Six free apps you should download for back to school​​​​​​​

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A student looks at his smart phone. Students, cars and buildings appear in the background.

Is your smartphone an extension of you? These six free apps will help you create good habits, stay on top of schoolwork, focus on wellness, get food faster, and stay safe.

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Brightspace Pulse

This mobile app connects you to the Brightspace Learning Environment so you can view course updates, readings, news, deadlines, and grades in one place.

Bonus feature: Calendar view to see important dates and deadlines.

Download on the App Store

Download on Google Play

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TAO (Therapy Assisted Online)

This mental health app is a completely self-directed, self-help app and online program that provides stress management, problem-solving, and mindfulness advice, along with strategies to help you avoid rumination and develop positive thinking patterns.

Bonus feature: Mindfulness library meditations.

Download on the App Store

Download on Google Play

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This safety app notifies you when an emergency arises on campus and allows you to contact uOttawa's Protection Services directly if you need help. It also provides security-related  resources, emergency procedures, a safety toolbox, and more.

Bonus feature: Send your location to a friend in real time so they can track your movements as you walk to your destination.

Download on the App Store

Download on Google Play

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Pre-order, pre-pay and skip the food line with Boost. You can link the app to your Dining Dollars, Flex Dollars or credit card account. View accepted locations here.

Bonus feature: Receive freebies and discounts.

Download on the App Store

Download on Google Play

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Google Apps

Student email addresses ending in are powered by Google. Use the suite of Google tools (Drive, Gmail and more) to work with others on and off campus. This also ensures you can access your notes or projects if your device crashes.

Bonus feature: Unlimited online storage.

Download on the  App Store

Download on Google Play

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Office 365

As a uOttawa student, you have free access to Office 365 software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, Forms and more. Download Office 365 on up to five personal devices.

Bonus feature: All your data is stored in the cloud in Canada.

Download the apps by signing in to with your uoAccess credentials.

What are your favourite apps? Let us know so we can share your recommendations on uOttawa’s Instagram Story.

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