30 best apps for college students

The best iOS and Android apps for studying, socializing and surviving college

Best social apps

Since you'll probably be far from home during your college career (or traveling abroad), we know you'll want to keep in contact with friends and family so we've got the best apps to call home with below. You'll also find a few apps for those celebratory post-exam nights.

21. Skype

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

You probably have Skype on you laptop but why not your phone and tablet too? After all, you never know if you'll feel like calling home to say hi to the family.


22. Viber

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

Traveling abroad is a big part of college and Viber is a great way to keep in touch with home (or your new long distance friends when you're back on campus). Completely free, use Viber to call, text and send photo/video messages worldwide over Wi-Fi or 3G. If you're saving money by using Wi-Fi, the app can cut in and out so be wary of spotty connections. But it's free, so we can't really complain.


23. DrinkOwl

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

It's Friday night and you want to have a night out with friends. If you're over 21, DrinkOwl is a great app to find drink specials around town based on user input. Just remember to drink responsibly!


24. Last Call

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

Speaking of drinking responsibly, Last Call is a blood alcohol calculator app that helps you figure out how much you've had to drink, and acts as a little alcohol log throughout the night. It's also able to call you a cab back to the dorms if you've gone a bit over which is a handy feature to have. Android's AlcoDroid app is a nice equivalent for non-iOS users.

Last Call

25. Groupon

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

Dorm life means skimping on meals and eating at the cafeteria as much as possible. However there will be times when hanging out requires a little more finesse and that's where Groupon comes in. The popular deals site as an app makes saving easy if away from a printer and computer=. Since every deal is immediately ready to use, you can snatch it up, head to the location and use the voucher right from your mobile device as easy as 1-2-3 (which is also useful with large groups of indecisive college friends).