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What are the best apps for college students?

I'm moving out and living in a flat for college in a few months. What are the best apps for students from recipes to shopping to living in general.
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  1. 94
    GitHub Student Developer Pack

    The best developer tools, free for students.

    VamshiCo-founder @ BearTax · Written
    This equips a students to bootstrap their development project from scratch till production with all the tools necessary
    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    Totally recommend the Github Student package too. I find it very helpful.
    Christopher Leach
    Christopher LeachProgrammer and Student · Written
    I'm a student and this got me into computer science. Gave me tools I could not afford otherwise.
  2. 53

    Clear, effective, mistake-free writing.

    Paraj Mathur
    Paraj MathurCandela Partners, ShopFlash · Written
    Invaluable when writing anything from essays to emails to professional resumes
    • Robert Melkonyan
      Robert MelkonyanCo Founder - Profunders Club

      When you use grammarly, they put some kind of advert for youtube, so when you watch youtube videos, it will stop and their advert will start. Note, this is not a youtube ad, this is an ad directly from them.

    • Ben Adamski
      Ben AdamskiDeveloper. Storyteller. Collaborator.

      The browser extension is a must have, but I regularly pass my emails through this, or draft them in it just to catch dumb mistakes and make noticeable grammar improvements on the fly

  3. 38

    Get 100+ curated Mac apps in a single subscription.

    Pavlo Pedenko
    Pavlo PedenkoProduct Manager @ · Written
    Pavlo Pedenko made this product
    Disclaimer: I work as a PM in Setapp so my opinion might be biased. Setapp is a single subscription for 83 amazing Mac apps with a total value of $2500+ (and it keeps growing). Student receives an access to Findings (which is an amazing app to conduct research and experiments with utmost precision), Ulysses (one of the best writing apps so far), Studies (helps to keep all your notes for every subject in one place), Xmind (fancy mind mapping tool) and a loooot more. Free trial is available.
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    • Christina Warren
      Christina WarrenSenior Cloud Developer Advocate

      I've been using SetApp for more than a year and I have to say, it's become one of my favorite services.

      I was skeptical about an app subscription service, but did the math and for Ulysses, Screens, and a few other must-have apps, it was worth its price.

      To my surprise, it has actually become even more valuable, as I discover apps I wouldn't have otherwise used -- like Expressions and TablePlus -- or that I may have been weary about buying for their price (like Downie, a youtube-dl frontend that is great but not something I'd necessarily want to spend $20 on).

      If you have already paid for some of the pricier apps in SetApp, it's "value" may not be as great -- but as time goes on and more major upgrades are released, it's something Mac users, especially power Mac users should definitely consider.

      I love it.

    • M. Akif Petek
      M. Akif PetekMobile - Web Developer

      First ever subscription model for macOS apps of different companies.

      It's awesome, I regret purchasing many apps before.

  4. Dustin Knopoff
    Dustin KnopoffStudent, CS/Design · Written
    Great discount. Has everything.
    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    Amazon Prime discount in the US is great. I wish this was available in India too.
  5. Amrith Shanbhag
    Amrith Shanbhag6Community + Social at Product Hunt · Written
    Not exactly an app, but a really supportive and super-friendly community of student makers from around the world backed by developers and entrepreneurs who help us out when needed. If you're into making products, check it out :) P.S: I'm the guy behind this community 🙈 ✌️
  6. Great for all sorts of things!
  7. 20

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Hugo Fauquenoi
    Hugo Fauquenoigrowth @todoist and @twistappteam · Written
    Awesome to get organized day in, day out, and stay on top of the many shared projects with other students
    Enrolled students & education professionals are eligible for a 50% discount on Todoist. You can apply through
    • haabe
      haabeDeveloper @ Snopp Designbyrå

      We were looking for a tool to replace Asana, and after initially testing Todoist, became certain it could be the tool for us. But sharing projects is a PITA. There's no easy way to let your team have access to all newly created projects. Also, the projects structure isn't shared, so sharing a new subproject causes havoc in the teammate's projects structure, and the teammate needs to manually configure the projects structure according to it's intended layout.

    • The Todoist app is ruthlessly efficient in helping me capture my tasks no matter when or where I am. Bring collaborators into a project, or a task is a snap. When I'm creating a recurring task, and hopefully a positive habit, or when I am reflecting on my productivity, Todoist works.

  8. 19

    Share bills and IOUs. Make sure everyone gets paid back.

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    As students, one would most often face difficulties when it comes to splitting bills and getting paid back. Splitwise is possibly the best way to solve that.
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    Easily split bills with friends on the go. Available as a web app too.
    • Puja Das
      Puja Dascontributor

      A friend introduced me to split wise while we were vacationing and it's an amazing app. No more mental notes on who paid for what.

