MLA or APA format, and copy the citation into your essay!

  9. SelfControl
  10. SelfControl
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    A genius app that let you block certain websites and apps for a particular period of time so you can really focus on your study. Let’s be real here, we -college students- are often distracted with social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat. A 15-second pause to check our FB newsfeed or Instagram can turn into 15 minutes of distraction. And don’t get me started on “spending just 10 minutes watching YouTube videos” because that can turn into hours of procrastination. To avoid such online distractions, SelfControl lets you set how long you want to block certain websites or apps. Just beware though: even if you finish your work early, you still can’t access the blocked sites until it reaches the set time!

  11. Studious
  12. Studious
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    Worried that you’re going to forget an upcoming assignment or quiz? Fear no more. Studious is designed to help organize your class schedule. Simply add in the classes that you’re taking, create a timetable, and edit your homework, assignments, quizzes and exams schedules.

  13. Mint
  14. Mint
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    Mint is a great money management app that lets you plan and track your expenses. It even allows you to view and pay your bills and offers free credit score. It’s always good to keep track of your spending and finance, especially in college when you need to know your budget food textbooks, food, clothes and other amenities. After all, you don’t want to have your credit card declined when purchasing something important because you already used up all your credit limit!

  15. Venmo
  16. Venmo
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    Venmo is an app that links your smartphone with your bank account and makes it easier for you to pay back money to friends without having to use cash. I find this extremely useful when dining out with friends, because now you won’t have to deal with splitting the bill among 15 different people in cash. One person can take charge to pay the bill and everyone else can easily pay him/her back through Venmo.

  17. My Fitness Pal
  18. MyFitnessPal
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    MyFitnessPal is an app that allows you to track your daily calories intake based on your diet and exercise and set fitness goals for yourself. When you’re presented with tons and tons of delicious food in college (e.g. All-You-Can-Eat restaurants, unlimited dining hall food, free food from club meetings and events), it’s always beneficial to have a digital food/exercise journal to keep track of your daily calories intake. Remember, Freshman 15 is real and can be scary if you’re not aware of it!

  19. Circle of 6
  20. Circle
    Source: Greatist
    Circle of 6 is a brilliant and highly recommended app that helps you to stay safe and avoid sexual assaults and other violences. It can be quite scary walking back to your dorm by yourself at night, especially when there are multiple dark empty alleys on the way. With Circle of 6, you pick 6 people to be in your circle and help check in on you and stay connected. These 6 people can be anyone – your friends, significant other, parents, relatives – they just need to be people that you can count on.

  21. TED
  22. Ted
    Source: Engadget
    I’m a big fan of TED talks. The majority of TED speakers are all influential and incredible people, willing to tell their stories and share their experience. TED talks’ topics range from business, technology and science to art, literature and other global issues. Now you can easily watch these inspiring talks straight from your phone through the app!

Are you using any of these apps? Which ones are your personal favorites? Any other apps that you think should be on this list? COMMENT BELOW!

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Hue La

About Hue La

Hey there, I'm Hue (pronounced “huay”, not “hue” like how you would normally say it in English). I'm a USC graduate and traveler with 6+ years of study abroad experience in the U.S. I founded Study Abroad Corner with the goals of providing helpful advice and building a social network for fellow study abroaders around the world.

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