Freshers Survival Kit: The tech to help you get through your first year at University

Getting ready for university can feel like a never-ending checklist and sorting out what you want to take with you to start your new chapter can feel overwhelming. So, we’ve tried to take away some of the stress by pulling together a list of must-have tech to help you get through your first year.


This handy bot saves your money without you having to do a thing, which will help that student loan last a bit longer. Once you give Chip access to your bank account, it will automatically start monitoring your spending. Keeping an eye on your incomings and outgoings, it calculates where you can afford to save money, and even puts that money into your savings account for you. Plus, if you refer a friend to the app you can gain an extra 1% interest (up to 5%).


Perlego is an online library that gives you access to over 200,000 textbooks across 500+ topics for less than the price of a single book. With the cost of textbooks increasing by 1041% since 1977, this is a great option for students looking to complete their core reading for their course. The app and web platform also allow you to highlight and annotate key sections of the book and can be read whenever you want through their offline functions. Only costing £96 a year for students (which works out £8 a month), this platform will quickly become your favourite site when you’re up against essay deadlines!

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If you’re into your sport and dreading the thought of trying to take all your equipment with you on the train, then you might want to check out SHERPR. It allows you to ship your sports equipment across Europe and the UK for as little as £32, saving you space for other things you love. If your society is thinking of going abroad for a trip, they also provide a bespoke discount for teams or large groups, so well worth having a look.


This app will help you get through freshers’ week, tracking what your type and draw all while recording audio – meaning you can get away with sleeping off that hangover at the back of the lecture hall. All you have to do is tap the word you last wrote when you were awake, and the app will playback the audio to help you fill in the gaps. It’s also easy to transfer the files to a Mac or PC as well as email, meaning you only need to take a tablet with you.


It can be scary leaving home for the first time and moving to a place where you don’t know many people. Late nights wandering around the new area can be daunting, but Chaperhome has been designed to make you feel safe and share your location easily with family and friends. The personal security app allows you to post live updates to your local area and send alerts to friendship groups and family. The companion live feature is really easy to use – all you need to do is keep tapping to indicate you’re safe. If you miss a tap, your friends and family are automatically notified with an alert and your location.

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