5 Apps Every College Student Should Download

Looking for a vegan restaurant for lunch? There’s an app for that! Hoping to find the perfect beach day playlist? Guess what, there’s also an app for that! In today’s world, there is an app for just about anything you want to accomplish, and this is especially true for college students. Whether you need to keep distractions to a minimum or need help with making flashcards for that next big exam, there’s an app to help you out. Check out the 5 best iOS and Android apps that college students everywhere should download today.


If making flashcards is your best study method, check out the Brainscape app. You can easily create flashcards using the app, share them with your study buddies, and sync them to multiple mobile devices. There are even premade flashcards already on the app’s database for certain courses and exams. For example, if you don’t have time to make your own cards for the upcoming GRE test, you can find some already prepared for you on Brainscape. 

CliffNotes Study Guides

Not many college students can find the time to read, even if it is for a class assignment. This is where the CliffNotes app comes in handy. Not only will you find study guides and summaries to classic pieces of literature, there are also guides for exams like the MCAT, GRE, and GMAT for graduate students. Even high schoolers can access CliffNotes to help them prepare for that next English Lit test next period.

Chegg Books

Most people don’t realize how expensive college textbooks can be until they are browsing through the bookstore. This is the largest source of used books available, and they will be highly discounted since they aren’t brand new. You can easily search for the book title and edition on the mobile app. You can even sell your books on Chegg once your course has finished and you know longer need the bulk textbook. All you have to do is check the Chegg database to see how much it is worth, and if you are happy with the price you package it and send it to the given address.


“Just Venmo me” is common phrase in every college student’s life. Venmo is the new PayPal; it is the easiest way to manage your money, pay your buddy back for that pizza last weekend, and split costs between a large group of people. Essentially all you have to do is download the app, create a profile, and link your bank account to start spending and receiving money. The mobile app is easy to use and gives you and your friends no excuse for not paying each other back.


This may not seem like a college student essential, but Spotify will turn your music world upside down. It is easy to find both a study playlist and a party one at the drop of a hat. You can share playlists with your friends, and there is even a significant discount for Spotify users who are students if you want to download the Premium version.

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