College Tips, American Culture, Life at KU

Helpful mobile apps for international students (Part 1)


Adjusting to student life in the US is a lot easier with some help in your pocket. Add these apps to your smartphone to make the transition faster and more productive.

Apps for college life

Venmo (free)

Popular site Buzzfeed calls Venmo the “#1 app college students should download right now.” This finance app simplifies the process of digitally paying friends for dinner or getting textbook money from Mom. Much easier than cash, and the app uses bank-grade security and data encryption for security. iOS and Android.

Spotify (free with limited features)

Spotify lets you check out a new band a classmate recommended or introduce your neighbor to some bands from your hometown. Stream music with limited features and ads for free, or get full access without ads with Spotify Premium. Tip: Students get 50% off Spotify Premium, saving them $5/month. iOS and Android.


KU Mobile (free)

This official app of the University of Kansas gives you the latest school news, event details and a Campus Map. Learn more about the libraries, campus tours and even the Rock Chalk, Jayhawk fight song so you’re prepared for the next game. iOS and Android.

Apps for finding your way around

Google Maps (free)

Navigating new places can be confusing. Google Maps will help you get around campus, nearby towns and most of the world, thanks to voice-guided GPS directions for driving, biking and walking. Many areas also have public transportation maps and directions. iOS and Android.

Where’s My Bus? (free)

The Where’s My Bus? app helps you figure out if there’s time to get coffee before class by tracking when the next bus will arrive. The interactive map displays your bus stop, the bus’ current location and other stops along the route. iOS and Android.

Yelp (free)

Want to find the nearest coffee shop or a store with cool gifts to send back home? Yelp has over 50 million reviews (plus photos, store hours and more) of local restaurants and businesses. In a hurry? Filter results by price, neighborhood, distance and more. iOS and Android.

TripAdvisor (free)

The TripAdvisor app gives you access to over 150 million reviews, so you can discover delicious restaurants and fun things to do when you want a break from studying. Because reviews come from travelers, you get opinions and tips from people who are new to the area, just like you. iOS and Android.


Have you used any of these apps? Which one is your favorite? Tell us by leaving a comment below!

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