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The Best Apps for USF Students

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The Best Apps for USF Students

I always feel old when I say, ‘back in my day’, but the truth is that back in my day, we lived in a world without cell phones, tablets, and computers.  To get information at school, you had to visit the information boards, get printed schedules, and visit office after office just to get school business done.  Today, our kids have everything at their fingertips. Information is instant, convenient, and plentiful. Apps provide no need to walk miles around campus to set up tutoring appointments, pay bills, or even to eat.  There are a lot of useful apps that USF students use, and here are a few of them:

USF and College Studying Apps

MyUSF – This is the first app a new student will download because it provides access to courses, schedules, instructors, accounts, maps, events, and so much more.  It also gives access to CANVAS, GEMS, FAST, and OASIS. This app is all things USF!

MoBull Messenger – This security app notifies students of emergency updates via text.  You must opt-in through NetID Account Services. Students can also sign up for features like Eyewitness, Guardian, and Smart 911.

BullTracker – This app gives real-time information about campus bus locations and arrival predictions.

USF Maps App – These maps provide many travel resources from parking, bicycle sharing lots, and BullRunner routes.

apps.usf.edu Application Gateway – This provides over 40 software applications for personal use.  Log in with a USF NetID and they can be accessed from any computer anywhere.

FindMyClass – Just select the USF Tampa campus, plug in the building for your class, and a map will give you directions to the building and estimated time of arrival.

Parkmobile – This allows you to pay for timed parking spaces through your cell phone.

Google Calendar – Allows students to sync their Canvas calendar to their personal calendar. This is a great help when trying to stay organized with deadlines

Google Drive –  allows you to access all drive documents on your phone

Social Bicycles – This is part of the Share-A-Bull Bikes program.  With a pass purchase, you can unlock a bike, use it, and return it to any bike rack on campus within the operational area.

The UNF counseling center has compiled a list of apps that offer meditation, relaxation, and mindfulness to help with the stresses of college.

Handshake – This is an online career management system that students can use to find jobs, research companies, view events, and interact with a Career Consultant.

Career Fair Plus – This app allows you to see all career fair events, see the lists of employers and jobs.

Gas Buddy – This shows the closest and cheapest gas around town and even offers cashback rewards which is helpful for commuter students.

Restaurants & Entertainment

Pocket Points – I love this one. It literally incentivizes students to keep their phones out of sight during class. They just open the app, lock their phone and earn points for the time it is off. Later they can trade the points for discounts at certain restaurants and local and online businesses (Office Depot). There is even Double Point Tuesday. (which is great since my daughter has three classes on Tuesdays.)

Tapingo – This allows students to order and pay for food for pickup at all USF restaurants, and syncs with USF Bull Bucks well.

UConnection – A food and drink app with exclusive deals, daily specials and more from restaurants and bars

UberEATS too, so they don’t have to stop studying to go pick up dinner. UberEATS brings the food directly to them

And when you need coffee, download Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks to pay for your purchase and earn rewards.

EatStreet – online and mobile food ordering and delivery service provider

DoorDash – This is the same concept as UberEats. They have an easy app that guides you through your order. They have also launched Project Dash. This initiative helps tackle food waste and hunger in the local communities that they serve.

GrubHub – Simply browse menus, pick what you want, and submit your order.  Local suggestions are great and most deliveries are around $3. They run specials if you sign up for their emails, so get that setup.

Money, Finances & Getting Around

USF Maps App – These maps provide many travel resources from parking, bicycle sharing lots, and BullRunner routes.

GasBuddy- Shows the closest and cheapest gas around town and even offers cashback rewards. Helpful for commuter students.

FindMyClass – Just select the USF Tampa campus, plug in the building for your class, and a map will give you directions to the building and estimated time of arrival.

Parkmobile – This allows you to pay for timed parking spaces through your cell phone.

Social Bicycles – This is part of the Share-A-Bull Bikes program.  With a pass purchase, you can unlock a bike, use it, and return it to any bike rack on campus within the operational area.

Venmo – Your student probably already has it, but this app allows people to split bills, pay their share of things like groceries, meals, Uber rides, etc.  It’s also a great way for parents to “pay” their kids when they need extra money.

Uber – This is another app they may already have and creates no excuse for putting themselves in an unsafe situation. Lyft is an alternative to using Uber.

Mint – My daughter is a big fan of this one. Managing money while in college can be a struggle. Mint is a budgeting app that helps students keep track of their finances, as well as help them understand where they can make some budget cuts of their own.

For music, many students recommend Spotify and Pandora.

Health, Wellness & Fitness Apps

Headspace – Maybe this should have been the first one I wrote about. I use this one too because everyone deserves a mental break. For students who want to improve their mental health, not just maintain it, the Headspace app is the perfect place to start. It acts like a personal trainer for meditation, taking just ten minutes a day to guide your brain toward developing meditation muscle-memory. They offer a ten-day trial. If nothing else, the app is a daily reminder that for ten minutes a day, we all should calm down, breathe, dislocate from any stresses and surroundings, and try to focus on how we feeling on a deeper level. (Note: I included parents here too, because, well, the world would be a better place if we all did this.)

MyWellness – This connects with most workout machines at the 3 USF recreation facilities and allows students to track their progress.

myfitnesspal – Download and sign up for this popular fitness app. Search ‘Aramark on Campus’ and all menu items will be there.  A great way to stay healthy and stay on track.

MindShift –  MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.

Tactical Breather – Tactical Breathing Trainer can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Through repetitive practice and training, students learn to gain control of heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to the body during stressful situations.

Booster Buddy – Booster Buddy is a free app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. Managing personal wellness journeys as you are guided through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits.

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