As an international student, you probably need time to adjust yourself to college life in U.S., but you might also want to connect with domestic students and find out what’s popular in their culture. To help you better adjust into the college life, here are seven apps you can download on your phone that are not only popular among young generation in America, they can also make your life easier.

1. Spotify (Category: Music)

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Spotify is one of the most popular music apps available on the market. It has a huge library of music from a variety of genres, and its playlist feature allows you to group and share songs with your friends.

There are also different playlists you can access on the app for different moods and activities, including working out, studying, music for parties, travel, and much more.

You can listen to music on Spotify for free, but if you want an enhanced experience, upgrading to Spotify Premium allows you to listen to your music ads-free and download music onto your phone so you can listen without a Wifi connection.

PLUS! Spotify also offers a student discount for Spotify Premium, so for only $4.99 per month you can listen to music whenever and wherever you want.

2. Starbucks (Category: Food & Drinks)

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay

As a college student, you’ll probably need a lot of caffeine—especially as deadlines and exams begin to loom closer. What better place to get your coffee than Starbucks?

With the Starbucks app, you can order and pay for your drinks right on your phone, then pick up your order in the store without waiting in line.

In addition, you can open an account on the app to earn rewards for every item you buy. Once you reach certain level, you can cash in your rewards and earn a free drink, a gift card, and more!

3. Uber (Category: Travel)

Need a ride? Uber offers a cheaper and more convenient option than traditional taxis!

Uber has become one of the most popular apps in America for those looking to get around, especially because in many cities and college towns public transportation isn’t very convenient.

With the Uber app, whenever you need a ride simply send a request on the app. Your location will then get spotted and the nearest available driver will come to you in several minutes.

You can pay directly on the app by connecting a credit card or PayPal account, and you’ll even get a $15 coupon when you download the Uber app to use on your first few rides.

4. Yelp (Category: Travel)

As an international student, you’re probably not very familiar with the city your college is located in, but Yelp is a great way to discover local businesses.

With the Yelp app, you’ll discover popular restaurants, bars and other fun places to visit. You can also view and write reviews on Yelp to share your experiences.

Plus, Yelp is also helpful when you travel to other cities. Before you go, you can look up restaurants, cafés, or tourist attractions with great reviews on Yelp and decide what to add to your itinerary.

5. Snapchat (Category: Photo & Video)

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Snapchat is a unique application that allows you to take quick photos and videos then send them to your friends instantly.

Take a photo or video, then add fun captions, doodles, or unique expressions before sharing it directly with specific friends, or adding it to your Story.

What makes Snapchat truly different, however, is that the photos you send will only exist for a set amount of time after your friends open them (usually 10-20 seconds for single messages, 24 hours for Stories). That’s why it’s called Snapchat!

However, if you want to save some of the photos or video, you can still do it manually, of course.

6. GroupMe (
Category: Social Network)

In college, most students will need to work with teams for projects or extracurricular activities, and GroupMe is a great app for group chatting.

When you take classes and there’s a team project, you can gather your teammates’ phone numbers or emails to create a GroupMe chat. It’s a powerful tool that will help you communicate effectively with your team.

Plus, even if your teammates don’t have the app, they can start chatting over SMS immediately.


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Photo courtesy of Pixabay

7. Evernote Scannable (Category: Productivity)

It might be easy to find a printer on campus, but sometimes it’s harder to find an easy-to-use scanner near you.

Evernote Scannable allows you to scan any paper or document using your phone. It’s easy to use, and generates high-quality scanned paperwork, just like what would be generated by a scanner!




  1. Spotify. (类别:音乐)

Spotify 是很好的听音乐的选择。它的一大特色就是可以让用户创建自己的歌单并在Spotify上分享。在Spotify上也提供不同主题音乐的歌单,比如跑步,健身,学习,派对,旅行等。在Spotify上你可以免费听音乐。但是如果你想要无广告的体验,你需要每月付费升级为Spotify Premium。Spotify还有学生优惠,每月付4.99美元,你就可以随时随地享受正版音乐。

  1. Starbucks. (类别:美食/饮品)


  1. Uber. (类别:出行)

Uber是一个即时用车软件,如果你需要用车,Uber是比出租车更方便快捷的一种选择。Uber app是时下非常流行的软件,也已经成为年轻人最常用的出行方式。在美国很多的大学城交通都不大方便,所以Uber会很有帮助。在Uber app上你可以网上叫车,离你最近的Uber司机会快到你在的地方。你还可以在你乘车前就知道需要付的费用。另一个带来便利的功能就是你可以在app上用信用卡或PayPal等方式付款。如果你是初次使用Uber app你还可以得到一张$15的优惠券。

  1. Yelp. (类别:出行)


  1. Snapchat. (类别:照片/视频)

Snapchat在美国年轻人中非常流行。你可以用它和你的朋友分享照片和小视频。在照片和视频上你可以添加有趣的文字或表情,你既可以单独分享给个人也可以分享到 “My Story”,所有好友都可以看到。Snapchat的一个独特之处就是你的分享会在24小时后自动删除,如果你单独发给好友,那么好友只会有几十秒来看照片和视频。这也就是为什么软件名叫Snapchat!不过如果你想保存一下照片和视频,你还是可以手动保存到你的手机上。这是一个值得尝试的有趣的与好朋友互动的方式!

  1. GroupMe. (类别:社交)


  1. Evernote Scannable. (类别:效率)


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Shirley Du

Shirley is a graduate student at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She has been in the United States for three years, and comes from a city near Beijing. Her interests include traveling and doing volunteer works.

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