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Must-have apps for students

Must-have apps for students

To be honest, we can’t live without our phones nowadays can we? So, we better use them as best as possible.

We all know the basic apps to use: Instagram, Twitter, Lightroom, Uber, a few games… however, there are some other not-so-basic apps that students should download ASAP.

First of all: discounts, discounts, discounts!!! One of the best privileges of being a student is the discounts you can have in many shops and restaurants around Birmingham (and the rest of the UK really). Sometimes you just need to show your card, but in the apps, you have additional discounts and online discounts – who would not want that?

  • UNiDAYS – UNiDAYS can almost be considered a basic one as well, one of the most famous free apps out there. You get discounts in fashion, beauty, technology, fitness, shoes, lifestyle, and finally my favourite – food and drink!
  • Student Beans Just like UNiDAYS, Student Beans has all the categories already mentioned but different options to choose from. The more discounts, the better!
  • Bullring Plus – The Bullring app is great to have discounts in stores around the shopping centre, and although it’s not only for students, not many people know about it and use it – but it can save you some pounds.
  • Your phone network app – You were probably advised about this one already, but normally your phone network provides benefits that will make you want to stay with the company, so they have apps that once again… give you discounts! For Three, for example, there is Wuntu which has discounts across many stores and products, and for O2 there is O2 Priority that not only gives you discounts in food for example but also provides you with priority over other people when buying tickets for concerts or when entering concert venues.
  • VoucherCodes and Groupon  Two different apps that, although not limited to students, have loads of vouchers and discounts for you to use.

Everyone says the time spent at university are the best years of our life, and I don’t doubt that (at least until now). The truth is, us students love to keep memories of our favourite moments in the most original ways possible.

  • 1 Second Everyday – I’ve discovered this app very recently, and the name says it all: One second every day. The concept is for you to film one second of your day every day for the period of time that you wish, and the app will create a nice video for you showing all your videos (or photos, since that option is also available) together. I started my 1SE on the first day of 2019 and my goal is to do it for a year to then watch all the memories, and all the changes of the year.

Finally, something that students will need to think about, preferably a little bit before their graduation: Jobs! It is something that stresses us all, but that we do need to think about. Therefore, I thought it would be perfect to recommend these apps:

  • LinkedIn Jobs – We all know LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, almost like a virtual networking event. LinkedIn Jobs, on the other hand, just makes your search for a job much easier as it will showcase the job vacancies according to your preferences for job and location. You just need to open the app and the jobs will be listed and ready for you to have a look.
  • Duolingo – This one will not show you available job vacancies, however, it can potentially increase your chances to get the role desired. Duolingo is an app where you can easily learn a language such as German, Greek, Chinese, well you name it really… and it’s totally free to use. It’s that easy to acquire such an important skill in today’s world.

These are all apps that I use myself so I can guarantee they are great, especially for students trying to get an extra discount, to have memories saved in an original way or to search for jobs. Hope it helps you as much as it helps me!


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