Companion If you’ve ever felt uneasy walking home alone at night, you’ll appreciate this safety app, created by University of Michigan students. Companion connects users to a friend in their contact list to virtually accompany them home. If the user veers off path, starts running or is pushed, the app asks if the user is okay. If the user doesn’t respond, it sounds a very loud alarm, notifies your “companion” and gives you the option to call the police. Free.
Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) Touted as the “World’s Most Annoying Alarm App,” Alarmy is the non-morning-person’s saving grace. The app allows you to ‘register’ a room of your choice and then requires you to snap a picture of that room in order to shut the alarm off. (Alternately, you can also shut it down by shaking your phone a designated number of times.) $1.99
Pepperplate When you finally realize a constant diet of KD and rice cakes is no way to live, you’ll be glad Pepperplate is a thing. The app automatically syncs with all your devices and helps you create recipes, menus and grocery lists. Schedule all of your meals for the next week or month, and plan a dinner party that will have your guests saying student living whaaaaat!? Free.
Coursera For the keeners, entrepreneurs and life-long students out there, Coursera partners with top universities worldwide (including the University of Toronto and McMaster University) to offer hundreds of free courses for all. The app covers dozens of subjects, from music to engineering. Because knowledge=power! Free.
Any.do Do you ever add everyday tasks like “shower” or “eat dinner” to your to-do list just for the satisfaction of crossing them off? Yeah… you’re going to like Any.do. Go nuts with daily planners, subtasks, notifications and alarm reminders that sync across all devices. The Share and Delegate feature lets you coordinate with classmates or colleagues, and the Action shortcuts allow you to call, text or email without leaving the app. Free.
Drunk Mode This handy little lifesaver will look out for you during those rare times when you’ve had too much to drink. It hides select phone contacts for up to 12 hours, finds you a safe ride home and allows you to track your squad via GPS. It also has a “Breadcrumbs” feature, which can help you piece together a blurry night. Free.
StudyBlue Meet your new best friend come exam time—StudyBlue boasts the largest library of online study resources in existence, on a massive range of subjects. Create or use existing mobile flashcards, study guides and quizzes. You can also share study materials and course notes with classmates. Free.
Nudge There will come a time when you’ll want to start functioning as an adult person, and Nudge will help you with that. The master app syncs all of your health trackers to monitor your diet, exercise, sleep cycle, energy levels and more. It then rates your lifestyle (from 1 to 110) and offers helpful, non-naggy feedback for raising your score. Because health advice is way easier to swallow when it comes from your phone and not your mom. Free.