Freshers’ week is that life-changing time when you move into your new home, get to know as many people as possible, find your way around campus and get your head around your course. In other words, it’s a potent cocktail of excitement, fun and important information. If you’re anything like us at Three, you’ll be most looking forward to meeting new friends and sharing the fun. We’ve taken a look at how your iPhone or Android smartphone can help you out with some of the trickier parts, so that you can focus on settling in.
Friends for life
You probably already have Facebook, Whatsapp and Skype installed on your phone, so here’s a couple of other suggestions to make keeping in touch with your new pals easy-peasy. Addappt is an constantly up-to-date address book, so if you change any of your contact details within the app, all of your connected friends will automatically have your updated information. Contacts+ collates your friends from different social networks and stores them in one place, so you can message and call your buddies without switching between apps. Pictures and birthday reminders live there too, creating a digital treasure trove of memories for many years to come.
How to share
Here at Three, we love sharing – but some things weren’t meant to be shared forever. The Snapchat of Facebook, Secret.li encrypts pictures with a filter so that they look scrambled in your timeline. Feel free to share unflattering and silly photos, choose who can see the actual picture and choose whether it expires after one hour, one day, or one month. What happens in freshers’ week stays in freshers’ week!
What to wear
With a bit of practice, you can save a lot of money if you buy your clothes and books via auction sites. Starting bidding early on may drive the price up, but who has the time to log in and place a bid every time one of the items on their watch list is about to end? Decide how much you’re willing to pay for an item, and leave the last-minute bidding to AuctionSniper. .
Most universities have created their own apps. You can expect features such as campus maps, local bus times, library catalogues and your personal course timetable. Have a look at your university’s newsletters, website and posters around campus to find out whether your uni has an app. If they do, check it out – it could save you loads of time in the long-run.
Find my iPhone is a free app for iOS fans, which allows you to link two Apple devices. You can then track the missing device on a map, display a message on its screen, or lock it remotely. For Android users, there’s Norton's security suite If you lose sight of your phone, you can log into your Norton account from a tablet or computer and trace its location. The app will allow you to set off an alarm on your lost device, covertly take pictures of whoever is holding it, wipe the device remotely or send a ‘lost notice’ so you can make arrangements to get it back.
There’s a time and a place for everything. Freshers’ week is so full of new experiences that learning to cook might not be at the top of your to-do list. But that’s not a problem – the hungryhouse app contains thousands of takeaway options, from big chains to small independents. If that’s a bit too much choice for you, Domino’s and wagamama have their own apps, too. Choose a film, order in your favourite fare and have a cosy night in with your flatmates.
If you don’t fancy a diet of spaghetti hoops for weeks on end, you’ll have to plan your budget carefully right from the start. Make sure you set aside enough to pay your rent, buy books, print things out, travel around and eat. OnTrees securely links to your bank account and helps you analyse your personal cash flow. You can set budgets and the app will tell you what you are overspending on – identifying the leak is the first step in fixing it.