      Works great in office when we are ordering food or go out for tea :)

    • Hanna Shylenko
      Hanna ShylenkoUI/UX Designer

      It's been nearly a year since I started to use this app. That experience pushed me to the idea that I can offer something better to all people like me. Now I have my own app called Spend Together :) Check out how it turned out:

  9. 15

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    David Adamu
    David Adamu3Maker. Product Designer @Andela · Written
    As a student, you may want to breakdown lectures into simpler, snackable content while you study. Bear helps you do that.
    • Justin Deardorff
      Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

    • Scot Krueger
      Scot KruegerFounder of

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

  10. Jeff Nowak
    Jeff NowakConnecting AI and content marketing · Written
    Always helps to have your bank account handy. Venmo helps avoid those awkward moments when you and a new friend have to split the cost of pizza.
    Joshua Dance
    Joshua Dance3Engineer, Product, athlete, indie hacker · Written
    Venmo became one of the most useful apps in college. People never have cash, Venmo saves the day.
  11. 16

    Complete presentation platform for professionals

    Roxana Eftene
    Roxana Eftene14Marketing & Business Analysis · Written
    Roxana Eftene made this product
    Perfect for college assignments that require a slide presentation. Also free for edu.
    • Alice Taylor
      Alice TaylorSocial Media Specialist

      The templates help me create my slides easily and in no-time. I like the big preview of the templates which makes it easy to decide which one fits my needs best.

    • Dragos Campean
      Dragos CampeanQA Engineer at Niftio

      it's my app of choice when it comes to creating presentations

  12. 11

    Capture ideas, things to do and places to see

    John Ababseh
    John Ababseh10Epiphany Enthusiast · Written
    As a student we are constantly forgetting things, set a reminder in Wunderlist to ensure our responsibilities are taken care of and check box done the reminder once completed.
    Abhilash L Ramesh
    Abhilash L RameshUI Developer, Freshdesk · Written
    This is probably the easiest and user friendly TODO app I have ever used. Must have one!
    • Alex Pasternak
      Alex PasternakLead Software Developer, Kronos

      I've tried this app many times, but really fail to see what people see in it. It fails my basic use cases of even a grocery list, where I need to complete an item, have it hidden, then uncomplete it when it's needed again, easily.

      But then again, Todoist also fails this. Perhaps these are great for one-time use and throw away items. I use AnyList, and would otherwise use Paperless on iOS (or now Ikiru) before either of those.

    • Grigory Ptashko
      Grigory PtashkoHashnews, Developer

      If you're a minimalistic approach lover then you should definitely check Wunderlist. It's doesn't eat much resources if you keep it open all the time. Lists of tasks, starring tasks is the best simple and productive way of tasks' prioritization. It also has a great feature of adding a task or searching for a task without going to the main window. Just use a keyboard shortcut for this.

  13. 11

    Free, open self-learning platform. Learn & teach anything.

    Udara Jay
    Udara JayFounder @ · Written
    Udara Jay made this product
    Students use Alcamy to organize research and quickly grasp new topics of knowledge.
  14. 11
    Tinder 4.0

    Tinder, now with #TinderMoments photos

    Joshua Dance
    Joshua Dance3Engineer, Product, athlete, indie hacker · Written
    Dating is fun. Tinder gets you more dates.
  15. 12
    PDF Expert 2

    Fast, robust and beautiful PDF editor

    Pavel Sakhatskiy made this product
    Since, most of the academic materials are PDFs, a powerful PDF editor is a must have app for any student. And PDF Expert is the best one.
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    Susan Fellenz
    Susan FellenzPrint Estimator - Remote · Written
    PDF expert is the best app for note taking for any and all students.
  16. 9

    Solve Math equations by using your mobile in real time

    Great product!
  17. Dustin Knopoff
    Dustin KnopoffStudent, CS/Design · Written
    You need this...Track assignments, GPA over a semester, schedule, etc. and etc.
    simply the best app for my college schedule, manage projects and hw assignments. Theres mac app, win app, android app and iphone app. I love it
    Susan Fellenz
    Susan FellenzPrint Estimator - Remote · Written
    Love this class tracking app, keeps you organized and tracks your grades.
  18. 9
    Book Like A Boss

    Simple platform to sell your services & book appointments

    Nachum Kligman
    Nachum KligmanCo-Founder · Written
    Nachum Kligman made this product
    In 10 minutes Students can create a social booking page where they can offer services such as Tutoring, Painting Homes, Landscaping or any of hundreds of other services they want to do to make some extra cash. Disclaimer, I am a co-founder :)
  19. 8

    Find and Read Articles on Wikipedia from your Mac menu bar!

    Christopher Hannah
    Christopher HannahSwift Developer / Writer · Written
    Christopher Hannah made this product
    Although I developed this app, it was for my own use at university. And it served me well when I wanted to quickly get a bit of information, or do some initial research before I went deeper into a topic.
  20. Ibbe Raja
    Ibbe RajaCo-Founder & CEO, Vincoe · Written
    Easy to use and has plenty of novice dishes that look pro