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Apps for moving to a new city

By ECollins 21 Jun 2016

Moving away from home can undoubtedly be one of the most exciting things to happen to you - but it can also be scariest!

Surrounded by new faces in a new and busy environment is overwhelming, but it can be made easier. No, not just by using Google Maps - there is more to life.

  • Maps.Me (Android) (iPhone)
    For when you need to find your way. It works offline so will save some panicking if you're struggling to get signal or your battery's about to give up. City Mapper is good for if you're country clad going big city. It'll give you real time updates and route instructions for your transport troubles. 
  • GPS Find me! (Android) or Find My Friends (iPhone)
    If you're really having problems with directions or can't describe to a friend where you're at - let them do the hard work! But be warned, Find My Friends won't help when you've supposedly 'set off' but are actually still in bed...

    (www.jisc.ac.uk)
  • Panic Alert (Android) or Panik (iPhone) 
    In the touch of a button these alarms siren to alert anyone about that you're in trouble. You can store contacts and pre-written messages to be sent to friends and loved ones in an instant.
  • Where's My Droid or Find My iPhone
    These only work if your phone is switched on but can be really helpful! They'll ease your nerves when you've misplaced your phone and it turns up in the bag you've already checked 5 times or if you believe it might be stolen it could help pinpoint its location.
  • Open Table (Android) (iPhone)
    In a new city it's hard to know which restaurants are good, or cheap, or close by. Get a load of this one!
    Image result for restaurant table
    (www.flickr.com)
  • Companion (Android) (iPhone)
    When walking home late at night it's always best to go with a group that you know, but for extra peace of mind why not ask another friend to be your 'companion'? It'll let them see where you are, when you speed up, slow-down, or stop. If you keep it up an alarm will sound letting anyone around know you might be in danger. So make sure you get home safe.
  • Buddy Check (iPhone only)
    A fun one for those of you prone to losing everyone on every night out. We know who you are! Bump phones with your friends before and you'll be able to track them. It's check-in game gives you a time to find your friends and bump phones again. Just try not to bump people you don't know getting there! 

Finding it hard to get to grips with living in a new city is understandable, but without these apps you're just making it more difficult for yourself!

Don't forget to download the Browzer app (Android) (iPhone) to keep you up to date with all things uni!

 

ECollins

ECollins is Residential Life Officer for Accommodation Services - foodie, book lover, campervan mad...well just mad in general.
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