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Ellyna Tjohnardi is an international student from Indonesia studying a Master of Digital Communication and Culture. She started her side hustle in Social Media in 2011 and is an avid foodie who loves sharing inspiring travel and food stories. Check out her Instagram for snippets of her life in Sydney!

Folks, let’s admit it; living in Sydney is taking a very expensive toll on your lifestyle. It gets even tougher for students because juggling study, work and a social life is as tough as deciding which cafe on campus to get your coffee from. But behold! Smartphones actually CAN save our lives – as well as deplete our attention, time and energy haha.

So without further adieu, here are 5 mobile apps that I would personally recommend to make your life as a student easier in Sydney. All of them are free, so really what do you have to lose (apart from a few MB of data, but that’s what campus-wide WiFi connection is for, right?)?

This list is presented in alphabetical order and no, none of these companies provided me with sponsorship. Srsly guys, have a little faith!

1) Airtasker: FREE

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Once registered, users can search, bid and earn some side moollah from completing ‘tasks’ posted by other users. You can filter the tasks by location and type. The more tasks you complete and the more 5 star reviews you get, the higher your chances of being assigned. Believe it or not I actually met my current employer thanks to this app!

2) Eventbrite: FREE

Cover artFind free or ticketed workshops, events, parties & more to enrich your experience in Sydney! Through this app I’ve signed up to cool events like the USU Postgrad Ball, a free Yoghurt & Cheesemaking Demo, free fitness classes and even joined a live audience at one of Sydney’s televised breakfast shows.

3) Gumtree: FREE

Image result for gumtree google playIn my opinion, Gumtree’s mobile app works way better than its desktop interface. This is THE must-have marketplace app to buy/sell used things. I got a nice rack for just $8 when moving house recently and sold some stuff that I no longer need. It pays to regularly check the ‘Freebies’ category as users often give away items still in perfect condition for free! You have to be quick though because the good ones are often snatched up quickly.

4) Meetup: FREE

Cover artThis app is different from Eventbrite in that the groups and events are organised and hosted by fellow members. You’ll find a diverse range of interests from general groups like ‘International Young Professionals in Sydney’ to the very niche ‘Settlers of Catan’ gamers group. The app also lists upcoming events from groups that you can join. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Start your own Meetup group!

5) Tripview: FREE / $5.99

Image result for tripview google playYou may be able to find the bus schedule online and at the bus stop, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to predict your trip schedule more accurately, even down to the nearest minute? I tried TripView Lite for free and while it helped me plan my trips, it gets rather tedious having to input the route each time you launch the app. The paid version enables you to save regular trips, and enjoy accurate public transport schedule on the go!

USU Access: FREE

Cover artUSyd students, if you’re not an ACCESS member or are a member but haven’t downloaded this app yet, you’re missing out! Not only does the app save you the need to carry a physical card, it also gives out freebies weekly and (with your permission) push notifications straight to your phone about free food on campus, events, parties and more!


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