Last updated: 30/10/20
Let’s face it – when it comes to uni, you can never be too organised. Sure, your flatmates will poke fun as you arrange your cupboards by tin size. Or as you install a huge whiteboard to display your various rotas for house chores and activities (the house dinner is held on Tuesdays).
But being organised also means you can make the most out of your uni experience and make your life a lot easier in general. So here are ten apps that will help you do just that.
1. Finance apps
When it comes to finances, most people will try to organise all of their income and outgoings on one huge, unmanageable spreadsheet.
There are lots of apps out there that can help, such as Toshl Finance which allows you to track all of your spending and expenses, as well as any bills that are due - this helps you organise your budget accordingly. It’ll even highlight unnecessary costs to cut, as well as how much you’ve saved each month so that you can enjoy some guilt-free spending.
2. Apps to share bills
Trying to split various bills between multiple housemates can turn into a bit of a headache. However, there are various bill paying apps out there such as acasa, that will provide you with a quote for all of the services you need in your area (such as gas and electric). They will then set the direct debits up for each housemate via an app so that they can keep track of their monthly bill payments. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that there may be a charge for this service.
3. Food delivery apps
There are some nights where you just don’t feel like cooking. Back in the day, you’d either have to trudge to the chippy, or call up the local takeaway to have something delivered. Now, thanks to the likes of apps such as Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats, you can submit your order and your payment details via a simple app so you can spend an uninterrupted night in front of the telly.
4. Grocery apps
With multiple people living in the same house, you’ll probably be using a lot of the same basic ingredients and household items on a daily basis. So it makes sense to share the essentials such as milk, sugar and washing up liquid.
However, to avoid the same housemate having to take the food shopping responsibility, apps such as OurGroceries allow you to set up a house shopping list. You can allocate items to each housemate to purchase and split the cost accordingly.
5. Chore apps
Nobody enjoys doing chores, but unfortunately they’re necessary unless you want to live with overflowing bins and the faint smell of rotting vegetables. However, there are ways of minimising the workload. Apps such as Tody will allow you to input all of your household chores and keep track of when they actually need doing so you don’t spend more time cleaning then you have to. After all, you probably don’t need to clean the oven every day.
6. Revision apps
Living with your mates is all well and good until some uni work actually needs to get done. To help you focus on you’re your work, you can download different types of apps to help you study and focus on your work.
7. Birthday card apps
With so many restrictions put in place due to coronavirus, who you can and can’t physically meet up with is changing quite regularly. If you can’t see your parents for their birthday, or one of your best mates isn’t feeling too good, you can utilise online card services like Thortful to send quirky cards to your favourite people.
8. Google docs
An app is all well and good, but sometimes you can’t beat a good spreadsheet. If you’re on a student budget, you can access Microsoft Office services such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint online for free via Google Docs.
9. Utility bill apps
Downloading your gas and electric provider’s apps can help you monitor your use, submit metre readings easily and have a better overview of your account. Having the apps stored in a utilities folder on your phone can help make sure you’re super organised and have them nearby when needed!
If there’s one thing every house share needs, it’s a group chat. Who’s left their washing in the dryer? Who’s blaring music from their room at 1am? Who wants to come from a wander around the shops? A group chat will make communication a lot easier!
Insurance for your house share
Regardless of whether you’re in a house share, student accommodation, or you live on your own, you’ll probably want to make sure you’re covered should anything happen to your things, right? So you’ll probably need to look for some student contents insurance.
Endsleigh has been voted the best student insurance provider at the Insurance Choice Awards four years running. What does this mean? You can pick up an affordable, easy to understand insurance policy that’s been designed with student lifestyles in mind. You can grab one of our Everywhere Student Packs, or personalise your policy to your exact requirements. Whilst you’re here, why not grab a quick quote?