Moving to a new city and living away from family is difficult, especially if you been living with them for a long time.
I have been living in my hometown (with my parents) for 20 years now, and finally, I moved out to a bigger city for further studies. Although the lifestyle in this city seems fascinating to me, it’s still tough being on my own at first.
Thanks to technology, we are living in a world where a lot of tedious tasks can easily be done via smartphones. Today, everyone relies on smartphones fo a quicker solution to problems. Here are a few highly useful apps especially for students who have moved to a new city.
Maps & Navigation: Uber/Ola/Just Dial/Google Maps
The basic issue in a new city is traveling and finding directions. Hence, on my first day here I installed a bunch of apps that solve the problem of getting lost.
Uber and Ola are probably the most successful ride-sharing apps in India. Available at your doorstep within 5-10 minutes, these cab services are safe and affordable. Plus, with the help of such services, you can reach your destination even if you don’t know the locality very well.
Just Dial is not a maps or navigation app but it provides you the contact information of almost every service available in the city. Need a plumber? Food? Hospital information? Shops? Movie tickets? Hotels? Just Dial connects you with the basic service providers.
I never realized how powerful Google Maps is until I used it myself here. Seriously, if you got an internet connection and Google Maps, you can never get lost. Not only that, but it also provides you information about traffic and public transportation effectively.
Food & Drink: Swiggy/Food Panda/Zomato
Although I can cook a decent meal, relying on apps that deliver food to your doorstep comes handy once in a while. I mean, coming to my apartment after a tiresome day, cooking food is the last thing I want to do. Thanks to apps like Swiggy, Food Panda, and Zomato, that issue is solved. Plus, they provide discount coupons/ offers/cashback from time to time which makes the food less costly.
Shopping & Payments: Amazon/Paytm/Freecharge
Unless it’s a weekend, I don’t get time to go out and shop for some basic necessities like clothes or grocery. If it’s an essential thing, I usually shop for it on Amazon. Being a prime user, I get some of my orders delivered within the day (sometimes) or the next day. This saves a lot of time.
Another basic task to do is making payments/ booking something/ buying talk time and data packs, etc. This is where apps like Paytm and Freecharge enter. You can do instant recharge without living the place. Plus, cash backs!
Finance: Mint/Expense Manager
Spending money is easy; keeping track of it is difficult. Knowing and keeping a track of where and how you are spending your money is an essential habit that everyone should have. This helps you in preparing and sticking to a budget without overspending. At first, it may seem like a tedious task, but it’ll prove helpful in the longer run.
I have read high praises for Mint as it helps you see everything related to your finance in one place, manage bills, create a budget, bill payment reminders, etc. Sadly, Mint is not available in my country. That’s why I am using an app called Expense Manager. It helps me with activities like tracking my expenses, budget organizations etc. It seems similar to Mint but I can’t really tell as I haven’t used Mint.
Entertainment: BookMyShow/A Music App
I love watching movies. That’s why I heavily rely on BookMyShow for getting information about the movies available in the cinema halls near me as well as booking tickets for watching movies. It also provides booking for other events like stand-up comedy shows, parties, etc. which are about to happen in the city.
Go with any music app you want – Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music- as all of them are pretty amazing.
The above-mentioned apps will surely prove helpful to you. Each app has its own importance.
Other than all the apps mentioned above it is recommended to have a safety app handy that’ll send an SOS to an emergency contact, just in case. The reason for not mentioning a safety app in the above list is that I really haven’t found one that I can rely on completely. So, if you got any recommendation then please share it in the comments below.