One of the few reasons that Delhi comes alive in an otherwise sweltering July is because of the rush of energy college entrants bring as they join afresh or re-join into a middle or graduating year of college. While most students are Delhi residents, a lot are from all across India, in Delhi to pursue higher education in their dream college. Many of these students are away from home and family for the first time and unfortunately are strangers to the city with no relatives and/ or friends to help them get on their feet and find their way around the city. Luckily for students of today, a number of mobile apps are now available to provide all kinds of information right from accommodation, to food, to local transport, and places to hangout, and safety & security services to make their lives easier, less stressful and more effective and efficient.
Here are our favourite mobile apps that college students in Delhi can download to simplify their stay:
Apps to keep you safe & secure at all times: Safety apps now days are a necessity and a reality of the times, especially in places Delhi NCR. Safety apps have inbuilt feature where one can mobilise help through their angel/emergency network created on the app via a tap whenever one gets into situation where road assistance is required, or in cases of stalking, harassment, or in a medical emergency. Apps like One Touch Response, Smart 24X7, Himmat also have strong on-ground responders to come to your rescue whenever you are stuck in difficult situations as the above. The apps are available on-demand via a Toll-Free Number, also on iOS and Android platform.
Apps for getting around the city: Free of charge apps like Riddlr, Trafi, InstaGo, gives you real-time information on available public transport in Delhi such as buses, metro, and train with complete timings, cancellations, delays, and alternative suggestions. This information through these apps can be a real time-saver for students who have earned somehow the reputation of always rushing and arriving late to their destination, especially when it’s a class.
Apps to help you rent a place: Finding accommodation in Delhi NCR, especially within locations suitable for students, can be a challenge. But new age apps like the Zocalo, GrabHouse, Flatchat, Nestaway can make your life a little easy. They can match your requirement as per your criteria of budget, location, accessibility to public transport and local market, etc. Usually the search is quite accurate and quite a time-saver with detailed information on each property and all the amenities available, along with the expected deposit and tenure of tenancy.
Ride-hailing apps for ease of transport: To travel across the city with minimal hassle, download apps like Jugnoo, Ola Auto for calling an auto to your doorstep. You can also pool a cab by booking through Ola, Uber, Meru, EasyCabs or just spot a bike ride service through M-TAXI, BAXI, Rapido across NCR. Of course in using any of these modes, vigilance is a must and therefore apps like the ones mentioned under safety & security at all times are just the buffers needed. That said, students, at the end of the day, can be assured they will find the mode of transport that fits their budget.
App to order food to your doorstep: Often students are looking out for a quick bite with good bargains that can reach their doorstep in no time. Apps like Zomato, Foodpanda, Fasos, Yummist, Swiggy can help you choose from wide variety of menu as per your food preference and budget, with timely delivery.
App to keep your notes secure: Apps like Google Drive, Box.com, Dropbox, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive can help students to keep all their notes and researches material in one place, thereby addressing the fear of losing them or of them getting mysteriously deleted from the hard drives.
Most of the apps mentioned above are available both on iOS or Android and can be downloaded on your smartphone free of cost, or with a minimal charge, a drop in the ocean, given the peace of mind, efficiency and effectiveness they offer. Of course in a hugely competitive app market, you will also have 3-4 others waiting to serve you, should the one you downloaded not suit your requirement.
A good place to start would be the websites of the app companies mentioned above, which will help you as you articulate your requirement and which the best app may be for you, and after that wishing you ‘Happy Downloading’!