5 FREE services that every college student should use

College. Its described as the best times of a person’s life. It prepares you for the what professionals call “the real world.” Here are 5 services that a college student should sign up for. They’ll help you get through college and are useful for a lifetime.

1. Mint

Called by the Wall Street Journal as the “best online tool for personal finance,” Mint.com is a free service that allows you to manage your finances all in one place. Learn about your spending habits and create a budget to develop “good financial habits.” Use these good habits to get yourself to your financial goals.

Favorite feature: automatically updates all your accounts (savings, checking, credit cards) and creates visually striking graphs with the data.

2. Evernote

Your bombarded with information all the time. The quiz thats tomorrow. The speech that you have to give for your public speaking course. The meeting that you have with your adviser. With Evernote, you now have the ability to remember everything! Capture information and organize it so its useful for you.

Practical uses: You could use Evernote to capture and store notes for classes. Gather information needed for a research paper into one spot. Share notes with peers for a group project.

Favorite feature: Voice notes on the Evernote iPhone app. Got a brilliant idea for something. Open Evernote and hit Voice note to start recording. Then access your note from any computer.

3. Foursquare

With Foursquare you can explore the city that your college is in and have fun doing it. Learn about great places to eat, gain priceless tips on having the best experience and earn little badges for your endeavors. Enjoy college with your friends!

4. Dropbox

They say “the cloud” is the future for technology applications. Its here right now. Dropbox is an service that takes your files to the cloud and syncs them automatically. Have you ever had a computer crash and you lost your assignments for a class? If you were using Dropbox, you could simply login from another computer and retrieve all your files. How about when you give a Powerpoint presentation and you have to load it from a CD or a flash drive or your email. If you were using Dropbox, just place the presentation in that folder and then login from the computer in the classroom to access it.

Favorite feature: Dropbox iOS app. Take a picture with your Dropbox app on your iPhone and it automatically transfers to your Dropbox folder on your computer.

5. Pandora

In college, you’ll spend many hours studying. Make studying at little less stressful by putting on your favorite music. With Pandora, you can create your own radio station. Hosting a party? Create a radio station with several types of artists.

Favorite feature: Build several radio stations. Want to hear hip-hop with some notes of acoustic guitar. You can do that. Want to hear some tunes reminiscent of the beach. You can do that too with Pandora.

Bonuses: Groupon, LivingSocial, Shopkick

  • Groupon allows you to save on deals from 50-90% off. Certainly a great savings that a college student can appreciate. Tip: enjoy a Groupon with friends for more fun!
  • Featured on the New York Times and the Washington Post, LivingSocial is a service similar to Groupon. Save 50% on a daily deal delivered to your inbox! Tip: Get three friends to purchase a LivingSocial and yours is free!
  • Shopkick is a service that rewards you with savings instantly by walking into a stores like BestBuy, Macy’s, Target and more. Its available for the iPhone and Android platforms. Did you know: you can donate your “kickbucks” to 30 different causes.

Image credit: University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center

  • Peter Dan

    I found this page very helpful and I think my son would love to check this one out. He is in college and I already sent him a message with this link so he can have this for reference. Have a great weekend.