I know it may not feel like it, but back-to-school is right around the corner whether we like it or not. That's right, summer is sadly coming to an end, and soon we'll have to start thinking about textbooks, and essays, and god forbid, early morning classes all over again.
As great as being a student in Toronto is, it's a massive city, with an endless stream of awesome things going on, which can sometimes make it tricky to navigate. Good thing there are a ton of useful apps that not only make your student experience significantly easier, but in some cases, even cheaper! It also doesn't hurt that a lot of them are completely free, and we definitely like free. Here are 5 of my favourite.
Photo Cred - Toronto Food Trucks
1. Street Food Toronto
Toronto is known for its amazing street food, but finding your favourite food truck can be tricky. Thanks to the Street Food Toronto app, that task becomes a whole lot easier as it will automatically update you on what's open and where to find it. Hungry for some Feisty Jack? Find out where to get you some in a matter of seconds, and who knows, you may even discover something new in the process.
Photo Cred - Benson Kua
2. RocketMan Transit
Dealing with the TTC can kinda suck, at best. Wouldn't knowing exactly where the trains and buses are in real-time save you tons of stress while trying to make it to class on time for once? RocketMan Transit does exactly that. No wonder it's the most downloaded TTC app in the GTA.
Photo Cred - Jamie McCaffrey
3. See Toronto
Now I know a tourism app might not seem like something you need if you're already living in Toronto, but See Toronto gives you all the latest info on everything going on in the city. Get the lowdown on all things related to dining, Toronto attractions, shopping and events in the city all in the palm of your hand.
Photo Cred - Danielle Scott
Living in Toronto can get pretty pricey, and pretty quickly, especially when it comes to food. As a student, you're trying to save money wherever you can. Flipp shows you weekly flyers for all the grocery stores in your area. You can also "clip" flyers, so you can compare prices and create your shopping list. This is perfect if you're like me and constantly forget flyers at home when you go shopping, because chances are, you never leave your phone behind.
Photo Cred - 416 Cycle Style
5. Ride the City
If you happen to be a bike rider, you already know it's one of the easiest ways to get around the city. What you might not know is that there's an app that actually makes finding a bike easier. Ride The City conveniently displays the locations of every bike-sharing station in Toronto, along with how many bikes are available AND how many docks are empty, so you're not wasting time endlessly circling around the block anymore.