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‘App’lying yourself

In the endeavor to make this resource a one-stop-shop we asked some of our real life recipients what apps helped get them through their first year at university.

All of these apps will be able to be found on both GooglePlay and Apple App Store, all you’ll have to do is search.

We’ve categorised them under STUDY, MONEY and HEALTH, and then a few other random ones our recipients told us to tell you about.


  • You bank’s app > keep track of your spending wherever you go
  • TrackMySPEND > track your accounts, budgets and bills
  • UNiDAYS > discounts galore
  • Pocket Expense > allows you to put in daily ingoings and outgoings (includes categories)
  • Daily Budget > a simple, easy and (they claim) fun way of budgeting
  • Centrelink > do majority of your Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY etc lodgements from your phone
  • Acorns > automatically invests your spare change
  • PetrolSpy > shows you the cheapest petrol in your area
  • Wallet > flexibly budget and track your spending
  • Student Edge > student discounts
  • Pocket Book > track all your expenses in the one spot. It sends helpful alerts when bills are due and provides a weekly summary


  • Stress Less > designed for New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) students to manage their stress and emotions – who says uni students can’t use it too?!
  • Eve > a top rated app for women who want to track their sexual health and all that goes along with it
  • 30 Day Fitness Challenge > workout at home, suited for anybody at any time. Designed by a professional fitness coach
  • Fitbit > track your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep, and set goals for yourself
  • RealizD > track and monitor how much you use your phone every day
  • Strava > a running and cycling GPS-based app
  • Smiling Mind > a meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life
  • Your health app on your phone > names will vary depending on if you have an android or iPhone, but it will come as standard so explore your apps if you haven’t already found it
  • Runtastic > reach your fitness goals and boost your running training, track your distance, time, speed, elevation, calories burned etc for activities like running, jogging, biking and walking
  • Headspace > meditation made simple, aims to teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day
  • HealthEngine > connects you with a health practitioner when you need it the most. Find and book a health appointment with a medico near you


  • UniCalculator > keeps track of your assessments throughout the university semester and calculates the marks you need to pass each unit.
  • LostOnCampus > don’t get lost on your way to class ever again
  • My Study Life > planning and organising study timetables
  • Quizlet > simple learning tools for revision – flashcards, games and quizzes
  • Google Drive > great for sharing documents with classmates on projects
  • Blackboard > quickly view updates to your courses and content
  • Cite This For Me > not an app, but a website that will allow you to reference correctly in the style you need
  • GoConqr > Make exams a breeze by using this revision tool to create flashcards, quizzes, slides, notes and mind maps. You can also browse other users’ notes, creating a collaborative learning experience
  • Class Timetable > Keep track of classes and add events to your week’s schedule with ease
  • KeepVid > to download video lectures
  • Essential Anatomy 5 > highly accurate, immersive and visually engaging – it’s great for medical referencing
  • Tiny Scanner > allows you to take a picture of your noted documents and develops it like it’s been scanned
  • SimpleMind + > organise information and topics in a mind map. If you’re a visual learner, this will be great for you
  • Evernote > Organize your work and declutter your life. Syncs your desktop and mobile devices, so your notes are always with you
  • Timeweave > automatically imports your university timetable and is a place where all your friends schedules are in one place
  • Google Keep > write notes, set reminders, share when you have a group task
  • Grades > the allows you to calculate what percentage you need to get in your final exams so you pass the subject
  • Slack > good for group assessment communication
  • Grammarly > make sure everything your submit is edited and proof checked correctly
  • MyBib > Generate bibliographies and citations quickly and accurately


  • Circle of 6 > This personal safety app lets you add friends to find them easily if they get lost on a night out. There’s also the option to send an instant call for help to your listed friends
  • Help Me > this app is from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. It’s not just for kids, but for people of all ages. It has a help me button, and will send a message to two nominated numbers in your phone telling them you’re in danger
  • SafeTrek > is a personal safety app for iOS and Android. Feeling scared? Open SafeTrek and hold your thumb on the safe button. Once you are safe, release the button and enter your 4 digit pin. In danger? Simply release the button and do not enter your pin. Your local police will be notified of your location and emergency.
  • bSafe >s a personal safety app designed to keep you and your friends safer 24/7. It’s packed with features for both everyday safety and real emergencies, making it the ultimate safety tool.
  • VithU > lets a potential victim skip through the number-punching. With two simple clicks, you can let your guardians know about your current location during your time of need.

Please note:

To the best of our ability and understanding these apps are FREE. None of these recommendations or listings have been paid for.
If you do not like the app, or do not feel comfortable with it on your phone we recommend you uninstall the app.

PS – if you have any great app recommendations for your fellow students, get in touch and tell us how it’s helping you.

This advice is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation, needs or goals. You should consider whether the advice is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.