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10 Free Apps EVERY Student Should Download

In our recent study abroad survey, we asked 24,000 students like you about the types of apps they would use during their studies and time abroad. While there’s an app for almost anything (especially if you’re a student) we narrowed down your responses to the top five types of apps you’d choose during your studies abroad: 

  1. Finance / budget planning apps
  2. Time management / scheduling apps
  3. Study apps
  4. Language learning apps
  5. Travel planning apps

From this list, we created the five student personas – the Bargain Hunter, the Agenda Planner, the Book Worm, the Language Lover, and the Jet Setter – and did a little research to find out which apps each type of student would love the most. And, since students are always trying to save a little money, all of the apps are available completely free of charge. 

Below is our list of ten apps every student should download – and they’re all free!

The Bargain Hunter

If you eat all of your meals in the dining hall (no exceptions!), rent or buy textbooks secondhand, and have a strict loan repayment plan post-graduation, you might be the Bargain Hunter. The best app for you will help you track your spending, create a customized budget, and see all your transactions in one place. 


Splitting costs is an inevitable part of being a student. Whether you’re splitting the bill at your favorite on-campus restaurant or dividing the rent between you and your housemates, things can get messy without an app to keep track of it.

Splitwise is great for students because it takes the awkwardness out of paying friends back for shared costs. Simply log the expense in the app and when you’re ready to settle up, you’ll see exactly how much everyone owes!

Perfect for trips, housemates, friends, and family, Splitwise makes it easy to share the costs.

Available on: iOS, Android, and web


For students who really want to save money and prepare to start paying off student loans, Mint is one of the most popular budgeting tools. When you connect your accounts to the app, you’ll get a complete picture of your finances and help creating different types of budgets.

Because Mint automatically categorizes your spending, you’ll find out exactly how much you spent on fast food last month or what your friends actually owe you for drinks from the other night.

You can also plan for big goals in your future, like paying off your student loans or how to afford next semester’s textbooks.

Available on: iOS and Android

The Agenda Planner

Every student knows that missing a class (hint, sleeping in) is a real possibility that happens to the best of us. That’s why the Agenda Planner makes an effort to keep their schedule organized and easy to manage. The best way to do that is with a time management app that you can access anytime, anywhere (even when you’re running late).

My Study Life

My Study Life is the perfect online replacement for the paper planner you’ve been carrying in your backpack for all these years. The calendar function of the app was built with students in mind, and can help you keep track of classes that conflict with exams, rotation schedules, and how long your class will last in the semester or academic year. 

With their task manager, My Study Life solves the problem of flicking through your paper planner trying to find that specific date you might have remembered to write down. Instead, pop a due date in to the app when you receive it, and the app’s dashboard will automatically remind you of upcoming tasks and events! 

Use the app to set reminders about upcoming classes, assignments, and more.

Available on: Desktop, iOS and Android

2Do app

Being a student often means juggling multiple activities beyond your coursework. The 2Do app helps keep track of everything you need to do and keeps it organized by categories. 

Divide your 2Do lists by course subject, club, or sports activity, or keep it simple and use it for making your weekly grocery list. Having all of your to-do lists in one place will make it easier to prioritize tasks and check off things you’ve completed. 

Stay on top of your busy student schedule with a simple-to-us list app like 2Do.

Available on: iOS, Mac, and Android

The Bookworm

If you have a favorite study spot in your school’s library, keep a highlighter and flashcards handy, and insist on carrying your textbooks to every lecture, you might be a Bookworm. While you’re clocking long hours in your study circle, your good grades make up for it! Study apps make your life even easier by putting study tools at your fingertips.

Quizlet flashcard app

The Quizlet flashcard app is a quick and easy mobile study tool that will help you prepare for that next big test, examination, or presentation. 

No matter what subject you’re studying, flashcards are an effective way to help your brain remember connections between two pieces of information. With the Quizlet flashcard app, you can create customizable flashcards – helping you remember the key pieces of information you need to ace your classes. 

If you’re running out of study time and need a study tool prepared for you, the app has a flashcard library with millions of pre-created flashcards available for free! Browse the library to find a deck in your subject area and start your revisions today. 

Available on: iOS and Android


Evernote is more than a note-taking app: It’s an organizational tool that keeps track of everything from lecture notes to bright ideas. 

Tired of rifling through notebooks and folders for the right notes? Organize your coursework and track due dates, type notes, scan your handwriting, and save related handouts, websites, and whiteboard pictures–all in one place.

Always forget where you save things? Search tags and text, even in photos of your handwritten class notes, and find all your study material synced across your devices.

Available on: Desktop, iOS and Android

The Language Lover

There are many reasons to learn a new language: travel, communicating with loved ones, or just the pleasure of learning something new. Whatever your level, a language learning app can help you progress. If your goal is to order a coffee on your next trip overseas or you’re nearly fluent and want someone to practice with, it’s never been easier from your smartphone.


Whether you’re preparing for a semester abroad or are minoring in a second language, Duolingo is a great way to learn a language. 

It’s a fun and addictive game-based learning platform where you earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Exercises are adapted to your vocabulary and learning style, and you’ll receive feedback immediately and tips for improvement.

If you’re looking for a fun, fast way to boost your language skills, a study has shown that just 34 hours of Duolingo are equal to 1 university semester of language courses! 

Available on: Desktop, iOS and Android


They say the best way to learn a language is by using it with native speakers, and HelloTalk delivers the ultimate language exchange. Learn a language, explore new cultures, and make friends around the world!

HelloTalk allows you to practice 100+ languages in their worldwide community of users. Connect with native speakers who teach you their language while you teach them yours! Chat via text, voice recordings, voice calls, video calls, and even doodles.

If you like learning by doing, HelloTalk will help you practice your language skills in a unique, authentic way.

Available on: iOS and Android

The Jet Setter

Apps for Students

Being a university student is complicated: Your class schedule may allow you to travel and see the world, but your wallet holds you back! Luckily, there are ways to travel as a student on a budget. Many apps for planning trips help you compare prices and work around your budget, so you can still explore the world without breaking the bank.


If you’re using that budgeting app to save for your next big trip or weekend away, don’t forget to download the ultimate travel planner. 

The Tripadvisor app provides millions of travel recommendations and reviews on hotels, must-do experiences, the best places to eat, and hidden gems. You can even stay within budget by using the app to compare low prices on hotels or flights. 

If you love exploring new places during your school breaks, plan ahead by saving restaurants, tours, and attractions on the Tripadvisor app.

Available on: Desktop, iOS and Android


Sometimes the best (and cheapest) way to explore a new place is by car! Hit the road with the Roadtrippers app and discover the coolest “off the beaten path” places along the way.

Discover millions of places like local diners and quirky roadside attractions and get inspired by one of their premade trip guides. Once you enter your destinations, the app will calculate trip time, mileage, and gas cost. It will also show you destinations along the way you didn’t even know about!

Available on: Desktop, iOS and Android