We can’t be tamed when it comes to our phones. Whether we’re Snapchatting ugly selfies or killing time before class on Facebook, we’re all about that app life. Most apps can be total productivity killers (shoutout to everyone who is still active on Candy Crush), but some can actually make life easier — especially as a student!
NYU Events. Developed by a student at an NYU hackathon, this app helps you navigate the millions of events that happen at this school every week. Ok, maybe not millions, but there are hundreds of clubs and organizations at NYU alone. With NYU Events, you can search and RSVP for events, and add them to your calendar with one click. Also, real talk: it’s sooooo pretty.
NYU Bus Tracker. If you call dorms like Gram or Laf home, chances are you basically live on the NYU bus. Thankfully, this student-designed app uses real time bus locations and scheduled bus times to track every line for you. Not to mention, it’s designed to work with weak Internet signal or no service at all. So when you’re rushing down to the lobby, stuck in an elevator, you can confirm that you are still going to make that F bus!
Venmo. It kinda seems like everyone is into Venmo right now, and for a good reason! Gone are the days of asking your waiter to split the dinner check between three cards and $20 cash. Venmo is probably the most convenient way to transfer money between friends and, above all, is the perfect excuse to go crazy with emojis.
Uber. "How much do I Venmo you for this Uber?" is a question that would have made absolutely no sense a few years ago, but is pretty frequently asked by NYU students these days. Uber takes away the stress of not being able to hail a cab (we’ve all been there). It’s safe, reliable, and you get to feel like a baller when a personal driver picks you up at your dorm. Just beware surge pricing!
Tapingo. If you’re not already obsessed with Tapingo, consider this a formal invitation to get on it. Tapingo lets you order from your fave NYU dining spots within the app, so when you go to pick up your food, you can completely skip the line and grab it right away. Yeah, you heard us: you can skip that Starbucks line!
HopStop. If you’re new to NYC, this app is going to be your BFF. HopStop is like an MTA-specific Google Maps, except a million times more detailed. Just enter your starting point and destination, and HopStop gives you the clearest, easiest subway or bus directions. It also always tells you how much your journey would cost if you decide to cab it instead… if you’re fancy like that.
Mint. This is going to sound weird, but bear with us: Mint makes personal finance cool. We all know that NYC livin’ ain’t cheap, and as a result, most of us need to stay on our budget grind. Mint keeps tabs on all of your transactions, categorizes them, and even creates colorful graphs and charts for your convenience.
Quizlet. You may already be familiar with Quizlet.com, a free site where you can make and share virtual flash cards, but did you know there’s an app, too? It’s fully functional offline, so you can study anywhere on the go — even on the subway. Commuters rejoice!
Evernote. Now that we’re over halfway through the semester, you know the struggle to stay on top of your work is real. Lists can help, but sometimes the standard old notebook app on your phone doesn’t cut it. Enter Evernote. This app lets you create virtual notebooks and even has a checklist feature so you can step up your to-do list game.
NYU Mobile. Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without NYU Mobile! If you want to get in the know, NYU articles are published daily on its homepage. If you’re Bobsting at 3AM, you can use it to order Safe Ride. If you feel like being employed, there’s a CareerNet portal. As Stefon would say, it has everything.