Free Apps to Help Around Campus

Being a student can be stressful! Thankfully, smart phones offer thousands of shortcuts to make sense of the craziness of college life. Here's our list of free apps that can help make your life on campus a little bit easier.
 

Translations

No matter how good your German is, you're going to need a translator at some point. Pons and Leo are two of the best dictionary applications for German-English translations. The app is fantastic for clarifying different vocabulary words, as well as expanding your German vocabulary. If a translation isn't available, there are also discussion forums available to discuss the untranslatable.

For more complicated translations, dict.cc and linguee are fantastic resources. The developers of the dict.cc app also allow you to download the entire German-English dictionary on to you phone, which can be a lifesaver at the end of the month when your data runs out. Both linguee and dict.cc also give you access to full phrase translations, which gives you the context for individual works and a better chance of using them in their correct idiomatic sense.

Study Helpers

Self Control for Study can help keep your mind on the task at hand, be it a project or lecture, by blocking the internet connection on your phone. While phone calls and texts are still able to go through, time-wasting apps like WhatsApp and Facebook won't function. 

Information

iMensa provides students will 550 meal plans in over 180 cities. Once you find your specific cafeteria’s plan, you can also download it to access with or without internet. Ask around your university if there is an app specifically for your school, as is the case with the University of Siegen.

Finances

Student Budget Planner allows you to keep your finances organized by labeling your income (side jobs, parents, financial aid) and your expenses (rent, gym membership, phone bill) in a clear format. This gives you a clear picture of how much you will have left at the end of the month!

Travel

If you're watching your budget, you'll definitely need the Busliniensuche app, which allows you to compare the costs of different long-distance coach services. Prices can often vary wildly, and it's great to have one platform to compare. 

 

It's also a good idea to do a search in the app store of your university, because you never know what you will find. Many german universities have course listings, bus schedules, cafeteria plans, and all kinds of information available via app.