When it comes to balancing your studies, social life, health, work and home, all while adjusting to a new country and city, it’s worth looking into ways to remove some of the pressure and make your life a little less stressful. Thankfully, there are plenty of great apps designed for just that; here are the best free apps that will make your life easier.

Be Focused

Available on iOS

Download this app if you need a little extra help staying focused on study. The app uses the Pomodoro Technique, which separates work into 25-minute intervals with short breaks in between. Create tasks, set your breaks, and track your progress over the days and weeks. It’s a surprisingly effective way to turn those big study goals into a series of small victories.

My Study Life

Available on iOS, Android and web

The My Study Life app is the ultimate all-in-one study planner. You can plan your entire study schedule, add classes, check for class conflicts, track assignments and grades, set exam dates, receive notifications about upcoming deadlines, and much more. The best part about this app is that your data is stored in the cloud, meaning it easily syncs across all your devices so you can access it when you’re offline.

NextThere

Available on iOS and Android

Make getting to class on time easier by downloading NextThere. You can track your bus, train or tram in real-time, receive alerts about delays or trackwork, and share real-time tracking with your friends. The app covers all Australian capital cities, as well as the Gold Coast and regional Queensland.

UniLodge App

Available on iOS and Android

Using an app to organise your social activities can seriously make life that little bit easier. If you’re living at one of the many UniLodge locations around Australia, make sure you download the UniLodge app to ensure your UniLodge experience is the best it can be.

The UniLodge Resident Services Hub lets like-minded students stay in the loop with notices and alerts, be part of the action at various events, and get access to the latest information and local offers. It’s basically like a handy calendar containing all the best events and deals near you.

OneNote

Available on iOS and Android

OneNote is one of the most popular cloud-based note-taking apps for students. You can use this app as a digital notebook to record any thoughts and ideas that pop into your head throughout the day or to take notes during class. The app lets you type, handwrite, sketch, and draw your notes. You can also organise them, pin pages, share with friends, and sync across all devices.

Voice Recorder & Audio Editor

Available on iOS and Android

This is a handy app that lets you record lectures and turn them into text. By using the speech-to-text feature, lectures can become accurate transcripts that you can then upload to the cloud and share across social media platforms. You can record for as long as you need depending on your storage limit, and you can easily add your own notes to each recording.

Google Translate

Available on iOS and Android

This popular app is a must-have that can translate over 100 languages. You simply need to type, handwrite, speak, or snap a photo and let the app convert your text to whatever language you need.

Splitwise

Available on iOS and Android

This is the best app for keeping track of shared utility bills or splitting payments when going out with your friends. Splitwise can divide up household costs between you and your roommates, track expenses and anything owed, and make sure everything is paid on time. Everyone can log into the shared account to see their balances, and you can even set up alerts to let you know when you need to pay that important bill.

Headspace: Meditation & Sleep

Available on iOS and Android

Sometimes you need a little time to yourself to relax and de-stress. Headspace is a handy meditation app that aims to help you manage stress and anxiety through simple breathing techniques and daily exercises. Packed full of quirky animations and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s a fun way to refocus your mind. The Basics course is free and perfect for beginners. You can also subscribe and get access to hundreds of guided meditations to suit your individual needs.

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