KEY APPS for col­lege stu­dents nav­i­gat­ing Austin

We of­fer sug­ges­tions for food, life hacks, study aids, trans­porta­tion and ride-hail­ing, plus of­fi­cial col­lege apps to make your life eas­ier and safer.

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - TECH SUNDAY - By Lilly Rock­well and Se­bas­tian Her­rera lrock­well@states­man.com sher­rera@states­man.com

In Austin, there’s al­ways an app for that.

As thou­sands of col­lege stu­dents de­scend upon Cen­tral Texas for the new se­mes­ter, we’ve put to­gether a guide of must-down­load apps for stu­dents.

This app guide is meant for col­lege fresh­men or trans­fer stu­dents who are new to town and need guid­ance about ev­ery­thing from how to get around to the best on-de­mand food de­liv­ery apps and study guides.

So get out your smart­phone and get ready to start down­load­ing.

Let’s start with the ob­vi­ous: If you are try­ing to save money and have a tight bud­get, don’t use food de­liv­ery apps. They all charge de­liv­ery and ser­vice fees on top of pay­ing for the food, and there is an ex­pec­ta­tion that you tip your de­liv­ery per­son.

But if you’re pressed for time, here are some of the lead­ing food de­liv­ery apps in Austin:

Fa­vor

Get food from dozens of pop­u­lar lo­cal restau­rants or cof­fee shops, such as Torchy’s Tacos or Ker­bey Lane, de­liv­ered to your door. Austin-based Fa­vor de­liv-

RALPH BARRERA/ AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Tens of thou­sands of stu­dents at the University of Texas and other Austin schools are re­turn­ing for the new se­mes­ter. We share some of the more use­ful apps to help you man­age your time and grades, as well as to safely nav­i­gate Cen­tral Texas.

DEB­O­RAH CANNON / AMER­I­CAN STATES­MAN

TRANS­PORTA­TION: Cap­i­tal Metro’s app lets you buy tick­ets, see route sched­ules and plan trips.

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